UW-Milwaukee Economist Questions Foxconn Deal While GE Moves Jobs Out of Wisconsin

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Here is the video discussion:

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Meanwhile, as Foxconn proposes to introduce non-union low wage paying jobs with excecssive overtime demands to SE Wisconsin workers, General Electric moves high paying union jobs to a foreign country and out of  WI Governor Scott Walker’s stronghold of Waukesha, WI!!

Manufacturing workers at a General Electric plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin say they feel like pawns in a political game between GE and Congress as they watch their jobs cross the border to Canada.

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While Harley-Davisdon  closes down their Kansas City plant:

Who bears responsibility for Harley-Davidson closing its Kansas City plant

January 31, 2018 04:39 PM

 

“Those jobs were lost at Harley-Davidson because of declining sales,” he said. “We’re taking responsibility for what we’re doing here.”

Well, whatever the governor is “doing here” clearly wasn’t enough to keep Harley-Davidson in Kansas City.

That fact provides an important lesson for Missouri and Kansas.

Just a few months ago, local boosters were working tirelessly to prepare a bid for Amazon’s new headquarters. Last year, the Sam Brownback administration laid out the fiscal red carpet for Tyson Foods.

The Kansas City area has long offered abatements, credits and other incentives for new companies. Now, Greitens is offering to cut the corporate tax rate by one-third to attract businesses.

Somehow, though, keeping existing companies often attracts less attention. The Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant, with 800 workers, slipped through everyone’s fingers.

It’s a serious blow. The lost jobs are painful enough for the workers, but they will have a ripple effect with other businesses in the area. Kansas City will lose several hundred thousand dollars in earnings tax revenue.

It’s possible there was nothing anyone could have done to keep the plant open. Harley asked for and got substantial incentives over the years, and perhaps no additional tax breaks or credits would have made a difference.

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And in news from China:

Sweatshops in China

Despite the rapid growth of the Chinese economy in the last decade, more than 482 million people in China – 36% of the population – live on less than $2 a day.

In total 85% of China’s poor live in rural areas and extreme poverty forces many of them to leave the countryside in search of employment in urban areas. Often referred to as the factory of the world, China’s industry-oriented economy relies on these migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce.

There are approximately 150 million internal migrant workers in China who, because of their status, do not receive any state benefits or protection. They have to endure poor working conditions such as excessive and forced overtime, denial of social security rights and failure to provide employment contracts, as well as severe health risks.

Before opening up its economy in 1978, China had stringent controls on the movement of people between rural and urban areas, preventing migration to cities. These controls were part of the permit (hukou) system, in which welfare entitlements such as pensions, housing, health and education were tied to a person’s place of birth.

As China moved towards a market economy, cheap rural labour helped fuel the country’s growth and constraints on migration were reduced, however the restrictions on household registration of the hukou have remained in place, so migrant workers become outcasts without access to any state benefits or protection, despite Chinese laws enshrining “equal rights” for all.

Trying to escape from extreme poverty, rural migrant workers find themselves trapped in appalling working conditions.  Most of these workers are women earning extremely low wages – the average monthly salary including overtime is CNY 1,690 (£150).Migrant workers endure long working days, work seven days a week, many without an employment contract and face constant discrimination. Living conditions are poor with up to six people sharing small cramped dormitories. Women migrant workers, who are primarily employed in factories, rarely get maternity leave, and with no childcare facilities and working weeks of more than 70 hours many are forced to send their children to live with family in the countryside.

There is no freedom of association to form trade unions and non-governmental labour organisations are closely monitored by the Government who carry out regular crackdowns. Multinational corporations and national factory owners take advantage of the anti-union climate, the workers’ lack of awareness of their own rights and the Chinese government’s unwillingness to address the abuse of migrant workers’ rights.

In addition the level of occupational disease and injuries is alarmingly high. In 2009 alone, approximately one million workers were injured at work and about 20,000 suffered from diseases due to their occupation. One of the biggest risks to the health of textile workers is sandblasting, a technique used to treat denim so that the fabric has a worn look. Sandblasting exposes workers to silica dust particles which severely damage their respiratory passages causing silicosis, a serious disease which, if left untreated, eventually leads to death. Although sandblasting was banned in the EC in 1966, it continues to be practised in China despite the serious health hazards it poses. Corporations are able to avoid accountability for occupational diseases like silicosis by exploiting legal loopholes. Moreover, the official state trade union has failed to take action on behalf of workers who fall ill and corporations are rarely compelled to pay sickness compensation.

War on Want is currently working with Worker Empowerment (WE) and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) to empower migrant workers and improve working conditions in the Guangdong province. Established in 2003, WE is a labour organisation that seeks to empower Chinese migrant workers to defend their rights by raising workers awareness of their entitlements, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to challenge abuses committed by employers. SACOM is a campaigning organization with six years’ experience in the implementation of hard-hitting international campaigns and entering into dialogue with brands.

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Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing  Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

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