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  •  After 1,100 Jobs Lost In Evansville, IN (7+ / 0-)

    a few years ago.

    I recall the head of the union at Wirlpool was on my local NPR station here in southern Illinois. This was a big story.

    In tears. Unable to control herself. She said:

    What you are paying workers in Mexico, we will work for that. Please don't take our jobs. We need them!
    They were literally begging for their jobs.

    The story I cited goes on to say:

    This country made Whirlpool what it is,” she said. “They didn’t get world-class quality because they had the best managers. They got world-class quality because of the U.S. and because of their workers. And now they want to pack up and move to Mexico. I find it offensive.”

    Whirlpool has operated the plant since 1956, and at the factory’s peak in 1973 it employed nearly 10,000 workers.

    Ms. Brasel was hired 17 years ago, after holding a string of minimum-wage jobs. “I felt good about Whirlpool,” she said. “I was becoming part of something bigger than me. Whirlpool was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

    When she learned of the closing, she said, “I cried like a baby.


    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:19:07 AM PST

    •  They are moving the engineering aspect (0+ / 0-)

      out of Evansville also, that was about 300 employees for which they agreed to keep in Evansville after closing the plant. I think those jobs will be absorbed or moved to Michigan.

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