Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump Wants GM To Either Reopen Or Sell Its Ohio Plant NOW

Trump Wants GM To Either Reopen Or Sell Its Ohio Plant NOW

President Donald Trump said he wants an immediate start to talks between General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers, extending to a third day his calls for the carmaker and union to reopen an OH factory.

The Wall Street Journal tech and autos reporter Tim Higgins on President Trump sparring with General Motors over the closure of a Lordstown, Ohio plant.

On Monday, President Trump urged GM and UAW leaders to step up talks and "get that big, lovely plant in OH open now". "MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!"

Earlier in November, General Motors announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing plants in Lordstown, plants in MI, and Ontario, Canada. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that officials should start talks with the United Auto Workers immediately so that the Lordstown plant could be reopened or sold. "She blamed the UAW union - I don't care, I just want it open!" he tweeted. It's unclear if the Trump administration responded to Green's request. "Stop complaining and get the job done!"

But he demanded, "Why wait, start them now!"

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Also, a release says Brown is demanding the GM CEO Mary Barra clarify what she told the President and why she would blame workers when this plant has received such high ratings for its effectiveness.

He also blasted GM for letting down the USA and asserted "much better" automakers are coming to the country.

The Lordstown plant was responsible for Chevrolet Cruze sedan production, which ended this month. He claimed that "other much better vehicle companies are coming into the droves". The automaker did attempt to clarify its position that keeping open any of the plants that are slated to close are subject to labor negotiations with the UAW for a new contract this year. Overall, the company said its restructuring plan would result in the elimination of about 14,000 jobs, though it has said some of those workers will be able to transfer to other facilities. Likewise, his tweet conflicts with his own previous acknowledgment of GM's reason for closing Lordstown along with four other North American plants. On Sunday, Trump trained his ire on the local Lordstown UAW president, David Green, calling him a "Democrat" who "ought to get his act together and produce".

The last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line on March 6 at Lordstown, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year, and ending USA production of the Cruze.

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