WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today reaffirmed their commitment to fight for workers after meeting with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Brown and Portman pushed GM to do the right thing and invest in the Lordstown community. Brown and Portman have been pressing GM to do right by its workers, bring a new product to Lordstown, and give workers the dignity and respect they deserve.
“GM owes these workers and local taxpayers who helped rescue the company when times were tough. Lordstown is an award-winning plant, and GM should invest its massive tax windfall to bring a new product to the plant – so these workers can keep doing what they do better than anyone: build great cars. Senator Portman and I will continue fighting for Lordstown,” said Brown.
“We will continue to fight for the workers in the Mahoning Valley who dedicated their lives to making Lordstown an award-winning plant. Today’s meeting was part of our ongoing efforts to push GM to do the right thing for them. We continue to have questions about GM’s decision to close the plant instead of bringing production of one of its 20 new electric vehicles there. My first choice remains for GM to reinvest in Lordstown, but we also need to hear more about this proposal to sell the plant to Workhorse and whether it will work. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to work with GM, the UAW, and other key stakeholders on this matter,” said Portman.
In November 2018, GM announced it would lay off its final shift of workers and close its Lordstown plant in 2019. GM announced earlier in 2018 its plans to build the new Chevy Blazer in Mexico, which was announced on the same day the company ended the second shift at a plant. GM has eliminated nearly 4,500 jobs at the plant over the last two years.