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Dnitra Landon, a GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly worker, speaks before the start of her shift about her feelings at the conclusion of this plant.
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TOLEDO, Ohio – Hundreds of workers on four General Motors plants who are beaten to close this year face a painful choice: Take the company's offer to work at another factory – possibly hundreds of miles away – even if it means leaving their families, their homes and everything they have built. Or stay and risk losing their highly paid jobs.

The car manufacturer says that almost all of its blue-collar workers at work in danger have jobs waiting for them. Many from the targeted factories in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland have already voluntarily transferred to plants in the Midwest and South, who do not want to take a chance.

Others are still plagued by the decision, unsure whether to sell their homes or hang on hoping their plants can be reopened.

The car manufacturer says that the changes announced in November are needed to cut costs and put money on new cars.

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A Chess Fight

Anthony Sarigianopoulos has negotiations with the Union. sat for 25 years at GM's factory in Lordstown, Ohio, where the latest Chevrolet Cruze will roll off the assembly line once later this month.

He has two sons in primary school and a former wife he comes with, and his parents are just down the street in Youngstown suburb where he grew up.

Sarigianopoulos, who checks and repairs cars at the end of the line, knows he is lucky to have a shot at work even if it is somewhere else – unlike most of the 8,000 white power companies GM settles and those who lose works at the automaker's nearby suppliers.

But he also does not want to move and miss ball games and school concerts, and knows that his boys will be almost out of high school by ten I go back.

Volunteering to leave now for another plant would also mean that he could not return if Lordstown reopened. But if he is forced to transfer when the plant closes, the possibility of returning is still open during his union.

"It's part of the chess game," he said.

So Sarigianopoulos, 48, filled a notebook with charts and graphs describing the advantages and disadvantages of transmission. What he has decided for now – unless he is forced to transfer – is to stay and hope the plant will build a new vehicle.

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Andrea Repasky didn't have much of a choice. Although it meant saying goodbye to her older parents, a niece she loves lovingly, her favorite pizza and her mother's wedding soup.

She had to keep her job because she is a breast cancer survivor and runs the risk of the disease coming back. "I couldn't afford to let health benefits run out," she said.

Saw the 42-year-old factory manager voluntarily leaving the Youngstown area for a new job in Indiana, so she could get closer to home rather than being sent to a plant in Tennessee or Texas.

"It was my goal to be a drive away if something God forbade happened to my family," she said.

Repasky has been working for over a month at GM's truck factory in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she shares an apartment with a friend who also transferred it.

While desperately missing her family and everything about her hometown, she said her decision was easier because she is not married and has no children. Some colleagues moved without their children so that the youth could stay and finish the school year.

"I cry when I think about it," said Repasky. "How do they explain to their kids that Mom or Dad is going and they are going to see you on the weekends?"

In this Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the image trains Anthony Sarigianopoulos children and young adults at the Sluggers of Ohio gym in Youngstown, Ohio. Sarigianopoulos has been in GM's factory in Lordstown, Ohio for 25 years, where the latest Chevrolet Cruze will roll off the assembly line soon. Sarigianopoulos, who checks and repairs cars at the end of the line, knows he is fortunate to have a shot at work even if it is somewhere else, unlike most of the 8,000 white power companies that GM settles and those who lose jobs at the automaker's nearby parts suppliers. (Photo: Tony Dejak, AP)

Summer students

Tiffany Davis feels the stress of it all at home and at the single primary school in Lordstown where she learns fifth grade.

Students know you will say goodbye to some of their classmates in a few months. It includes three of the 18 in her class.

"They are not the spunky, merry crew they were at the beginning of the year," said Davis, 35.

She and her husband, who worked on the GM assembly line 17 years, talk almost every night about what you will do next.

"It has taken over our lives, but how could it not?" Davis said. "It's drainage, it's exhausting. Whatever decision we make, we're worried it's going to be the wrong thing."

The couple decided not to transfer for now. But they sell their house and move with their two children to their son-in-law's loft so they don't pay for two homes if they are forced to go. They also interrupted a summer vacation and cut out cable TV and pizza nights on Friday.

"We are removing our entire life right now because we have no answers," she said. "We know that whatever happens, we must follow GM."

The Right Decision

Right at the decision of New Beginnings Outreach Ministries in Youngstown, Ohio, Melvin Trent stood before about 150 members of his church in early February and told

His wife, an engineer with GM, was sent to his SUV factory in Arlington, Texas.

"You could hear people crying throughout the congregation. One person said," It feels like my mother died, "he said." For some I've been the only pastor they've known. "

His wife has already moved, and he will join her after his son graduated from high school in May. "We've never been apart like this," he said.

Trent, 55, who retired after 35 years with the car manufacturer , said it was a "no-brainer" to accept the move, but not a simple decision. 19659005] "The first thing I did was go to church and I cried like a baby because I left something I gave birth and something I loved, "he said." But it was the right decision for our family. "

He added," I do not leave my natural family, but my church family. "

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Associated Press author Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed.

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