Laid-Off GM Worker Shares Message for Trump: 'Please Start Holding These Companies Accountable'
'General Motors is the heart of our community.'
A laid-off General Motors worker shared his message to President Trump on "Fox & Friends First" Friday morning.
Tommy Wolikow worked for nine years at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is one of five North American plants the company plans to close in 2019, before he was laid off in January 2017.
GM CEO Mary Barra last week announced a production overhaul which will eliminate up to 15,000 jobs amid the closing of plants in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland and Ontario, Canada. The move will also kill off six GM models, including the Chevy Cruze, which is the vehicle produced at the Lordstown plant.
"President Trump ... our area definitely needs help," Wolikow said. "You're the president of the United States, you're the CEO, please start holding these companies like General Motors and Harley-Davidson accountable for their actions."
"I feel like a lot of corporate greed is going on, and we know you have the power to help us," he added.
Wolikow said he anticipated the plant closures after he lost his job on the third shift nearly two years ago, and after the second shift was laid off when the company announced the Chevy Blazer would be built in Mexico.
"With this last devastating news ... it was just the straw that broke the camel's back," Wolikow said.
He revealed that his father was a longtime worker at the plant, and Wolikow believed he was going to have long-term financial stability and a retirement like his dad.
"People in our area, they know that General Motors is the heart of our community. And if you take the heart away from the body, the body falls. And we're really afraid that the community's not going to be able to bounce back after this."
Watch the "Fox & Friends First" interview above.