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GM to Trump: "To be ready," the company and UAW will determine the fate of the Lordstown plant



"To be clear, according to the UAW-GM National Agreement, the ultimate future for the unassigned plants will be resolved between GM and UAW" GM (GM) said in a statement referring to United Automobile Workers Union.
The car manufacturer announced a major global restructuring in November, including the closure of four US factories and another in Canada. It said it would reduce 8,000 paid and contractual jobs, which meant a 15% reduction in the workforce.
Trump tweeted on Sunday night that he spoke to GM CEO Mary Barra about the affected factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Trump said he "asked her to sell it or do something fast" but that Barra "owed the UAW Union."
Trump has repeatedly attacked GM and personally criticized Barra since the closures were announced – perhaps hoping that the giant automaker would give him a political win by reconsidering his plans.
Lordstown is the first of the four American plants GM closes. It had 1,435 hourly paid last year at the time the company announced plans to close it. The production in the plant ended this month.

GM said in its statement on Sunday that the primary focus was to offer employee jobs in other facilities "where we have growth opportunities".

"We have now placed over 1,000 employees from our unassigned plants to other GM sites, and we have opportunities for almost all affected employees," it added.

Former Sunday, Trump accused GM of letting the US be down and criticized David Green, the local UAW president who felt him a democrat.
As GM's Lordstown plant idle, an iconic American job approaches extinction

Green did not respond promptly to a request for comment.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said he disagreed with Trump's criticism of the local manager

Green "is in the same boat as me," Hill said. "We have no local control as it is between GM and UAW International, they both have an effort in this now. We will still push for a new product and remain optimistic. I will not beat GM because they have been here for 53 years they have been good neighbors. "

Brian Rothenberg, a spokesman for UAW International, said the union is focusing on its members and that "it will leave no stone unworked to work to keep the plants open."

Trump's GM tweets shortened a day of presidential elections on social media. In addition to GM, the president beat democrats and even Fox News anchors. He also called on Jeanine Pirro's return to Fox after the network had suspended her.


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