One Year After GM Lordstown Closed

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Ohio Lost Thousands of Manufacturing Jobs Since GM Lordstown Closed

On the one-year anniversary of the last Chevy Cruze rolling off the line at the now-shuttered General Motors factory at Lordstown, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the state lost 12,500 jobs — including 6,000 manufacturing jobs — from January 2019 to January 2020.

“It’s been one year since the workers of GM Lordstown put the finishing touches on the last Chevy Cruze made in America, and since that time, Ohio has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Donald Trump lied when he promised Ohioans that their jobs were ‘all coming back’ and ‘new factories will come rushing onto our shores.’ Donald Trump lied when he said ‘Ohio just had the best year economically in the history of your state.’

“Trump has been to Ohio six times in the past year and has never once come to Lordstown to look the workers and community members in the eye, even after they pleaded for his help. He said GM Lordstown’s closing ‘doesn’t really matter.’ Then he attacked Lordstown workers and their leaders. Then he proposed killing a loan program that could help save at least some of the jobs that were lost when the plant closed.

“Donald Trump needs to get off Twitter, stop golfing every weekend and get to work helping Ohio workers, rather than screwing them over at every turn.”


Black Voices Matter

This week the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron unveiled the results of their Black Ohio Survey, a joint project that looked into the issues, priorities and views of black Ohioans.

“The results of this survey will help us as legislators better do our job to serve the 1.7 million black Ohioans and the unique challenges they face in their communities,” said Howse. “The results of the survey are not necessarily surprising. We hear often from our constituents the frustration that they work hard, yet still can’t get ahead. Of course the results of the survey confirm there is a social order problem in Ohio because nowhere is that more pronounced than in some of our black communities.”


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