President Trump putting pressure on GM to reopen OH plant

The assembly line at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant where the new 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is being built is shown

President Donald Trump is escalating his pressure on General Motors, as he calls for the company to reopen an OH manufacturing plant.

Trump delivered equal criticism to General Motors CEO Mary Barra and the head of the local UAW union, David Green, to speed up talks between the two groups and perhaps negotiate a sale of the plant.

The company has noted that over 400 Lordstown employees had accepted offers at other GM locations and that jobs were available at other assembly plants for anyone willing to relocate to other states. Those tweets criticized GM for letting down the US and urged the company to reopen the plant or find a new owner quickly.

Earlier in November, General Motors announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing plants in Lordstown, plants in MI, and Ontario, Canada.

"She blamed the UAW Union - I don't care, I just want it open!" he added. The sprawling facility was idled after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, falling victim to changing US auto preferences, according to the company.

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"General Motors and the UAW are going to start "talks" in September/October".

"Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant", Trump tweeted Sunday.

The UAW, in a tweet, thanked the president for "fighting alongside" the union "against GM", saying it planned to leave "no stone unturned to keep the plants open". Both U.S. senators from Ohio - Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman - have pushed the company to maintain jobs at the plant. The union has sued the automaker over the closures. The plant produced Chevy Cruze vehicles. Trump - who frequently references the US economy and low unemployment rates in tweets, during meetings with world leaders and in gaggles and interviews with reporters - often complains he doesn't get enough credit for successes. The automaker said that it will offer buyouts to almost 14,000 workers across these five plants and mass layoffs would follow soon. It's unclear if the Trump administration responded to Green's request.

CBS News reported that GM released a statement saying of the plant closures, "We remain open to talking with all the affected stakeholders, but our main focus remains on our employees and offering them jobs in our plants where we have growth opportunities". In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China. "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better auto companies are coming into the U.S.in droves".

Toyota, Japan's largest automaker, has tried to work its way into Trump's good graces after being a target of his tweets when he was president-elect in January 2017.

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