Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday, American workers were told by GM that they are now expendable.
That their trust, their loyalty and their years of dedication, just aren’t as important as this year’s profits and shareholder gains.
That their sacrifices made during the dark days of GM’s bailout by our UAW members and U.S. taxpayers are long forgotten.
General Motors made a decision yesterday that should anger our nation’s working men and women.
Despite tens of billions of dollars in profit, despite concessions during the recession, despite American taxpayers bailing them out — they turned their backs on us, the very people who saved them.
GM announced yesterday that they will stop production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly plants, idling thousands of workers.
This decision will also affect employment at other GM locations including Baltimore, Maryland, and Michigan’s Brownstown and Warren Transmission plants.
And the impact will be felt far beyond the plant … the economic ruin will reach right down Main Street in these communities.
You’ll start seeing “For Rent” signs where the local coffee shop, barber, butcher, restaurants, mom and pop shops, and hair salons once thrived.
All in all, it’s quite a holiday gift. Well … a gift to their stockholders anyway.
Make no mistake, we will fight this.
And, make no mistake, this is not about product sales.
It is about product dumping.
Over the course of the last few years, GM has created or shifted production of GM vehicles to Mexico, including the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Silverado … among others.
And, GM will be building the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico.
With that decision, there will no longer be any single-cab pickup trucks made by GM in the United States.
It is time for Americans to stand up for what we know is right for America.
We must build where we sell.
It is time to say, ‘No,’ to corporate greed and ‘No,’ to exploiting cheap labor in a downward spiral for wages here and abroad.
As UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said yesterday, we are now at a tipping point.
Whose job is safe if a hugely profitable company like GM can — on a whim — move thousands of jobs overseas?
It’s as simple as this.
When GM needed us, we were there. Now GM needs to be there for us.
We call on GM today, just like GM called on us a decade ago …
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… and in the American citizens who invested in you.
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