Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement after news that Ultium Cells -- a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions -- had refused to recognize cards that the employees signed to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) at the Ultium plant in Lordstown, Ohio:
"I stand with the workers employed at Ultium's battery plant-- a majority of whom have decided to unionize as part of the United Auto Workers. The auto industry was built on the backs of UAW workers here in the Valley. If we want to give our workers a fighting chance at leading this industry into the future once again, it is vital we protect their legal right to join a union and engage in the collective bargaining process. I'm calling on Ultium to fully recognize and abide by all applicable laws as the union certification process continues."