GM is issuing layoff notices for 5 US and Canadian factories — but over 1,000 workers are interested in relocating (GM)

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GM has begun to notify hourly workers of layoffs at five plants in the US and Canada.
The carmaker has 2,700 positions available at other facilities.
GM is also providing severance and services to salaried employees facing layoffs or voluntary buyouts.

Last month, General Motors announced that it intended to idle five US and Canadian factories amid a shift in the auto industry away from passenger cars toward SUVs.

The carmaker has begun to notify the federal government of its layoff plans for the plants that won’t have “allocated” production — in other words, no new vehicles or parts to build once current production at the facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, and Canada winds down.

According to GM, a total of 2,800 hourly employees are affected. Of these, the automaker said in a statement, 1,100 have expressed interest in relocating to plants where GM needs more labor.

Read more: GM will stop building cars at 3 North American factories and cut its salaried workforce by 15% in 2019 as it shifts to electric and self-driving cars

“Strong US and Canadian economies enable us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

“Our focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition including job opportunities at other GM plants,” Barra continued. “We remain committed to working with local government officials, our unions and each individual to find appropriate opportunities for them.”

GM has 2,700 positions available at factories in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The company also wants to shed thousands of salaried and contract staff — 15% altogether. Similar opportunities to relocate are being offered to them, as well as severance allocations and job-training services, GM said.

Business has been good in the auto industry for the past three years, as …read more

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Three-Team Trade Involving Trevor Ariza, Kelly Oubre Jr. Falls Through 😮

The Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns had agreed in principle on a three-team trade that was headlined by sending Trevor Ariza to Washington and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Phoenix, but the deal ultimately fell through because the Suns thought they were receiving Dillon Brooks, not MarShon Brooks. Once Memphis cleared it up that they were offering MarShon instead of Dillon, the deal was called off, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

The deal is dead, league source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 15, 2018

Wojnarowski had tweeted earlier in the evening that the deal was in “advanced talks.” According to their report, the Grizzlies and Suns didn’t talk directly, rather letting the Wizards facilitate the deal on both ends.

Several NBA players reacted to the confusing mess of a trade:

You can’t make this up 😂 #BrooksChronicles

— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) December 15, 2018

Bruhhh what??

— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) December 15, 2018


— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) December 15, 2018

Report: Lakers Attempting to Trade for Trevor Ariza

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McDavid, Draisaitl net three points each to lead Oilers over Flyers

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist and Leon Draisaitl had three assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Friday.

Alex Chiasson and Adam Larsson also scored for the Oilers (18-12-3), who have won five of their last six and have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They are now 9-2-2 under head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves to improve to 7-0-0 on home ice this season.

Sean Couturier was credited with Philadelphia’s goal before it was given to Jakub Voracek post-game. The Flyers (12-14-4) have lost three in a row and six of their last eight.

Edmonton got on the board first, with seven-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first period when Draisaitl fed it in front to Chiasson, who beat Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz for his career-high 14th goal of the season. Chiasson’s previous career high came in the 2013-2014 season over a 79-game span with the Dallas Stars.

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The Oilers added to their lead at exactly the same point in the middle period when McDavid banked a shot from behind the net off of Stolarz’s rear for his 18th goal of the season.

Just over a minute later, it was 3-0 when Larsson scored his first of the season on a shot from the top of the circle following a give-and-go with Ryan Spooner.

The Flyers broke Koskinen’s shutout bid midway through the third on a Voracek shot that was believed to have hit Couturier and caromed into the net. …read more


Democrats react with fury after federal judge rules that Obamacare is unconstitutional

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Democrats responded with fury on Friday night after a federal judge in Texas ruled that key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” were unconstitutional — rendering the entire law unconstitutional.
Some conservative groups praised the ruling, while other Republican lawmakers stayed silent.
The federal judge ruled the individual mandate was unconstitutional, and that because it is “essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA,” the entire law is invalid.
Here are some initial reactions from lawmakers and organizations.

Democrats responded with fury on Friday night after a federal judge in Texas ruled that key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were unconstitutional — rendering the entire law unconstitutional.

Meanwhile in a tweet, President Donald Trump called for Congress to to pass a “STRONG” health care bill, and some conservative organizations and lawmakers praised the judge’s decision.

US District Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas sided with 19 states led by Texas who argued that the individual mandate — the requirement that everyone must have health insurance — was unconstitutional after lawmakers repealed the tax penalty for not having insurance. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia were arguing in favor of the law.

The Trump administration sided with the 19 states’ individual mandate argument, but also argued to keep some provisions of the bill, including Medicaid expansion and the health exchanges, according to Bloomberg.

The judge ruled the individual mandate was unconstitutional, and because it is “essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA” the entire law is invalid.

The ruling could impact millions of Americans, including those with preexisting conditions. Since there is no injunction from the court, it is possible, one expert tweeted, that the law could stay in place while the ruling is appealed — and lawmakers like House Minority …read more

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