DETROIT -- In an effort to get costs under control, General Motors is cutting its North American nonunion, salaried workforce.
GM has made offers to an undisclosed number of employees with the hope of accelerating the amount of attrition the company usually has, a GM source says.
The reductions will vary from department to department.
Employees have until April 1 to accept the packages.
The online edition of the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the cuts may go as deep as 28 percent in certain areas. GM declined to confirm the figure.
GM said last week it is forecasting a first-quarter loss of about $1.50 per share and a 2005 profit of $1 to $2 per share, less than the Jan. 13 forecast of $4 to $5 a share. GM expects to lose about $848 million in the first quarter excluding special items.
Sliding U.S. car and truck sales prompted GM to deepen production cuts in the first and second quarter by at least 10 percent.
Last week, the GM told employees it would not give merit pay raises to nonunion workers in North America. GM also said it is reducing its matching payments to employee retirement programs from 50 cents on the dollar, to 20 cents on the dollar.
Nonunion workers also were given the opportunity to purchase three additional days of vacation for $175 a day.
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