UPDATE | GM details plan to sell Lordstown plant to Workhorse

Published May 8, 2019 at 11:40 a.m.
Updated May 8, 2019 at 2:34 p.m.

DETROIT — General Motors Co. said the move to sell its Lordstown facility to electric vehicle-maker Workhorse Group Inc. “has the potential to bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the plant,” in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Governor on future of GM Lordstown plant
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted spoke today about the potential sale of the General Motors facility in Lordstown.
“This potential agreement creates a positive outcome for all parties involved and will help solidify the leadership of Workhorse’s role in the [electric vehicle] community,” said Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes.

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UAW sues GM over failure to transfer laid off Lordstown workers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – The United Autoworkers Union has filed a lawsuit against General Motors claiming the automaker continues using temporary workers at its plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana instead of filling those jobs with some of the nearly 700 union members who have been laid off from the GM Assembly Plant in Lordstown.

The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Youngstown claims that GM is in violation of a memorandum of understanding with the UAW allowing GM to hire temporary employees from May 31, 2018, through August 31, 2018, to support the launch of a new pickup truck at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant.

According to the suit, GM continued the use the workers even though the union rejected a request to extend the temporary employment until the end of this coming February.

The union said it did offer to allow the temps to work until the end of December if GM would agree to submit a plan to eliminate the temporary group by then and transfer senior union members to Fort Wayne.

The UAW says GM responded with a plan that wouldn’t eliminate the temporary workers until May 2019.

The union rejected the proposal and gave GM until the end of this past November to replace the temporary workers with UAW members.

The lawsuit says GM continues to use temporary workers in Fort Wayne while many of the 690 employees laid off in Lordstown have applied for jobs there.

Alleging breach of contract, the UAW is asking the court to order GM to stop using the temps in Fort Wayne and transfer union members to the plant.

General Motors, which already cut two shifts at its Lordstown operation, announced last year that it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at the plant this coming March and had no plans to replace production with another vehicle.  Closure of the plant would mean the loss of another 1,600 jobs.

The local union, government, and community leaders are mounting the so-called “Drive it Home” campaign to lobby GM to bring another vehicle to Lordstown.

In addition to Lordstown, GM said it intended to close two more plants by the end of this year.

Local UAW leaders have signaled their desire to make those plant closings an issue in negotiations for a new labor agreement which begin this fall.

GM responded Thursday saying they’re working to transfer employees already. That story can be read here: GM responds to federal lawsuit filed by UAW

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GM worker blames Trump for job cuts

By Aris Folley – 11/30/18 10:19 AM EST 5,114
A woman who has spent the past 20 years working at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, said in a recent interview that she blames President Trump for the planned closure of GM’s sole assembly plant in the state.

Nanette Senters, 55, told Vox in an interview published Thursday that she was “shocked” by the automaker’s plans to close its facility in Ohio and accused the president of giving workers at the plant “false hope” at a rally in the state by telling people he would “bring jobs back.”

“All of the president’s rhetoric has divided the workforce horribly,” Senters told Vox. “I was here when Trump had a rally here last summer. He said, don’t sell your house, do not worry about that. I am going to bring jobs back.”

Her criticism came days after GM announced that it would close up to four auto factories in the U.S. The auto company will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze next year and has not assigned a new product to the plant, likely closing it.

“From day one, I could see what he was — the way he managed to give people false hope,” Senters said, referring to Trump. “A lot of people are still hoping he will save them now. It’s disturbing.”

She added that while there’s “a lot of blame to go around” over the automaker’s announcement, she puts a “lot of it on our president.”

“I think it all started when Trump repealed the [Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard],” she told the outlet. “When Trump repealed the CAFE standard, that gave GM more of an incentive to get rid of the Chevy Cruze and do this restructuring.”

“The CAFE standard meant that you could produce small cars that are energy-efficient and that would kind of balance out the building of big trucks and gas guzzlers,” Senters added. “Building the Cruze meant that GM could also build many big trucks and still meet fuel efficiency standards.”

When pressed in the interview about reports that some GM workers are asking the president to cancel government contracts with GM and other companies that outsource jobs, Senters said she believes that’s a “good” idea in theory but that Trump “is not willing to put his money where his mouth is.”

“And so many of my co-workers, around half of them, are still pinning all their hopes on Trump” Senters said. “I hope I’m wrong. I hope he does do something about the thousands of jobs companies are still sending abroad. But he hasn’t done anything about Carrier, Honeywell, or Harley-Davidson.”

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