Unions, politicians dropped the ball

To the editor:

At the beginning of the month, it was announced to the public, that five General Motors plants, four in the United States and one in Canada, were set to be closed in March.

In statements from some GM employees, it was stated that job loses began last May when supply plants were closed.

These plants are unionized. The United Auto Workers leadership had to have known the situation facing its members and should have been in discussions about keeping workers employed and working to protect their jobs. The state governors and congressional representatives of these areas of plant closings — Detroit, Lordstown, Warren, Mich., and a plant near Baltimore — also had to know the intentions of GM’s ownership and should have been working to keep these jobs, since they had known back in 2018.

The losses of these plants do not only affect the employees and their families, but at least seven other offshoot jobs that will be lost, along with local businesses and tax base.

When this was first announced to the public, the union and politicians in these areas, were quick to say they were going to fight to save these jobs, they got their facetime on TV and their scripted quotes for the press. After a few days, all is forgotten. If someone would happen to pressure them on what they are doing, their back-up response is “we are going to re-train.”

The workers in these plants don’t want to be “re-trained” — they like their jobs. It is the job of union leadership and politicians to fight for their rank-and-file and constituents.

None of this was done.

Larry Petrella