Forum On Plants Closing

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

But one area group says it won't stop till it sees results. At this point it seems as if it's coming down to legislation. Members of the Jobs Campaign have been making rounds to various candidates to see whose committed to growing a healthy economy. Rockford College Professor Bob Von der Ohe says staying put comes down to the company's pocketbook. He goes on to say, "How can I make a profit when I look at it and say gosh my expense is high labor costs. If that's your problem you have to find a solution to that. One of the ways is to improve technology."

Those in attendance at the Plant Closings Forum represent retired Chrysler and Hamilton Sundstrand workers along with those that are currently employed or have been laid off. Those at Hamilton Sundstrand question why all our secrets like a special gear box for military aircraft have headed to China.

Retired Hamilton Sundstrand worker Dean Johnson states, “It’s like I said earlier, Sundstrand profits have been going through the roof and that's not the reason they went overseas it was a power struggle."

Members of the Jobs Campaign are counting on change come November 7th but Von der Ohe says it will take years. He states, “If there's going to be any change it will not come until after the 2008 election if not even 4 years further down the road."

Right now those looking for a job can really only turn to the service industry.


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