President Trump putting pressure on GM to reopen OH plant

Ann Santiago
March 19, 2019

President Donald Trump targeted both General Motors(GM) and a union official on Sunday over an OH assembly plant that the automaker closed earlier this month.

Trump posted a series of tweets over the weekend urging GM to either restart production in OH or sell the plant to someone else who can get it up and running.

President Trump reacted via Twitter on Saturday, urging the automaker to act quickly and open the facility back up while praising the US investments made by their competitor, Toyota.

General Motors says in a statement released Sunday evening that the future of plants scheduled to be closed 'will be resolved between GM and the UAW'.

The UAW, in a tweet, thanked the president for "fighting alongside" the union "against GM", saying it planned to leave "no stone unturned to keep the plants open".

Sunday he said he didn't care who was to blame, he just wants the facility reopened.

'General Motors and the UAW are going to start "talks" in September/October.

Green didn't respond to a request for comment Sunday. "Stop complaining and get the job done!", Trump fumed in the tweet on Sunday.


"Why wait, start them now!" he wrote.

The carmaker said it has placed more than 1,000 employees from so-called unallocated plants to other GM factories, adding that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees".

In his latest tweet, Trump said he reiterated to Barra that GM should do something quickly, including potentially selling the plant.

In the second tweet, President Trump also claimed "much better" automakers are coming to the U.S.

"Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce", Trump said Sunday on Twitter. The union represents workers at the Lordstown plant. Toyota is investing $13.5 Billion in US, others likewise.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, last week expressed doubts GM will reopen its Lordstown plant, but he said the automaker indicated it's in talks with another company about using the site. Other plants in the United States includes the propulsion plants in White Marsh, Maryland that makes pickup truck transmissions and the transmission factory in Warren, Michigan that also makes gearboxes - mainly a 6-speed unit that is used across the board.

About 4,500 workers at the Lordstown plant lost their jobs over the last two years as sales of the Cruze model declined sharply, along with another 900 at nearby vehicle parts suppliers.

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