GM announces mass layoffs, union fights back

Posted Nov. 28, 2018 by

This week, General Motors made the shocking announcement that they will lay off nearly 15,000 employees around the country and close five GM manufacturing plants in North America, including one in Lordstown, near Youngstown.

The United Autoworkers local in Lordstown--where GM makes the Chevy Cruze--was blindsided by the announcement. That plant has been around since the 1960s and is integral to the manufacturing base of Youngstown and the entire Mahoning Valley.

Union leaders and elected officials like Sen. Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) are pleading their case to keep the plant open and retool it.

Any layoff would directly affect 1,600 workers there, but many thousands more who depend on the plant’s supply chain would also feel devastating effects.

Union workers of UAW local 1112 have launched a campaign to try to save the plant and protect jobs called “Drive It Home.”

Not only did GM receive tax breaks to spur job development, President Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to this area of the country.

To read more about the union efforts to try to save Lordstown, go to the following links:

Drive It Home Ohio Facebook Page 

Drive It Home Ohio Twitter Page 

Drive It Home Ohio Webpage