HONDA: Congress is Penalizing Non-Union Automakers by Excluding Them from Proposed Bonus

The following is a Letter to the Editor published in the Columbus Dispatch on November 20, 2021.

Congress is penalizing non-union automakers by excluding them from proposed bonus

Honda has developed and built over 20 million cars and trucks here in Ohio since 1982, spending billions of dollars to employ thousands of workers who have families here & pay the taxes that have helped build our communities.

Honda is moving rapidly to develop and build electric vehicles but unfortunately, the current congressional proposal to provide an additional $4,500 bonus to buy an EV only supports automakers using union labor. 

This proposal is unfair and does not treat all American auto workers equally, including our Honda associate friends and neighbors.

Furthermore, Honda is America’s most fuel-efficient, full-line automaker with the lowest-emissions according to the EPA and accounts for 4 of the top 10 “Most American made vehicles” according to Cars.com. 

Why is Congress penalizing Ohio workers who develop and build the country’s cleanest vehicles just because they are not unionized?

It isn’t fair for Washington to pick EV winners, because if that happens Ohio will lose.

Frank Paluch, EVP Honda Development & Manufacturing, Dublin

Alexandra Denney