On November 9, 2016, General Motors announced the reduction of a shift at LGR Local 652 and Lordstown Local 1112 and 1714 due to less demand for the products built at these sites as customer shift from cars to crossovers and trucks. None of these decisions are because of the work, dedication or performance of the UAW membership.
We have enjoyed strong sales of the products that we build over the last several years. This has resulted in the hiring of new members and overtime in many of our plants. However, the auto industry is cyclical and it is not uncommon for the company to adjust their production output that results in a reduction of the workforce.
The International Union GM Department, along with the Region and Local Union Representatives, are working with the company to provide as many relocation opportunities as possible for the impacted members. As information becomes available it will be communicated through the Local Unions. In accordance with our Seniority Agreements all temporary workers will be released prior to any regular seniority members being laid off. The UAW will work to provide all the information pertaining to SUB and Unemployment benefits to the members that will be impacted.
General Motors continues to make the investments that the UAW negotiated prior to, during and since 2015 National Negotiations. Current projects continue and new investments that have been secured for some of our UAW-GM facilities was recently announced.
The UAW is committed to doing all that we can for all our members that will be impacted by these decisions of the company. Please work through your local union on any issues that you may have.