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UAW hopes for better year ahead in Lordstown

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As 2018 gets underway, the men and women who make the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown are hoping for a better new year.

When General Motors reveals yearly sales figures this week, we'll find out if Cruze sales beat, met or fell short of last year's sales figures.

As of November 2017, Cruze sales trailed 2016 figures by one-tenth of a percent.

One year ago this month, GM cut the third shift at the Assembly Plant in Lordstown citing the waning popularity of small cars like the Cruze in favor of crossover vehicles and trucks.

Even after eliminating a shift, UAW members experienced two “vacation weeks” in June, three layoff weeks in July, and three downtime weeks in September and October to align production with what the company says was marketing demand.

Although production in Lordstown is currently suspended for the holidays, the weeks of January 8 and January 12 are considered layoff weeks.

In the meantime, the new year starts with only one UAW local in Lordstown.

United Auto Workers local 1112 absorbed local 1714 late last year.

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