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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan to Meet with GM CEO Mary Barra

December 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) will meet with GM CEO Mary Barra tomorrow in Washington, DC to talk about GM Lordstown. Last week, GM announced it would close five of its facilities, including one in Lordstown Ohio, affecting over 14,700 jobs.

“I look forward to having a productive conversation with GM CEO Mary Barra tomorrow. I’ve heard first-hand from many people in Northeast Ohio how detrimental GM’s announcement has been to them. It’s not just impacting jobs, but the entire community. It’s my hope that Mary Barra and I can find a path forward, bring a new product to the Lordstown plant, and keep these jobs in the Mahoning Valley,” said Congressman Ryan.

April 2, 2018: The Final Determination by President Trump’s EPA on the Appropriateness of the Model Years 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation – incentivizing the sale of larger cars and SUVs. This was not a surprise as Secretary Pruitt has questioned climate scientists, eliminating the Clean Power Plan, and now working to roll back fuel economy standards that are reducing carbon pollution. You can read more here.

April 13, 2018: General Motors announced that it was shutting down its second shift. Read Ryan’s statement here. GM’s announcement that it would lay off the second shift at the Lordstown plant came just over a year after GM laid off the third shift, or 1,200 workers, at the same facility.

April 24, 2018: Ryan called on GM to consider ShareWork Ohio Program, a unique layoff aversion program offered by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) for employees impacted by the recently announced layoff of the second shift at GM Lordstown.

April 27, 2018: Ryan spoke directly with GM CEO Mary Barra to discuss the loss of GM Lordstown’s 2nd shift, potential ways to mitigate the impact on our community, and the long-term future of GM Lordstown.

May 11, 2018: Ryan sent a letter to President Trump requesting that he reverse his decision to scrap fuel efficiency standards that weaken the market for compact cars like the Chevy Cruze. In a letter sent to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Congressman Ryan highlighted ShareWork Ohio’s outside-the-box approach to retaining valued employees until demand can return to the industry market.

September 12, 2018: Ryan and Brown announced $1.7 million in federal relief for GM Lordstown workers impacted by GM’s layoffs. The funds provided employment and training services to approximately 337 of the 1,686 workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from three additional auto industry suppliers in northeastern Ohio.

August 2, 2018: Ryan and Brown wrote to DOL Secretary Acosta urging the department provide relief for the workers and families in Northeast Ohio. Ryan and Brown encouraged the State of Ohio to apply for the grant.

November 19, 2018: Ryan and Mahoning Valley Leaders launched the “Drive It Home” campaign aimed at bolstering support for GM Lordstown and the Mahoning Valley Workforce.

November 26, 2018: GM announced it was shutting down the Lordstown plant. Read Ryan’s statement here.

November 26. 2018: Ryan called for congressional hearings on GM tax cuts.

November 28, 2018: Ryan spoke to Vice President Mike Pence about GM Lordstown.

November 29, 2018: Ryan spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra over the phone about the plant’s closure.

December 4, 2018: Ryan urged President Trump to save GM Lordstown and preserve electric car subsidies.

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