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GE To Hire 5K, Build In Right To Work States

From a never dot-connecting Reuters:

GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants

February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year.

This is the other side of crony capitalism. The administration can call in chits when it wants. Judging from Mr. Immelt’s comments (below), General Electric is only hiring these veterans to help Obama’s re-election campaign. And not because they need workers.

Besides, who is to say these 5,000 veterans will ever be hired? And if any of them are hired, will they still have their jobs after the November elections?

After all, Obama gave General Electric $24.9 million dollars from his “stimulus” in February 2009. In return, GE cut its US-based employees by 18,000 in 2009, according to the company’s 2009 annual report.

The largest U.S. conglomerate unveiled the moves ahead of a four-day meeting it is convening in Washington starting on Monday to focus on boosting the U.S. economy, which has been slow to recover from a brutal 2007-2009 recession.

"We should have the confidence to act and to restore American competitiveness," Chief Executive Jeff Immelt, a top adviser on jobs and the economy to President Barack Obama, said in a statement.

So are they doing this because they need the new workers, or because Obama needs to have the economy boosted before the elections?

The U.S. unemployment rate — seen as the main barrier to a move [sic] vibrant recovery — fell to a near three-year low of 8.3 percent in January, helped in part by the manufacturing sector adding about 50,000 workers.

But helped more by the Obama administration’s ‘creative accounting.’

Even with that improvement, 23.8 million Americans remain out of work or underemployed, which is keeping the economy a key issue heading into November’s presidential elections.

And we can’t have that.

The world’s largest maker of jet engines plans this year to open three new U.S. aviation plants, in Ellisville, Mississippi; Auburn, Alabama, and Dayton, Ohio

Except for Ohio, these are all ‘right to work’ states. And there is a strong push underway to make Ohio the next ‘right to work’ state.

So will Obama’s National Labor Relations Board try to block these plants like they did with Boeing? Or will they turn a blind eye as another reward to GE for playing ball with the administration?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “GE To Hire 5K, Build In Right To Work States”

  1. Curiosity says:

    (From the article Steve linked at the bottom)

    After an overwhelming defeat by Ohio voters in the Senate Bill 5 battle involving public employee unions, Kasich does not appear eager to take on big labor again anytime soon.

    Kasich took on probably too much – Firefighters and Police were included in the bill, which were the only significant objections I heard from people (not counting teachers). The day after the elections, the bill’s sponsor Majority Whip Shannon Jones” indicated she expected individual measures to be tried again. I hope right-to-work is a part of that.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    So, does this mean GE Chairman Jeff Immelt has quit soufflant Obama?

    ‘Cause right to work is the bedrock anathema to Unions.


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