Seventy-three GM workers from Spring Hill are being forced to transfer to the automaker's van factory in Wentzville, Missouri where a second shift is being added.
Employees are being given until Thursday to decide whether to transfer or lose their benefits.
David “Kidd” Cantrell told Nashville's News 2 he has been out of work since the plant went on standby two years ago.
He said he has been hoping the Spring Hill facility would reopen and now has no choice but to transfer.
“Cutting off the pay and benefits gives you no choice. I mean, everybody has to pay their bills and to me, I do what I've got to do,”Cantrell said.
Cantrell said the most difficult of the move is leaving his family behind in Tennessee.
“I have two boys, ages 16 and 17. One son is getting ready to graduate,” he said.
The workers who relocated will likely be eligible to return to the Spring Hill GM plant in six months.
Since the plant went idle, many employees have already moved to Lansing, Michigan for work.
The local facility is eventually expected to add 1,700 jobs to build two mid-sized vehicles.
Workers who plan to transfer to Missouri can learn more information at a meeting Wednesday night at 5 p.m. at the UAW Hall.
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- Sept. 20, 2011: GM, UAW deal to bring 1,700 jobs to Spring Hill
- Sept. 17, 2011: GM could reopen Spring Hill assembly line
- Sept. 15, 2011: Spring Hill leaders meet with top GM officials
- June 17, 2011: GM to invest $65M in NY, Tenn. engine plants
- April 26, 2011: GM plant hosts open house, announces plans to produce new engine
- April 25, 2011: GM holding open house at Spring Hill plant
- March 17, 2011: Grant assists workers impacted by GM plant closure
- Sept. 17, 2010: GM announces plans to recall 483 workers
- Sept. 14, 2010: Official: GM recalling about 400 workers in Tenn.
- June 3, 2010: Spring Hill mayor expects GM plant to rise again
- Jan. 11, 2010: GM execs' comments spark hope in Spring Hill
- Nov. 25, 2009: General Motors Spring Hill auto plant idles