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GM's Lordstown closure set to be a key 2020 issue for Trump

GM workers protesting Lordstown plant closing
Protestors against the decision to close a Chevrolet Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

President Trump once again blasted General Motors and the United Automobile Workers this week for closing a Chevrolet Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, as union activists accused the carmaker of favoring hedge funds over the workers laid off amid plant closures.

Why it matters: Ahead of Trump's visit to Ohio later this week where he's expected to push for more manufacturing jobs, the closure of the GM plant has become a key issue in a state critical for him in 2020. The closure in Lordstown was part of a 15% cut to GM's salaried workforce in North America, affecting jobs that the president promised were "all coming back" to the state in 2017.

"Not happy": Trump talks to General Motors CEO on Ohio plant closure

President Trump is targeting the UAW union leader over the General Motors Ohio plant.
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General Motors said Sunday evening the issue of the fate of factories set for closure "will be resolved" with the United Auto Workers union, according to The Washington Post, after President Trump pressed its CEO to reopen its Ohio plant.

The details: Earlier in the day, Trump accused General Motors of letting the country down and said United Auto Workers Local 1112 President David Green should get his act together and produce. "I want action on Lordstown fast," he said in a tweet. "Stop complaining and get the job done!" In a Saturday tweet, the president urged GM to act quickly, saying Toyota was investing $13.5 billion in the U.S., "others likewise."

What they're saying: General Motors says in a statement it had opportunities available for "virtually all" employees impacted by the plans, according to WashPost. “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,” GM said.

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