House Democratic lawmakers today applauded the unanimous passage of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 6, legislation urging GM to allocate a new product to its Lordstown, Ohio production facility, which is scheduled to close this week.

“As the last Chevy Cruze makes its way off the line, we remain committed to the workers, suppliers and families in the Mahoning Valley faced with real uncertainty about their futures,” said Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “The legislature is working together with GM, state and private partners to keep good-paying, middle-class jobs in the Valley.”

The last Chevy Cruze will roll off the assembly line early Thursday as long-time employees finished their final shifts. More than 1,400 workers and hundreds more suppliers will be affected by the closure of the plant, which has employed Mahoning Valley workers for more than 50 years.

“GM and Ohio have had a good relationship for generations, and I remain hopeful that relationship can continue into the future,” said Rep. Glenn Holmes (D-Girard), the lead sponsor of HCR 6. “Democrats and Republicans alike are united in our support of all the workers, families, and small businesses that stand to be affected, and will continue to pursue solutions that keep people working.”

The plant has produced more than 16 million vehicles since 1966, and 1,400 UAW employees earn more than $250 million in wages annually at the facility. 

“Workers across the Valley who rely on GM for work or to support their small business are feeling a lot of uncertainty this week,” said Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown). “We continue to stand with our workers and explore ways to keep them and their good-paying jobs in the Mahoning Valley.”

HCR 6 noted that GM has received more than $60 million in tax credits from Ohio over the past decade. GM Lordstown is just the first of five North American plants closing by the end of the year.

“I’m heartened by the response of this legislature to rally around these workers, and am committed to working together to find real solutions to keep our working people in good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren).

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