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Rivian Automotive sign
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As Rivian ramps up hiring to begin producing electric vehicles at its plant in Normal, it's unclear if the plant will be using union workers.

RJ on stage
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If all goes as planned, in a few years Rivian will be one of McLean County’s largest employers. Around 1,000 employees at its Normal manufacturing plant will be cranking out Rivian electric vehicles and skateboard platforms for other automakers.

But for now, local unions say Rivian isn’t being a good neighbor.

Ralph Timan

This weekend marks a year since Mitsubishi Motors told the community and its workers the auto plant in Normal would close.

Many workers have had tremendous changes in that year. Among them Ralph Timan and his wife Mitzi.

Judith Valente

The Mitsubishi automotive plant in Normal announced it was closing last July 24. For car assembler Mick Hannah, who had worked at the factory for 26 years, it was the start of "one of the worst periods of my life."

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The first anniversary of the announcement of the closure of the Mitsubishi Auto plant in Normal is this weekend.

GLT is revisiting the several former workers we've followed since then.