UAW says GM resisting commitment to build vehicles in US
United Autoworkers Union negotiators report little progress in ensuring job security and a commitment from General Motors to build vehicles in the United States.
A statement issued on Tuesday by UAW Vice President Terry Dittes stated that after 23 days on strike, job security remains a top priority in contract talks with GM.
“Economic gains in this Agreement will mean nothing without job security. Collectively, we are fighting for a middle-class way of life,” stated Dittes, who added that the union believes that the vehicles that GM sells here should be built here.
GM had indicated it has no plans to bring a new product to its Lordstown Assembly Plant, which has been idle since earlier this year when production of the Chevy Cruze ceased.
The union filed a lawsuit against GM after the company announced plans to idle Lordstown and three other plants. The suit is on hold while contract talks continue.
“We don't understand GM's opposition to this proposition,” writes Dittes. “We are willing to discuss other ways to ensure real job security during the term of this Agreement, but building more world-class vehicles at our UAW-GM locations is the best solution for our Members, our families, our communities, and GM.”
General Motors has confirmed that it is cooperating with Lordstown Motors, a startup company which said it is working to produce electric-powered pickup trucks at the Lordstown complex.