Workers at the Lordstown, Ohio, facility received bad news last week as union officials announced General Motors would cut the plant’s second shift, resulting in job losses up to 1,500 workers. The plant that once ran three shifts, will be down to a single shift.
The unwelcome news to employees has spurred Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown to pen a scathing letter to GM CEO Mary Barra. In the letter, Senator Brown demanded answers to a number of questions surrounding Lordstown investments and future plans after the automaker’s corporate tax cut from 35 percent to 21 percent.
In the text, the Senator penned 11 specific questions to help address the plant’s future. Senator Brown argued union workers and their families deserve to know the future of their livelihoods. In particular, the Senator asked of GM’s plans regarding the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, which is produced in Mexico.
He asked what sales changes are needed to reinstate the second or third shifts at the plant, and then asked how many Cruze hatchbacks were imported from Mexico in 2016 and 2017. The Senator followed up the questions by asking if GM has plans to expand production of the Cruze hatchback in Mexico, and pondered if GM has considered producing the hatchback at the Lordstown facility.
The long letter includes some pretty harsh language and pegs GM executives as greedy while they “line the pockets” of executives and shareholders. You can see the entire letter at the link here.