Thanking Those Who Gave All
4 hours ago
One of the most frustrating aspects of the potential Lordstown closing is
the fact that the efforts of the union and the company at the plant represent,
in some ways, an answer to the industry's many critics.
The Lordstown plant
builds the small and relatively fuel-efficient Chevrolet Cobalt, and the company
had begun investing $350 million at the plant to build the Chevy Cruze, a car
expected to be capable of 40 miles per gallon. The union has agreed to have new
workers receive $14 an hour — about half of the wage for previous employees —
and about 600 Lordstown employees work at that rate. The Lordstown plant is
also, partly through the cooperation of the union, one of the company's more
"Thirty years ago, this was probably the most radical
plant in North America," said local union chief Jim Graham. "We would stop the
line if there was a leak in the ceiling. Now we understand that the enemy is not
the management. It's the foreign" competition.