Union leadership for the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant has announced a major shift for union members: Local 1714 and Local 1112 will merge to simply become Local 1112.
The Lordstown facility is the only GM manufacturing plant that is represented by two union chapters, which leadership said puts the facility at a disadvantage since negotiations must be carried out twice and services are duplicated. Union leadership told all members no workers will lose their job in the transition, according to local news affiliate WFMJ.
Following the merger announcement, GM Lordstown Communications Manager Thomas Mock notified all workers of incoming “adjustments” that are planned for manufacturing and administrative operations at the plant. Additional details are not available.
The Lordstown assembly plant has been hit hard by slowing demand for compact cars in the United States. The plant builds the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze exclusively, which has seen sales drop significantly. Consumers have largely turned to crossovers and other utility vehicles. Planned downtime has been carried out throughout the summer and GM cut the plant’s third shift last year. 1,200 jobs were lost as a result.