Whirlpool Bites Hands Of American Taxpayers That Feed It
By Dave Johnson
February 19, 2010
Whirlpool, recipient of federal stimulus "smart grid"
dollars, is closing an
topped refrigerator and icemaker production plant and
moving the 1,100 jobs to
Whirlpool knows that taxpayers will shoulder the
unemployment and other costs. Closing a plant like this
also means all the supplier, transportation and other
third-party jobs go away. For example, 100+ Disabled
Workers Could Lose Jobs
Whirlpool employees aren't the only ones losing
their jobs when the plant closes. More than 100
blind or disabled individuals could also be left
has issued a public plea, asking businesses to
consider using their employees.
There will be more home foreclosures, and local
businesses are stressed or have to go out of business.
Whirlpool is profiting from making all this someone
Whirlpool is even playing nearby
shaking the state down for millions to move just 60 of
the 1,100 jobs there.
So, of course, Wall Street celebrates the move, the
setting states against each other, the cost-shifting
and the resulting "increase in margins."
The workers are still trying to do something about
Organizers have invited guests including AFL/CIO
President Richard Trumka and Jim Clark, president
of the IUE-CWA union with which Local 808 is affiliated.
Employees with the least seniority are expected to
lose their jobs first, March 26. The remaining
workers will be let go until production ceases in
Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, writes:
The Whirlpool Corp. is closing a refrigerator
manufacturing plant in
more than 1,100 people out of work. Even worse,
Whirlpool will continue to produce these
refrigerators, but not in
anywhere else in
manufacture them in
environmental laws make them "cheaper" for
Whirlpool to produce.
This is outrageous and unacceptable, especially in
light of Whirlpool's profitability and the $19
million dollars in economic recovery money
Whirlpool recently received from the federal
government as a part of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. Those are OUR economic recovery