Brown, Portman to Meet With GM CEO Mary Barra This Week, Will Press Company to Save Lordstown Plant

Both Ohio Senators have Committed to Continuing to Push GM to Keep Workers on the Job

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that they will meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday afternoon, December 5, 2018, of this week. The meeting will take place in Senator Portman’s office.

Both Ohio Senators have spoken with Barra, proposed solutions, and urged GM to work with them to save the Lordstown jobs.

Last week, GM announced it would lay off its final shift of workers and close its Lordstown plant in March of 2019. Earlier this year, GM announced plans to build the new Chevy Blazer in Mexico on the same day the company ended the second shift at a plant. GM has eliminated nearly 3,000 jobs at the plant over the last two years.

“If you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work – people like the workers at Lordstown. Senator Portman and I are committed to saving these jobs and call on GM to work with us to find solutions,” said Brown. “Ohio has stood by GM. Now GM needs to stand by Ohio, and the workers who make their company successful.”

We have the best workers in the world in Ohio, and I’m proud of the workers at Lordstown,” said Portman.  “They have proven themselves time and again, and Senator Brown and I will continue to fight on their behalf.  I look forward to continuing our engagement with GM.  I hope the company sees the incredible potential in this plant, by keeping it open and bringing other production back to the Valley.”

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