Brown: More Information Needed to Assess Whether GM Announcement is Good News for Lordstown

Senator Welcomes GM Investment in Toledo, Parma and Moraine, but Says Full Solution Needed for All Lordstown Workers; Senator Spoke to GM CEO Mary Barra, Called on Company to Provide Concrete Answers to Workers about How Many Jobs Sale would Create, When, and How Much They Will Pay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) welcomed news from GM that the company will invest $700 million and create 450 jobs spread out across facilities in Toledo, Parma and Moraine, saying it is a testament to Ohio workers. At the same time, the Senator questioned whether the proposed sale of the Lordstown plant can provide enough jobs to make up for the total 4,500 Lordstown workers GM has laid off or displaced since 2016. He is calling on GM to provide full details to Ohio workers so they can make an informed decision about whether the sale should go forward.

Brown spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra shortly after President Trump released a tweet setting expectations that Lordstown jobs would be saved. In fact, the $700 million investment and 450 jobs are planned for elsewhere in Ohio – Toledo, Parma and Moraine. GM is proposing to sell its Lordstown plant to Loveland-based manufacturer, Workhorse. But it is unclear exactly how many jobs the sale could create, when those jobs could be created or whether they would pay as much as current Lordstown GM work. Brown demanded Barra provide concrete details to Lordstown workers.

GM has announced plans to roll out 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 and Brown has pressed the company to invest its record profits and windfall from the Republican tax bill to invest in retooling Lordstown to build those vehicles. Workhorse is a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing. Their interest in Lordstown calls into question why GM would not invest in making electric vehicles in Lordstown itself.

“GM’s decision to invest in facilities across the state is a testament to the Ohio workers and we welcome this news for Toledo, Parma and Moraine,” said Brown. “It’s still too early to tell whether the proposed sale of Lordstown is good news for workers there. Workhorse is a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing and we are proud to have them call Ohio home, but GM cannot shirk its responsibility to these workers. My number one job is always to fight for the best possible outcome for Ohio workers, and that’s what I will continue to do as we learn more.”

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has been fighting for Lordstown workers since GM announced layoffs at the plant.

Brown has introduced legislation, the American Cars American Jobs Act, which would get rid of incentives for auto manufacturers to ship jobs overseas. The Toledo Blade editorialized that Brown’s bill would “put America and American workers first.”  At a Senate Finance Committee hearing last September, an expert witness said Brown’s American Cars, American Jobs Act would ‘absolutely’ help American autoworkers.

Brown’s bill would benefit Ohio companies and workers throughout the auto supply chain. The legislation would put U.S.-made cars on equal footing with foreign-made vehicles and update the tax code to remove incentives for auto companies to offshore jobs.

 

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