Through his preferred method of communication, U.S. President Donald Trump continued a firestorm of tweets Monday attacking General Motors for its decision to idle its Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio. He questioned why the automaker and the United Automobile Workers union were waiting until September to negotiate about the Lordstown’s future, according to the The Detroit Free Press.
“General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October. Why wait, start them now!” Trump wrote in one tweet.
General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to stay in the U.S.A. and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast! Car companies…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Just last week, the UAW met in Detroit to elect its bargaining team that’ll negotiate with GM on a new contract. At the UAW’s Special Convention, union leaders voted to raise strike pay $50 to $250, which will increase to $275 in January 2020 just as production is scheduled to conclude at Detroit-Hamtramck.
The new round of tweets came after Trump criticized General Motors and CEO Mary Barra over the weekend. He also called out local UAW 1112 president David Green, calling him a “Democrat” who needed to “get his act together and produce.” It’s the same Green who wrote to Trump last year asking for his assistance in funneling new investment into the facility when GM laid off the second shift at Lordstown.
It’s unclear what General Motor plans to do with the factory. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently said he’s not privy to GM’s decision-making process; however, he believes the automaker is doing work behind the scenes. He added that he hopes the state can be involved with any potential plans so it can help assist in bringing in new jobs. Many of those affected by the Lordstown closure moved to other job openings at other GM factories. Several have started working at GM’s Toledo Transmission Plant.