Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said workers with the General Motors complex in Lordstown and the Valley in general have been betrayed by the automaker’s own executives.
Last month, GM announced it would eliminate its second shift in Lordstown starting in June.
Executives have blamed the problems on sluggish sales of the locally-made Chevy Cruze as customers have been buying and leasing larger pickups and SUVs.
Brown accused GM executives of “pocketing millions saved through tax reforms” at the expense of local workers.
“The promise was they would invest and if people aren’t buying the Chevy Cruze…they can re-tool and look to the future instead of laying off this many workers who’ve been loyal to this company,” he said.
Despite the harsh comments, Brown said he’s still hoping executives change their minds about the layoffs to keep the local workforce going.