General Motors now says it will support attempts by the United Auto Workers union to organize workers at two U.S. electric car battery plants it is building in Ohio and Tennessee with a joint venture partner.
Tuesday’s statement on the works deviates from its previous position that the joint venture called Ultium LLC would adopt a negotiating strategy. However, this is in line with President Joe Biden’s promise to create well-paying union jobs in the transition from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles.
“GM will build on a long history of helping unions to promote safety, quality, education and well-paying jobs for American workers,” the statement said. “Both GM and Ultium Cells LLC respect workers’ right to unionize and the UAW’s efforts to organize workers into battery cell manufacturing.”
GM spokesman Dan Flores would not comment beyond the testimony about the battery plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and Spring Hill, Tennessee, which together will employ around 2,300 people. Ultium LLC’s other partner is South Korean battery maker LG Energy Solution.
The statement said the UAW has a historical and constructive relationship with the auto industry and “would be well positioned to represent the workforce.”