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  •  I grew up in the Mohawk Valley, too, (0+ / 0-)

    and I remember when the textile/garment mills and other manufacturers were still there.
    Most of the manufacturers moved south to take advantage of cheap non-union labor. When the hemorhage of jobs began in the mid-1960s, things really fell apart in places like Utica, Gloversville, Mohawk, and Canajoharie.
    A few years ago NPR ran a program about the textile mills in North Carolina moving out of the south to take advantage of even cheaper non-union labor in Asia, and how hard it was on the people in NC.
    There was no mention of the shell game the textile corporations played--as if the mills had always been in the south, as if the jobs there hadn't come at New York workers' expense because those workers were unionized.
    Although my sympathies are with workers in general, unionized or not, I was outraged that NPR hadn't done its homework and had the decency to do a companion piece on the reason for the demise of manufacturing in upstate NY.
    Though they may complain about taxes, however, upstate New Yorkers generally remain committed to education and the public good.

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