Thurs. 8:30 pm: GM union president says workers could be relocated

LORDSTOWN- A day after General Motors announced plans to indefinitely lay off about 2,000 factory workers, including more than 1,200 at the local assembly plant, the head of the United Auto Workers union told reporters there’s a possibility those employees could be placed at other GM factories.

UAW President Dennis Williams said Thursday that the union is talking with GM and there may be enough jobs for all the workers at other plants. However, Williams added, he’s not yet sure whether that option will pan out.

On Wednesday, the Detroit automaker said it will eliminate the third shift at two car factories – the General Motors Assembly Plant in Lordstown and Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan – in January because consumer demand has shifted from smaller cars to crossovers, trucks and SUVs.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.