Trump blames union leader for GM job cuts in Ohio – working president promised once he would save
President Trump waves as he and first lady Melania Trump leave St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on 17 March. [Joshua Roberts / Reuters].
President Trump owed a small-town federal leader Sunday not to do enough to store a General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio, as sheltered on March 6, causing [5,445,9064] about 5,400 work losses in a demanding part of the country.
"Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green should get his act together and produce. G.M. let the country away, but other much better car companies come into the US in droves," Trump tweeted Sunday. "I want action at Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment!"
Tweets arrived minutes after a segment on Fox News Channel suggested that Trump be having trouble with his re-election campaign in Rust Belt . Fox News played clips from a Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio – very close to Lordstown – where the president told the audience in July 2017, "don't sell your house" because the jobs are "everyone comes back."
On Monday morning, Trump tweeted again about the GM factory in Ohio, demanding that it be "opened or sold to a company that will open it quickly!" The president plans to visit Ohio on Wednesday, though he won't be near Lordstown. 19659006] General Motors and UAW will start "conversations" in September / October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to live in the US and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies of our history, opened or sold to a company that wants to open it fast! Car Companies …..
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
Trump has used this tactic to lash out at a local union leader before when blue-collar jobs he promised to save ended up with to go away. Trump went after a steel federation president in Indianapolis when the Carrier factory went ahead with job losses after Trump attempted to intervene successfully.
Fox News brought on David Green, president of the UAW Local 1112, representing workers at the GM Lordstown facility. Green said Trumps tweet Saturday – days after the facility was shut down – and said "GM MUST ACT QUICKLY" did little to help.
"The fact that we have seen our Kmart distribution center in Warren nearby, a hospital out here, is all these bricks completed and now undisturbed on [GM] Lordstown … people are starting to wake up [about Trump]" Green said.
Green sent Trump two letters in the last year he asked to stop the plant's shutdown and never heard back. Trumbull County, where Lordstown is located, voted for Trump in 2016 after voting democratically in every election since the 1970s.
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"The president did not sell your house because all these factories are coming back and we are going to protect American jobs. We have seen anything but this, Green said in a recent interview.
It's unclear about GM Lordstown The facility is closed for good. The ultimate fate of the facility will be decided when United Auto Workers and GM negotiate a new Union contract this fall, but for now thousands of plant workers and nearby businesses are out of jobs that often pay $ 30 per hour with benefits.
GM Lordstown plant produced the Chevy Cruze, a small sedan that sold well after the big recession and when gas prices were high but had weaker sales in recent years. GM has thrown the Lordstown plant shutdown as a business decision because it no longer wants to make small cars in the US, but on Sunday, Trump made it as if GM was to blame for the UAW.
David Green, president of the UAW Local 1112, is depicted in his office in Lordstown , Ohio Green started the "Drive It Home" campaign to try to persuade GM to keep the factory open. (Heather Long / Washington Post).
"Just spoke to Mary Barra, general manager of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio facility. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something fast She blames the UAW Union – I don't care, I just want it open! "Trump tweeted Sunday night several hours after attacking Green.
GM would not comment directly on the conversation between Barra and the president, but the company issued a statement which said the future of the plant "would be resolved between GM and UAW." Selling the plant to another owner would probably mean that unions would lose seniority and not be paid as well as they had been.
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For union workers in Lordstown, it is difficult to hear accusations that they did not do enough to keep the facility open. The Lordstown plant workers agreed to pay new wages lower wages in 2007 – about $ 20 an hour instead of $ 30.
Green was part of the intense negotiations and has a Wall Street Journal article from the time framed on the office wall, a reminder of which unions sacrificed in God's dark days to help the company. The state of Ohio also kicked in millions to help retrofit the GM Lordstown plant as part of that deal.
"GM is a big bully," Green said in a recent interview. "My guess is that GM is just trying to get after the association at the negotiating table, and this is just a trick to pushing more out of workers again."
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) jumped to Green's defense Sunday, tweeting that green and other Union workers in Lordstown have shown "grit and determination in the face of adversity" and that it is time Trump "stood up to GM and joined the fight. "
Like Green, Brown told The Washington Post in a recent interview that he had tried to contact Trump many times in an attempt to save Lordstown jobs, but never heard back.
Trump has done "zero" to help, Brown said. "I have to ask him about it. I've talked to him on the phone about it. When the second shift was canceled, he didn't even know that the first or second shift had been made."
Trump spoke to Barra late Last year, after GM announced it would shut down around 15,000 workers, but the cuts progressed,
Trumbull County's unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, more than twice the national rate, making these recent job losses difficult Signals that say "Save the GM plant" and "Drive It Home: Support GM Lordstown" are everywhere in northeast Ohio, part of a campaign Green launched several months ago to attract attention to the state of the city.  Although Trump has been demanding strong growth in manufacturing jobs – last year, the United States has added most manufacturing jobs since 1997 – parts of the country, such as the Youngstown area, have continued to shed blue force jobs.
Completed GM workers have a choice: Get another Jobs in the area that usually pay less, move to another state to work in another GM factory or retrain for another career. About 700 of Lordstown workers have transferred out of state, the company and UAW said.
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