(Marisa Fernandez – Axios)
President Trump once again blasted General Motors and the United Automobile Workers this week for closing a Chevrolet Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, as union activists accused the carmaker of favoring hedge funds over the workers laid off amid plant closures.
Why it matters: Ahead of Trump’s visit to Ohio later this week where he’s expected to push for more manufacturing jobs, the closure of the GM plant has become a key issue in a state critical for him in 2020. The closure in Lordstown was part of a 15% cut to GM’s salaried workforce in North America, affecting jobs that the president promised were “all coming back” to the state in 2017.
What Trump’s saying: He tweeted Sunday: “Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce. G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves. I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment!” Click here to read more.
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- GM, Union Enter Negotiations to Save Jobs in Canada (Detroit Free Press)
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