How one GM auto plant’s UAW union workforce is learning to make EVs


UAW Local 5960 member Kimberly Fuhr inspects a Chevrolet Bolt EV during vehicle production on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan.

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In 2015, Marland “Lanny” Brown learned how to build an all-electric car.

A member of United Auto Workers Local 5960, he’d been an hourly employee for General Motors for nearly 31 years, mostly at its vehicle assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, when he joined a core team of 15 fellow Local 5960 workers sent to GM’s technical center in Incheon, South Korea, for training to assemble the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The Orion plant, in operation since 1983, was beginning to transition from…


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