The breakdown of the total financial cost reveals that the General lost $1.8 billion in the second quarter alone, as well as $800 million from lost production in the first quarter, totaling $2.6 billion dollars. In addition to this, GM paid American Axle $215 million to finance employee downsizing and buyouts to bring the total to $2.815 billion, reports Automotive News.
During the strike as many as 30 assembly and parts plants were affected, and in total there was a 330,000 unit deficit in production. The loss suffered is heavy but may eventually be offset by the lower prices GM will have to pay for labor from American Axle. New deals are expected to cut a typical worker’s wages by $10 per hour, but offers buyouts of up to $140,000.