I worked for several years for AlliedSignal engines, now Honeywell, here in Phoenix. At our main engine plant here, we endured a couple of union organizing campaigns that both fell just shy of winning a position for the union. A reasonable manager might expect that under the Democrat's proposed card-check system which replaces anonymous votes with open petitions, that enough hijinx could be brought to bear to put the union over the top. I don't now if this is what they have in mind, but...
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace plans to move 700 manufacturing jobs from Phoenix to Mexico and the Czech Republic.
Employees were notified Thursday of the cuts, which will begin in the second quarter of 2009 and continue for three years. Most of the job cuts are expected in the first year.
Workers who asked not to be identified said the news caught employees completely off-guard.
I think the timing just a day after election results in, and the level of surprise, are telling. Time to get this done now, before the owners have to go cap in hand to their employees to ask permission to run their business as they see fit. I thought this last bit they added brings a nice irony to the situation:
The announcement came two days after Barack Obama, who has promised to take a hard line with companies that move manufacturing jobs overseas, was elected the 44th U.S. president.
Whatever that means, but it does give yet another reason to get out fast.