The Intercept

AS PART OF ITS CONTRACT TALKS, the United Automobile Workers labor union is demanding that General Motors Co. reopen two plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, as electric car factories. The demand underscores the tensions inherent in the coming shift to a green economy, as workers recognize the potential benefits of that new economy but have reasonable fears that they won’t be the ones enjoying those benefits.

In order to reopen the Lordstown plant as an electric battery factory, as part of a co-venture with the electric truck startup Workhorse, GM is asking workers to take a pay cut equivalent to $6 an hour.

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