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General Motors will begin cutting US contract workers as early as next week.

The reduction in GM’s contract staffing is part of a bigger effort to reduce the automaker’s overall costs, sources familiar with the initiative told Automotive News. The number of contract workers who will be dismissed is unclear, but it could be several hundred, one source said.

GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson acknowledged that the automaker will have some contract cuts coming up, but declined to provide details.

Separately, the automaker is trimming its salaried job costs by 20 percent. To meet that goal, GM needs to eliminate about 15 percent of its U.S. salaried jobs — or about 5,000 of the 32,000 positions that exist today, a source said.

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