LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – President Joe Biden issued a statement Friday about workers at Ultium Cells in Lordstown unionizing.

Biden congratulated the newest members of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) at Ultium saying “American and union workers can and will lead the world in manufacturing once again.”

Ultium Cells workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the UAW union.

Biden went on to say that union workers built the middle class in America

Congratulations to the newest members of the United Auto Workers at the Ultium Cells LLC EV battery plant in Warren, Ohio. I ran for President to rebuild the middle class. The middle class built America – and unions built the middle class. My economic plan is creating good-paying jobs that you can raise a family on – many that don’t require a college degree – and provide the free and fair choice to join a union. By rebuilding our infrastructure and our manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries and semi-conductors, these jobs will bring our supply chains back home and tackle the climate crisis at the same time. In my administration, American and union workers can and will lead the world in manufacturing once again.

President Joe Biden

Congressman Tim Ryan, D-13th District, also issued a statement Friday saying that Ultium Cells, along with other businesses in Lordstown have created new opportunities for the Valley

When General Motors shuttered the Lordstown plant, our community was devastated. But I remained engaged with company leadership and let them know we needed their vision and new investments to be a part of the Mahoning Valley and Ohio. To see Ultium Cells workers vote to unionize and gain a voice in their workplace is overdue, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do. With Ultium, Foxconn and TJX/Homegoods, we have created opportunities for our young people to thrive, and the future is bright in the Mahoning Valley.” 

Congressman Tim Ryan

Ultium Cells’ communications contact released the following statement regarding the union vote:

We have received election results from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and respect the decision of our Ohio workforce supporting representation by the UAW. We look forward to a positive working relationship with the UAW.

We’re proud of the many achievements our Ohio workforce has accomplished as a team and there’s lots of great work that continues to take place across our site as we build battery cells for our customer General Motors prioritizing both quality and safety.

Brooke Waid, Ultium Cells communications

C. Aileen Blaine contributed to this report.