Thursday, February 5, 2009

Proof Of The Impact Of Job Loss In A Community

I found this video of people commenting as New Process Gear in Syracuse, NY is faced with closing as the workers voted down the new proposal by the company. Keep in mind those who think NPG workers hurt themselves by voting this down, they just signed a contract last year to take a pay cut and now the company asked them to go deeper. And for the record, the company even told them before the vote that this may not be enough to secure the plant's future in Dewitt and voters decided that it was better to max out on unemployment now as opposed to the with the pay cut, if Magna still closed it down, they would also lose more in unemployment. Many have speculated that Magna have been wanting a way out of the area anywhere and go somewhere they can pay lower wages so for many, the writing has been on the wall for years now. I have a friend I grew up with who left NPG and for the record, I honestly considered moving back at one point around 2002 or so and try to get a job with the company myself so that may be why I am concentrating on this place so much as a symbol of our manufacturing future. Soon, more small businesses will suffer like these and be forced to close down as people do not have disposable income and are forced to start looking at ways to survive by cutting down ways to spend money whether it be cutting their own hair (or not at all), discounted food at the grocery stores or buying/selling used products.

New Process Gear shutdown

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