WASHINGTON – General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra on Wednesday promised to keep an "open mind" about the future…
WASHINGTON – General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra on Wednesday promised to keep an “open mind” about the future of an Ohio factory that will lose vehicle manufacturing but warned that the Detroit automaker has overcapacity and did not suggest that the company revise the plan .
“I want to ensure that the labor force knows there are limitations and we have overcapacity across the country,” says Barra, and urges workers at facilities to closely take serious offers on GM jobs in other parts of the countries.
“A strong GM is the best way for me to maintain the 90,000 plus jobs we have in the United States, apart from all those who have retired from GM and their pensions,” she said.
Barra was under pressure from Ohio’s two US senators and other legislators who want GM to switch the production of a vehicle from Mexico or build electric cars at the Lordstown Assembly factory in their state that the automaker has said it intends to close.
“GM says it expects to build 20 new electric motors in the next five years. We want one or more of these vehicles to be built in Lordstown, Ohio. That’s where it belongs,” said Rob Portman, R Ohio.
In a brief Reuters interview after her meeting on Wednesday she said it would be “very expensive” to switch production from Mexico by Chevrolet Blazer due to launch in the next few days.
US President Donald Trump has criticized Mexican production and told GM last week that the company had “better” find a new vehicle to build at the Ohio factory, which could be decisive for his reelection of chances in 2020. [1
9659004] Asked about Trump’s comments, Barra did not respond directly, but said that she understood the strong reaction in Washington.
“I understand that this is something that affects the country and I understand there are a lot of feelings and concerns about it,” Barra said.
GM said last week it would close five North American assembly plants next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs because it is blaming slower car sales for the restructuring to be done. come under severe criticism from legislators and from Trump since November 26 when the first US automation announced the biggest restructuring since its bankruptcy a decade ago.
Portman said he was talking to other Republican trump on Wednesday about GM.
CEO GM planned to add other products to American plants next year and that the automaker would have some jobs to fill in other Ohio facilities in 2019.
She threw the decision to reduce as critical to keeping GM competitive. In the interview she said that GM would “do the right for our employees, but make sure that General Motors is strong and leaned in the future.”
Then. Portman said Barra made no promises about the future of the Lordstown plant in Ohio, where they soon settled the Chevrolet Cruze sedans manufactured.
Barra said the facility’s final status will be determined during contract talks next year with United Auto Workers (UAW) Union.
“We do not ask for charity.” Portman said members demand a new product for the facility to build.
Barra is in Washington for meetings with legislators, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, as well as legislators from Ohio and Maryland. She was also expected to meet with lawmakers from Michigan on Thursday, including other meetings. After GM published its plans, Trump threatened to eliminate subsidies to GM in retaliation.
Administration officials later said they would quit subsidies for electric cars 2020 or 2021, affecting GM and other car manufacturers.
Trump also said new cars tariffs were investigated and argued without proof that they could prevent work reductions such as those planned by GM.
UAW has objected to GM’s plan to discontinue production in 2019 at four US plants and says it violates commitments made during contract talks in 2015. The union has asked GM to cancel the decision and resolve fate of plants in a new employment contract next year.
Reporting by David Shepardson