Trump Races To Reopen GM Plant Ahead Of Ohio Visit

Irving Hamilton
March 18, 2019

President Donald Trump has resumed his criticism of General Motors, its CEO Mary Barra, and a local labor leader in OH for not yet reopening a massive plant in the key swing state where he had vowed that jobs were "all coming back".

The plants affected include Lordstown in Warren, Ohio that makes the Chevrolet Cruise, the Detroit-Hamtramck Operations in Detroit, Michigan that makes the Buick Lacrosse, the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac CT6. Those tweets criticized GM for letting down the US and urged the company to reopen the plant or find a new owner quickly.

"G.M. let our Country down, but other much better auto companies are coming into the droves", Trump tweeted earlier Sunday. More than 3,300 hourly workers were laid off indefinitely, representing about 7 percent of GM's hourly USA employees.

What's new. Over the weekend and into Monday morning, Trump continued to pressure GM, as well as the local United Auto Workers union, to reopen the Lordstown plant.

The US president has blasted the automaker's top executive for a decision to close a number of plants in the US and Canada and the company's reluctance to sell the factories to a different owner, forcing thousands of people out of their jobs.

He also said he spoke to GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday and asked her to either sell the plant or "do something quickly".

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General Motors said in a statement Sunday that the future of plants scheduled to be closed "will be resolved between GM and the UAW". She blamed the UAW Union - I don't care, I just want it open!' "Bring jobs home!" he said in close.

'General Motors and the UAW are going to start "talks" in September/October. "Stop complaining and get the job done!", Trump fumed in the tweet on Sunday.

The automaker also says that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered.

The Lordstown, Ohio plant employed about 1,500 American workers and produced the Chevrolet Cruze before it closed.

Trump is expected to visit OH this week.

The plant was idled in early March after more than 50 years.

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