The United Auto Workers union has come out in opposition of General Motors’ recent $1 billion investment at its Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, calling the decision to make such a major investment in a foreign country a “slap in the face” for U.S. taxpayers and the American workforce.
The American automaker announced the Ramos Arizpe investment this week, which will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art electric vehicle production facility. Ramos Arizpe will be GM’s fifth EV manufacturing plant, joining Spring Hill Assembly in Tennessee, Factory Zero in Metro Detroit, Lake Orion Assembly in Michigan and CAMI Assembly in Ontario.
Francisco Garza, president of GM Mexico, said the investment “will contribute to continue boosting Mexican manufacturing while bringing development to the region, the industry and the country.” The Ramos Arizpe facility currently builds the Chevy Equinox and Chevy Blazer and employs about 5,600 workers.
In a statement released Thursday, the UAW derided GM’s decision to produce EVs in Mexico that will be intended for consumption in America. The union also criticized GM for pushing politicians in Washington to roll out new government tax incentives and subsidies to support the purchase and production of EVs while simultaneously sending production work for these battery-powered vehicles to Mexico.
“At a time when General Motors is asking for a significant investment by the U.S. government in subsidizing electric vehicles, this is a slap in the face for not only UAW members and their families but also for U.S. taxpayers and the American workforce,” UAW Vice president Terry Dittes said.
“General Motors automobiles made in Mexico are sold in the United States and should be made right here, employing American workers. That is why our nation is investing in these companies. Taxpayer money should not go to companies that utilize labor outside the U.S. while benefiting from American government subsidies. This is not the America any of us signed on for. Frankly, it is unseemly.”
GM responded to the letter by pointing out that it “recently announced nearly 9,000 jobs and more than $9 billion in new electric vehicle or battery cell manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.”
Renovation work at the Ramos Arizpe plant will be completed by 2023.