Ongoing semiconductor shortages have forced General Motors to idle three North American Assembly plants  for a week, joining other automakers Ford, Stellantis and others impacted by the parts issue. One of the causes of the shortage has been the “offshoring of semiconductor production to countries in Asia. “Over the past 30 years, production of semiconductors has been offshored to South Korea, Taiwan and more recently, China” said UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg. “Today, the United States only controls manufacturing for about 14% of all semiconductors.”

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