GM Is Offering $60,000 to Get Workers to Move

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The Janesville, Wis., truck assembly plant of General Motors Corp. is shopping for full-time workers. There's a catch, however. You must already be a GM employee.

GM is offering workers a $60,000 bonus over three years to entice them to relocate to plants where they are needed.

Janesville - which makes medium-duty and light-duty trucks, including the popular Suburban - needs about 150 full-time hourly workers to fill vacant spots that came about as a result of deaths, resignations and retirements, said Terry Kriebel, general supervisor of personnel administration at the plant.

Janesville plant officials have visited Wentzville, Mo., Lordstown, Ohio, and Van Nuys, Calif., in search of workers. All those places have GM plants that are trimming their work forces or closing.

Other GM plants with popular products - such as truck plants in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Shreveport., La. - also are shopping for workers, said Sherry Childers, a spokeswoman with GM's North American Truck Platform Division.

Car plants in Arlington, Texas; Defiance, Ohio; and Tonawanda, N.Y., also need workers. …