The United Autoworkers quickly said it won't get behind the deal to sell the factory to Workhorse Group, which has a non-unionized labor force and warned investors in a December statement to the SEC that 'the unionization of our labor force could negatively impact our company's health.'
GM's decision in November to shutter the factory and four others assembly plants, drew outrage from the United Autoworkers union and scores of news stories about a projection of 15,000 lost jobs – including 1,700 in Lordstown.
It also threatened to become a black eye for the Trump administration in a key 2020 swing state, at a time when he is boasting about near-record low unemployment rates.
'GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO! Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, who informed me that, subject to a UAW agreement etc., GM will be selling their beautiful Lordstown Plant to Workhorse, where they plan to build Electric Trucks,' Trump tweeted late Wednesday morning.