Today they have 390 thousands left. GM is workforce keeps getting smaller and smaller. Saturn Pontiac Olds Hummer Saab no longer have any jobs. GM puts workers on the unemployment line. thanks to the good old UAW greed.
Think a little. Why do you think the number of workers went down? You have to be very dense to not understand it. 2 main reasons: Unions and gov't.
Both of the reasons cause the price of autos to go up. Unions drive up cost by the increase in the cost of labor: Gov't causes the price of autos to go up by rules, regulations, laws and taxes.
Remember back a little on the assembly line. How many welders, painters were there? Hundreds. Now how many? Almost none. Replaced by robots. Cheaper.
When I was a kid in the coal industry there were thousands of hand loaders, they were replaced by machines. A long wall operation today, 3 operators and they mine more coal than over 500 hand loaders.
You are correct. UAW should have seen the hand writing on the wall. When Honda came to Ohio over 25 years ago they paid the same wages as GM, namely about $60 per hr with benefits. However it takes about fifteen hrs to assemble a car for a total cost of about $1000. the cost is in the parts. Honda then had over 150 small plants making the parts. These privately owned plants paid about $15 to 20 per hr with some benefits. The UAW should have seen this. GM was paying UAW wages at plants such as Delco.