Trump addresses local union boss, Lordstown GM closure

Trump addresses local union boss, Lordstown GM closure

"Get that big, attractive plant in OH open now", Trump said.

"Increased import tariffs could lead to a smaller GM, a reduced presence at home and overseas for this iconic American company, and risk less-not", the automaker warned the Trump administration in July, via a filing with the United States Department of Commerce.

The president also expressed frustration that "talks" between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union would begin in September or October. Why wait, start them now!' The president tweeted Monday.

"Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST!"

His posts on Twitter earned a phone call from Barra over the weekend. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly.

LORDSTOWN - Customers in Nese's Country Cafe on Salt Springs Road say they believe in President Donald Trump more than union officials and think his recent tweets on the recently shuttered GM Lordstown plant might have an impact.

GM, in November, announced it was "unallocating" five North American plants, including the Lordstown facility, sometime in 2019. General Motors have two models - Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt - that qualify for a tax credit.

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Barra and Trump initially had a good relationship as she joined him for meetings and roundtables promoting the US auto industry. Along with GM, the president slammed Democrats and even Fox Information anchors. "Nothing being closed in Mexico & China". Lordstown's future was known to be in jeopardy throughout the second half of 2018 due to plummeting demand for sedans, particularly American sedans, along with a leap in the cost of raw materials as imposed by President Trump's imported metal tariffs-tariffs brought about by the president's ignorance of the modern automotive business.

The 6.3-million-square foot Lordstown assembly complex has manufactured more than 16 million vehicles since it opened in 1966, including almost 2 million Chevrolet Cruze cars since 2010.

The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure.

Lordstown is the first of those plants to close as GM shifts focus toward making trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles.

Mr. Trump praised Toyota for its investments in the an apparent attempt to depict GM as being less committed to its home country than the Japan automaker.

He also blasted GM for letting down the USA and asserted "much better" automakers are coming to the country.