Sens. O'Brien & Schiavoni Vow to Keep Fighting for Lordstown Community and Workers Following News of GM Plant Closures
November 26, 2018
Amid news of a global restructuring plan, today General Motors announced that the Lordstown plant will be “unallocated” and cease production of the Chevy Cruze as of March 1, 2019.
“Today’s news is heartbreaking for the Mahoning Valley,” said state Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta). “But we won’t give up. We have one of the most talented and dedicated workforces right here in the Valley. Our community – local, state and federal leaders – has been working tirelessly to ensure the future of the Lordstown plant. And, despite today’s news, we won’t stop fighting.”
Since the elimination of shifts at the Lordstown plant began in 2017, federal, state and local leaders have increased their efforts to save the plant. Lawmakers visited GM headquarters in Detroit in October and rallied together last week at the launch of the “Drive It Home” campaign.
“Today’s news hurts and is not what anyone wanted to hear. I think about all of the families that have to process this before the holidays, and I will help them in any way that I can,” said state Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman). “Here in the Mahoning Valley, we don’t stop fighting until we hear a final bell. We all have to stick together until March 1st to show GM why it would be a mistake for them to leave.”
Loss of the single remaining shift at the Lordstown plant threatens approximately 1,600 jobs. According to GM, the economic impact from the shift includes $181 million in annual wages and $35 million in salary taxes.
After President Donald Trump imposed tariffs affecting the auto industry in June, GM predicted a “detrimental” impact on the company and threatened to downsize. Today’s news could result in the layoff of 14,700 workers across North America.