WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) blasted President Trump for boasting about car companies opening up shop in Ohio, all while GM follows through on its plans to lay off its third and final shift of workers in Lordstown and move production of the Chevy Cruze to Mexico. Yesterday, in remarks to U.S. governors, the President said, “And we have car companies opening up in Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania and so many other places.” Brown called these remarks a slap in the face to the Lordstown workers, who are slated to lose their jobs in March.
Brown has been calling on President Trump to do the right thing and demand that GM use its massive tax windfall from last year’s GOP tax bill to keep these jobs in Ohio. Under last year’s Republican tax bill, championed by President Trump, companies are rewarded with a lower tax rate when shipping American jobs overseas. Brown instead urged the President to support his American Cars American Jobs Act, which would get rid of these incentives for auto manufacturers to ship jobs overseas. The Toledo Blade editorialized that Brown’s bill would “put America and American workers first.”
“The President makes lots of big promises but has failed to stand up for auto workers time and time again. His comments are a slap in the face to Lordstown workers,” said Brown. “Instead of giving companies tax breaks to shut down American factories and lay off workers, it’s time President Trump support my American Cars American Jobs Act.”
Senators Brown and Rob Portman (R-OH) have continually urged GM to invest in this highly productive facility, rather than shutter its doors. The Senators have also demanded answers on the potential job and supply chain impacts, should GM decide to pursue its disastrous decision to close the plant. The Senators have met with GM’s CEO Mary Barra several times and urged the company to save these jobs following GM’s announcement that it would lay off its final shift of workers and close its Lordstown plant in March of 2019.
Last 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.