The Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant has lost two-thirds of its workforce in recent years as General Motors has cut the third and second shift from the plant that builds the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze sedan.
Now, a UAW leader has appealed to President Trump to help reinforce the plant’s shaky future, Wards Auto reported on Friday.
UAW Local 1112 President David Green penned a letter to the president explaining the plant’s situation and described GM’s decision to build the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico the same day 1,200 UAW workers lost their jobs.
The letter in part reads, “While I represent the hard-working men and women at the General Motors Lordstown complex, many other working people will be impacted if we cease to exist. We work hard every day in order to produce one of the highest quality automobiles General Motors builds, the Chevrolet Cruze.”
Earlier this month, GM CEO Mary Barra failed to ensure the Ohio plant’s future when Senator Sherrod Brown (D) pressed her on why the plant is underutilized. Barra reportedly answered it would be “too expensive” to retool the plant for Blazer production. A GM spokesperson told Wards Auto the decision to build the Blazer in Mexico was made years ago when Lordstown was running at three shifts and at full capacity. The shift to crossovers and SUVs is a recent happening, the spokesperson added.
Green’s letter continues to read, “You campaigned on the promise to keep Americans working, yet on June 22, 2018, GM announced they would build the new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico. Ironically this was also the very last day of our second shift, (and) another 1,200 workers were laid off. The fact (is) that many of our workers here in Ohio voted for you, and for you to remain silent on this issue is disturbing. What’s more, GM recently received a huge tax break through the new tax policy. The cut in the corporate tax rate will save General Motors billions of dollars.”
Finally, Green asked President Trump to request GM take some of its tax break savings and reinvest in the Lordstown facility. Thus far, Green hasn’t heard back from the White House. The letter is dated July 6.