According to the Post, a tentative agreement between United Auto Workers and General Motors did not include a complete deal to bring the manufacturing plant back to Lordstown, Ohio. The city has been a focus of President Trump and the union. According to some sources familiar with the deal, the GM and UAW have negotiated to return to the recently closed plant. The plant had produced the Chevy Cruze. The agreement was made to prevent the extension of the 31-day strike.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the Post that once the company has a little breathing space, it will restore the vision of Lordstown. The second source informed about the negotiations and confirmed that the Ohio plant agreement, which will be submitted to the union’s council for voting on Thursday, now will not be part of the central package. Earlier this year, Trump made a national issue of the plant. He even took to Twitter and asked Mary Barra, CEO of GM to reopen it. Trump wrote on March 17th: “Just talking to Mary Barra about the plant in Lordstown, Ohio.” He added that he is not happy with the decision to keep the plant closed when other things in the country are booming. So, he asked her to do something quickly or sell it. He also wrote that she blamed the union of UAW.
The company announced that the plant and four other plants in the US and Canada would be closed in November 2018. The announcement was made to save the company US$ 6 billion by the year-end of 2020. GM also planned to use the money in electric vehicles, which was expected to account for 75% of its total sales by the next decade. In March, before closing the Lordstown plant, the company employed 1,400 workers. A person familiar with the matter said that negotiators at the UAW have been urging GM to make cars with internal combustion engines instead of electric cars in Mexico as they need more workers. A GM spokesperson declined to comment.