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    Default Re: GM Offers Buyouts To 18,000 Of 50,000 North American Workers

    UAW president expects GM job offers for laid-off workers to keep coming


    LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In the weeks since production stopped at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green says he’s been working with his membership as they decide what’s next.

    “I’m gonna be here right up until I have to leave,” Green said.

    Green is making a move after more than two decades at the GM Lordstown plant.

    He will be replaced by current Vice President Tim O’Hara.

    “The idea is that Tim and the retirees will help carry the torch here until a product comes to Lordstown,” Green said.

    A decision that all Lordstown workers are having to make as more and more laid-off workers are either voluntarily moving to other GM plants, choosing to retire, or receiving what are called “requisition letters,” essentially telling them they’re being transferred.

    “It just appears to me, in my opinion, that General Motors isn’t going to stop offers to other facilities. If you haven’t received one, you’re probably going to receive one. So we’re just trying to prepare people,” Green said.

    Green says right now, there are only about 400 members on the UAW Local’s “active layoff” list who have not left yet.

    “They’re into the 96 hires at this point on forced offers and I don’t expect those to slow down or stop any time soon. Every week, more job offers are coming out and people are just going to have to make a decision on whether they try to get somewhere more palatable for them and their family or let GM place you somewhere of their liking,” he said.

    Green says another 400 or so have turned down their transfers, deciding to wait and see if GM eventually sends a new model to Lordstown.

    He’s hopeful that they will, and if they do, he says the union will still be here for those workers.

    “We want to make sure that people have union in the workplace, that they have the ability to sit down and bargain for their job and their healthcare and safety, and that’s what we do,” he said.

    Green is voluntarily transferring to a factory in Bedford, Indiana starting on Aug. 19, when O’Hara will take over for the position.

    “I’m just trying to give people the best information as I receive it,” Green said.
    https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news...o-keep-coming/

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    Default Re: GM Offers Buyouts To 18,000 Of 50,000 North American Workers

    I thought there was another post about this company wanting to takeover the Lordstown assembly plant. However I'll place this story here as it has to do with the closed GM assembly. Seems the company, Workhorse, has a plan but they need money to start this project.

    Taking in Just $70 a Day, Lordstown GM Plant Savior Workhorse Is in Trouble
    Back in early May, President Donald Trump blasted out a tweet one morning under the banner “great news for Ohio.” The great news? General Motors Co. was in talks with a company called Workhorse Group about forming a new affiliate that would buy — and reopen — the shuttered Chevrolet Cruze car plant in Lordstown. Hundreds of jobs would be saved, in other words.
    The plan met immediate skepticism, and Workhorse’s second-quarter earnings report Aug. 6 further doused the optimism. The electric-truck maker’s sales, never really robust at any point in its 12-year history, totaled all of $6,000 in the quarter. That’s about $70 a day, give or take. The company’s stock plunged, sinking as much as 35% and dropping its market value to less than $200 million.
    Workhorse has about $70 million in back orders for its electric vehicles, though its factory in Union City, Ind., will handle much of that work. Deliveries will resume in the fourth quarter.
    During a July 2017 rally in nearby Youngstown, Trump told supporters “don’t move, don’t sell your house,” because his administration would bring jobs back and fill up the area’s factories. But by November of last year, GM announced plans to stop production, costing Lordstown the last of the roughly 4,500 direct jobs the plant provided just a few years ago.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/taki...savior-trouble

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    This area around the Lordstown assembly may never recover from the loss. Manufacturing growth has slowed to the lowest level in 10 years. We should remember the false encouragement from our leader at the time people needed more. ‘Those jobs have left Ohio.’ "They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back.” “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”
    Words that some people took as gospel.

    'It's devastating'. End of GM in Ohio town as Trump fails to bring back midwest jobs
    For years, the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, employed 8,000 workers in the Mahoning valley.
    In a rust belt region that has become synonymous with industrial decline, following the closure of its once mighty steel mills in the 1970s, the presence of the Chevrolet factory in Lordstown, and its well-paid manufacturing jobs, was particularly important.
    Then, late last year, GM abruptly shut the plant. The company had already scaled back workers at the Lordstown plant, and this closure saw 1,500 workers, the last of the once huge workforce, out of their jobs.
    The consequences of the GM closure are serious. Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development estimates that the plant shutting down will have a negative impact of $8bn in the region. It doesn’t help that other big employers have also recently left the area.
    The people who have lost their jobs at GM now face difficult choices.
    “They’re hurt now and they’re going to hurt worse later after their [unemployment] benefits stop,” Tate said.
    “If you ain’t got nothing coming in, you’ve got nothing to spend. If you’ve never had to live week-to-week, from month-to-month, it’s hard to understand.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/business...ohio-lordstown

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    More about the broken promises of Trump. Manufacturing jobs are “all coming back,” Trump said. “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”
    Yea, we heard that loud and clear. Among the many other promises made, yet unfulfilled.

    ‘He lied.’ Ohio voters struggle after Trump promised jobs
    LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Voters in industrial northeast Ohio have not forgotten a particular promise President Donald Trump made when he visited the region soon after taking office. Manufacturing jobs are “all coming back,” Trump said. “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”
    “He lied,” said Trish Amato, who worked at a General Motors plant in the area that stopped production earlier this year. “He told everybody it’s all coming back,” said Amato. “It’s not. It’s harder and harder to find a job.”
    Trump’s economic promises helped him carry Ohio in 2016, and the economy will be a major factor in next year’s presidential race. But as voters in this critical swing state state turn their attention to the 2020 election, many say they’re increasingly frustrated with Trump’s record on economic issues, including his trade policy and attacks on organized labor.
    Timothy O’Hara, who took over as president of Local 1112, and other union officials blamed the Trump administration for rolling back the fuel efficiency standards put in place by President Barack Obama as part of his push to reduce carbon emissions. O’Hara argued that the decision to end the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency standards, known as CAFE, incentivized General Motors to stop making the Cruze, which is more fuel efficient than GM’s larger cars.
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy...-promised-jobs

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    Default Re: GM Offers Buyouts To 18,000 Of 50,000 North American Workers

    Not sure why they are calling this start up company a glint of hope. Seems like a long shot to me, but electric vehicles are coming so they have a chnace.

    In Ohio, Lordstown Motors Is a Glint of Hope Among Heartbreak
    In a cavernous Northeast Ohio factory that General Motors Co. left last year, a small group of engineers is coaxing dormant robots back to life — one by one — in a long-shot bid to build a new type of pickup truck.
    Here, in the middle of the Rust Belt, the small, untested company hopes to build electric vehicles where GM once employed 10,000 at its peak, turning out Impalas and Firebirds — and, when the end came, compact Cruzes.
    So far, the fledgling company, Lordstown Motors, has hired just 70 full-time employees, and no one thinks it can bind up all the economic wounds that have hit the region time and again.
    Youngstown has lost almost two-thirds of its population since the 1950s, hurt by the collapse of the local steel industry. In April, with COVID-19 taking a toll, the metro area charted among the nation’s slowest personal income growth. The jobless rate, which had recovered from the last recession, soared to 19.8% that month.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/ohio...ong-heartbreak

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    Default Re: GM Offers Buyouts To 18,000 Of 50,000 North American Workers

    Ok, I just shared a post about fiat plants reopening to full operation after two months of being closed due to virus. So they are wearing masks and doing social distancing. This plant is doing that yet many workers are testing positive. So it means people aren't doing what they are supposed to do outside of work and IMO could cause this plant to shut down. Is no one getting it?????

    A spike of coronavirus cases at two of General Motors’ key factories has put the United Auto Workers (UAW) union on high alert.

    Since GM resumed production at its Arlington Assembly, Texas plant in late May, a total of 22 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. The facility handles production of GM’s full-sized SUVs. At the Wentzville Assembly site in Missouri, responsible for the company’s mid-sized pickups and full-sized vans, there have been 12 confirmed cases since production resumed in mid-May.

    “If we continue to see the number of cases trend upward, the union would have to request a shutdown of the plant again so that it can be cleaned and workers can get tested,” a person with knowledge of union leadership told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s a concern.”
    “Many of the same steps we follow inside our plants can help keep people safe when they’re not working, and that includes staying home if you’re not well, social distancing when you leave home, frequent hand-washing and the use of masks,” he said.
    https://www.carscoops.com/2020/07/ua...two-gm-plants/

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    More about Lordstown Motors, the electric start-up that now resides inside the old GM Lordstown plant.
    We used to have naysayers that claimed we'll never see electric cars, much less solar or wind energy becoming efficient.
    Too late, the world changed and technology is moving forward.

    Breaking News: Electric pickup maker Lordstown Motors going public in reverse merger
    Electric pickup truck startup Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC) is going public through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), the latest clean transportation company to take a fast-track to public trading.
    Former Workhorse Group (NASDAQ: WKHS) CEO Steve Burns created LMC in 2019 with the purchase of a former General Motors plant (NYSE: GM) in northeast Ohio. GM is investing $75 million in LMC, including a mortgage loan to LMC and money for retooling the plant.
    DiamondPeak Holdings Corp. (NASDAQPHC) is committing a total of $675 million from its 2019 initial public offering and a private investment in public equity (PIPE) to fund production of LMC’s Endurance electric pickup truck.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/br...reverse-merger

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    Just read though a few of the posts. What a shame people were lied to.

    Here is an interesting story on the fate of many of those unemployed Lordstown Ohio auto workers.

    ‘Umbrella of stress’ on GM staff, 2 years after plant closed
    When General Motors ended a half-century of building cars in Ohio’s blue collar corner, 1,600 workers had to decide whether to accept the automaker’s offer to move to another factory.
    Those with enough seniority retired. A few started new careers. Everyone else from GM’s shuttered assembly plant in Lordstown went as far away as Texas, Tennessee, and Missouri, some leaving behind their families so they could hang onto their pensions and high-paying union jobs.

    Now, two years later, many of those autoworkers are finding that their lives and futures are just as unsettled.
    https://apnews.com/article/us-news-o...0d1cb100fc6188

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