Barra stands firm on GM austerity plans in DC meetings

Mary Barra

General Motors CEO Mary Barra speaks to reporters after a meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to discuss GM’s announcement it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, part of a massive restructuring for the Detroit-based automaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

WASHINGTON — General Motors Chairman Mary Barra stood firm on plans to idle five plants, lay off 6,000 salaried employees and imperil the jobs of 3,300 hourly workers as she met Wednesday with Ohio’s U.S. senators and several of Michigan’s newly elected U.S. members.

Speaking with reporters after a closed-door meeting with Barra at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman said the GM chief committed to trying to expedite negotiations with the United Auto Workers union on the future of the company’s recented “unallocated” plants, including the Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio. But they said Barra did not reverse course on the decisions as they would have preferred.

GM employs about 3,600 workers in Spring Hill.

See more on The Detroit News’ web site at https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/general-motors/2018/12/05/barra-stands-firm-gm-austerity-plans-dc/2217522002/

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