May 26, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Lordstown, OH – General Motors has indefinitely postponed plans to slow down the assembly line at its Lordstown factory, the two United Auto Workers locals representing about 3,000 workers there announced on Facebook on May 16.
“This postponement preserves jobs and is a result of ongoing joint efforts to improve the competitiveness of the Cruze in the marketplaces and volume opportunities for Lordstown,” Local 1714 said. GM had announced in April that it would “de-rate,” deaccelerate the line to reduce production, in mid-July, when the plant will reopen after two weeks of vacation and two weeks of furlough. Keeping production of the Chevrolet Cruze at the same pace is expected to preserve about 500 jobs. GM ended the third shift at Lordstown in January because of declining demand for compact cars, laying off more than two-thirds of the 1,200 workers on the shift. Read more