Monday, February 14, 2011

Goodyear Union City Plant ~ Facts & Figures !

Think You`ll Mi$$ Goodyear Plant in Union City TN. ~ You Bet`Cha ~!
By: Don Jones = Underdog

First of all, listen up ! The Union did not cause Goodyear to make the decision to shutdown ! I make no apology for that statement of fact ! The biggest factor in the corporate decision to close the Union City Tennessee Plant was money, it is/was not the fact that we at Union City made too much money. It is the simple fact that, Goodyear has a plant in China and are at present building another one. You see, American Labor, union or non-union cannot compete with third world Chinese wages ! Our politicians have made it so lucrative for American Industry to pull up and go to other cheap labor country`s, not only does the move not cost them anything, you and I, as in tax-payers subsidize their move. It all began with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Then came SAFTA, it comes down to (SHAFTA) Our politicians today call it Free Trade. Not So ! It seems to this writer that our so called political leaders are selling our birth right`s for a few bowls of pottage. How many Tennessee family`s will be affected by the Goodyear Union City Closure ?(Obion County - 934)( Weakley County - 384) (Gibson County - 146)(Dyer County - 72) (Carroll County - 29) (Henry County - 23)(Lake County - 22) Kentucky Family`s (Graves County - 142)(Fulton County - 121)Calloway, and (surrounding County`s - 90) These are real working class/middle class people, such a tragedy. Payroll for GY Union City, $132 million dollars.The 2009 tax`s paid by Goodyear Tire and employee`s $4.5 million direct and indirect. Payroll for related jobs because of Goodyear employee`s $50 million ! Take this revenue out of the picture, not a pleasant thought. Between corporate America and our very own politicians, the middle class is being eliminated. I have more bad news, but will withhold it until tomorrow, too much bad news in one day is sickening, even for this writer.
In Deo Fiducia Nostra

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To all concerned: The reason goodyear closes ANY plant is "share holder return". If the numbers look good to the share holders, you're out. I don't care if you are a share holder and work at the plant. Majority rules and you're out. You the employees have done nothing to cause this, nor has the union done a thing to cause this, nor is there anything you can do to stop it so long as the "share holders" are against you. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not into thine own understanding, In all ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct thy paths. Then shall thou walk in thy way safely and thy foot shall not stumble. For the LORD shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy foot from being taken." GOD was here before Goodyear and HE will see you through this. All you have to do is put HIM first in ALL your undertakings. David F. Worley
23 years at Goodyear, retired.