In a media release sent out yesterday, GM said it had given the UAW a contract offer that would “solutions,” for closed assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan. While the automaker did not go into the specifics of the plan, rumors later emerged that the company was planning on allocating battery cell production to Lordstown for its upcoming line of new electric vehicles.
Additionally, GM’s plan to begin producing battery cells in Lordstown would not impact the sale of the facility to Lordstown Motors – the newly formed company led by former Workhorse CEO Steve Burns. Lordstown Motors hopes to purchase the plant and begin producing commercial electric vehicles there. While the specifics of the plan aren’t available, it sounds as though the facility may be split between Lordstown Motors and GM.
GM’s offer to the UAW also entailed allocating production of its new electric pickup truck to Detroit-Hamtramck. While these moved could bring thousands of jobs back to Michigan and Ohio, GM isn’t slated to begin production of its electric vehicles or its electric pickup trucks for a few years or so, likely leaving the plants idle for the near future.
The automaker claimed its proposal also included “over $7 billion in investments,” in the US over the next four years, resulting in 5,400 jobs. In a separate statement issued this morning, GM claimed negotiations with the UAW have resumed and said its goal remains “to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our business.”