The former union leader for the General Motors Lordstown Plant in Ohio has taken a new role at a UAW plant out-of-state.
Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 chapter, told the Youngstown Vindicator that he had no choice but to take a new position after General Motors shuttered the Lordstown facility earlier this year.
GM is transferring many of its displaced workers to areas of the country where they are needed most and Green did not want to be forced to move far away from the midwest, he explained. His new role will be at GM’s Bedford Casting Operations facility in Indiana, which manufactures casings and converter housings for automatic transmissions.
“The reality is GM is sending offers out to everybody” Green said, referencing his former peers at Lordstown. “I’m either going to decide where to go or GM will. I don’t have a lot of faith GM would make the right choice for me. I don’t want to end up in Missouri or Texas.”
GM remains in negotiations with commercial vehicle company Workhorse Group Inc., which wants to purchase the Lordstown plant. While Workhorse’s output would not be nearly as high as GM’s and it would employ a few hundred workers at the facility at first, many in the area are hopeful the deal will pan out. The UAW must first approve the sale, however, and it could prove to be a contentious issue throughout GM’s ongoing contract negotiations with the union.
Green said he thinks the plant will reopen eventually, whether it’s under GM or a new company, but added that all of the people he used to work with will have left by then in search of jobs elsewhere.
“I really don’t believe the plant will sit idle for a long time,” Green said. “This is being hashed out at the bargaining table. But most of the people working here will be gone.”