The United Auto Workers (UAW) has released a new video criticizing GM for shutting down the GM Lordstown plant in Warren, Ohio. The video also calls out Ford and Stellantis for its plant closures. The new video was released as the UAW continues to strike against all three of the Big Detroit automakers in response to the expiration of previous labor contracts.
Clocking in at a little over three-and-a-half minutes, the video includes statements from UAW President Shawn Fain.
“Our hometowns are under attack. Belvidere, Lordstown, Romeo – just a few years ago, they were thriving towns and profitable auto plants,” Fain says, referencing Stellantis, GM, and Ford facilities, respectively.
According to the video, the Big Three Detroit automakers have collectively closed 65 plants in the last two decades, which has had a significant impact on local communities.
“Plant closures shutter local businesses, wreck lives and rip apart families,” Fain adds.
The video goes on to highlight the experience of several former GM Lordstown employees, including Dustin Rose, who says that the closure “completely turned my life upside down.”
The GM Lordstown plant opened in 1966, and spans some 6.2 million square feet on 905 acres. The plant included vehicle assembly, a paint shop, a body shop, and a metal stamping facility. GM began winding down production at the facility in 2017 following declining sales of the Chevy Cruz, ending the third shift in January of that year, affecting 1,200 workers. GM eliminated the second shift at the plant in 2018, cutting 1,500 jobs in the process. GM announced it would build the Chevy Blazer at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico the same day that it ended the second shift at the Lordstown plant, drawing the ire of the UAW. The Lordstown plant finally ended production in 2019. GM later entered into talks to sell the plant.
Check out the full UAW video right here:
The UAW is currently striking at all three of the Big Detroit automakers, recently expanding its strike against GM and Stellantis due to a lack of progress in contract negotiations.