A tentative deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers doesn’t include a full agreement on bringing manufacturing back to Lordstown, Ohio, a city that’s been a focus of both the union and President Trump, The Post has learned.
The UAW and GM have decided to table negotiations over returning jobs to a recently shuttered plant that had produced the Chevy Cruze to prevent the 31-day strike from being prolonged any more, according to two sources briefed on the deal.
“As soon as we get a little breathing room, we’re going to resume the Lordstown vision,” one person familiar with the negotiations told The Post.
A second source briefed on the negotiations confirmed that an agreement over the Ohio plant won’t be part of the central package that will be presented to the union’s council for a vote on Thursday.
Trump made the plant a national issue earlier this year when he took to Twitter to demand GM CEO Mary Barra reopen it.
“Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant,” Trump wrote on March 17. “I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly.”
“She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!” he wrote.
The automaker announced the plant’s closing in November 2018, along with four others in the US and Canada, in order to save the company $6 billion by the end of 2020. GM’s plan was to take that money and invest in electric vehicles, which it expected to make up 75 %of its total sales by the end of the next decade.
The Lordstown plant employed 1,400 workers before it closed in March.
UAW negotiators have been pushing GM to bring up manufacturing from Mexico of cars with combustion engines, rather than electric vehicles, since they require more workers to assemble, according to a person familiar.