Local lawmakers, GM respond to Trump tweet about UAW Local 1112

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Congressman Tim Ryan, D-13th District, responded to a tweet that President Trump sent out on Sunday regarding UAW Local 1112 president Dave Green and GM Lordstown. 

On Sunday, Trump urged Green to take more action.

Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce. G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves. I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment!

In response, Ryan said the tweet was mean-spirited.

“To pick Dave Green out of a complicated situation as this is with General Motors and the international union and the car market, he picks the union guy here who’s been dealing with all of the families and all of the pain and all of the hurt, and to take a cheap shot at him I think is bush league,” Ryan said.

Green released a statement regarding the tweet, saying they are doing everything they can with the Drive It Home campaign to convince GM CEO Mary Barra to reinvest in GM Lordstown.

“As Mary Barra said, GM plans to discuss our fate with the UAW in the fall and we are focused on getting a new product in Lordstown,” Green said. “Folks here in the Mahoning Valley are True Blue, hard working, loyal, dedicated and ready to help General Motors and this country build the cars and trucks of the future,” Green said in the statement. 

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown also responded to Trump on Twitter.

Mr. President, Dave Green and the workers at UAW Local 1112 have shown grit and determination in the face of adversity, fighting for Lordstown from day one. Instead of attacking workers, it’s past time you stood up to GM and joined the fight. 

Trump later tweeted that he spoke with Barra, asking her to sell the plant or do something quickly to reopen it.

Trump also sent out a tweet on Saturday, saying that GM needs to reopen the Lordstown plant fast.

CNN is reporting that GM responded late Sunday to president’s tweets with the follow statement: 

To be clear, under the terms of the UAW-GM National Agreement, the ultimate future of the unallocated plants will be resolved between GM and the UAW,” GM  said in a statement, referring to the United Automobile Workers union.

The international UAW union sent a tweet out Sunday thanking the president for his support.

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