Note to union bosses and union-bought politicians:
When you make it more and more difficult for employers to employ people, elect politicians who despise employers and push anti-business agendas, as well as use regulatory agencies like sledgehammers, employers will often deploy a plan that people in union-controlled states have become all-too-accustomed to:
The future looks bleak for General Electric’s Fort Edward plant and its nearly 200 employees.
The company Sunday rejected union requests to extend the bargaining period another 30 days on Saturday, moving GE one step closer to plans to close its facility here and consolidate with another factory in Clearwater, Fla.
GE first announced its intention to move the electrical capacitor plant in September, triggering a 60-day bargaining window that concluded with GE’s rejection of the union’s offer to trim almost 10 percent of its workforce and seek $22 million in government financing.
“It is now clear to us that the company had no intention to engage in serious bargaining to save the Fort Edward plant,” said Scott Gates, president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332, in a written statement.
Those allegations are “unfounded,” said GE spokeswoman Christine Horne. “We have negotiated in good faith for 60 days and have taken the bargaining process extremely seriously,” said Horne, adding that the union’s proposal “falls well short” of achieving the level of savings that would be generated by moving to Clearwater.
With New York ranked as one of the 10 Worst States For Business, there may have been nothing the union could have done to save its members’ jobs–except, perhaps, offer counseling on how to come to grips with the consequences of their public policies and politics.
“Truth isn’t mean. It’s truth.”
Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)