The future of the GM Lordstown Plant was the main topic of discussion on the Dec. 28 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.
John Russo, visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University, discussed the fate of the GM Lordstown plant during his AWF appearance. GM is closing multiple plants across North America, and in doing so, will lay off upwards of 15,000 employees. He said GM’s stocks rose six percent after making the announcement to downsize. Russo felt this showed Wall Street is only concerned about corporate profit, not about the livelihood of company employees. According to Russo, the GM closings will ultimately send more work to GM plants in Mexico or China. He also spoke about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown making a 2020 presidential run.
United Steelworkers Union International President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked trade. He provided his thoughts on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), including if it will be fair to workers. He discussed the incoming U.S. Congress and his hope they will improve infrastructure and the Affordable Care Act.