Three years ago, General Motors was facing bankruptcy and laying off workers; now union members are building the parts and assembling the Chevy Cruze in factories across Ohio. As Ray Wood, President of UAW Local 14 in Toledo, said, “Who would of thought, a short three years ago when we were concerned about whether or not we would have a job, that we would now be hiring people?”
That is the success story of the Chevy Cruze: a new vehicle built in response to increasing fuel standards that is cutting gas bills while also putting thousands of Americans back to work. Lee Geisse and Tom Conway, Regional Program Managers for the BlueGreen Alliance, traveled across Ohio to interview the UAW, USW and IUE members who make the wheels, engine block, transmission and stamp metal parts for the Chevy Cruze along with union officials and elected individuals. They put these interviews together in our new video “Chevy Cruze – Creating Good Jobs in Ohio.”
Thank you to all those who participated in this video including General Motors, Dave White Chevrolet, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Senator Capri Caffaro; and the members of USW Local 979, IUE-CWA Local 755, and UAW Locals 14, 112 and 1714.