LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – While many local leaders expressed excitement about the possibility of a company buying General Motors’ Lordstown plant, the United Automobile Workers does not appear to support the plan.
The union’s vice president, Terry Dittes, released the following statement on Wednesday, citing UAW’s lawsuit against GM that is currently pending:
In response to General Motors’ announcement today, the UAW’s position is unequivocal: General Motors should assign a product to the Lordstown facility and continue operating it.
A federal lawsuit filed by the UAW over the closing of the Lordstown, Baltimore and Warren facilities is still pending, and the UAW will continue its effort to protect the contractual rights of its members at these locations.
The parties regularly discuss product placement issues during National Negotiations which will begin in July of this year. We will monitor this situation as it develops to determine what course of action will most benefit UAW-represented workers at General Motors.
UAW 1112 President Dave Green also spoke to the media on Wednesday, saying he first learned about the plan from the president’s tweet.