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forklift driver

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Layoffs at the mill?
« on: June 23, 2022, 08:34:41 AM »
A little bird told me a bunch of union members were given notice they are being laid off again. I guess now that the owners have stopped the rezoning they don’t need to waste any more money on the employees? It’s a shame those employees are being used in a game by management and the union boss.

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Re: Layoffs at the mill?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 01:21:02 PM »
If the "little bird" is correct, it could signal the weakness of the business plan to ship billets by diesel locomotive driven trains from Peoria, Illinois to Georgetown SC to be made into wire.  The problems with it are that (a) as Henry Ford might agree, it is a very inefficient way to set up an industrial production line, (2) the cost to loading, transporting and unloading the billets is expensive, (3) the expense increases with the price of diesel fuel, (4) it leaves the final product to be transported from the Atlantic coast around the country rather than from the middle of the country in Illinois, increasing the cost of doing so for any customers closer to Illinois than South Carolina, (5) and it occurs in a market in which the tariffs imposed on some cheaper imported steel have be eased or removed.  If any of that is true, the "little bird" may well be a chicken that has come home to roost. 

I am very sympathetic to workers at the mill.  I support the notion that they, and all workers, deserve to be treated fairly and respectfully, paid a living wage and protected against any form of exploitation or manipulation.  Whether that has been the case here or not will become clear soon enough.  Economic reality is, like gravity, a force of nature.
   

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Re: Layoffs at the mill?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 02:17:09 PM »
That didn’t take long. The union boss didn’t show his face yesterday but he did send me a message today. Guess I better “watch my back”. At least 12 people got notified yesterday. Will anyone cover the truth about the mill?

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Re: Layoffs at the mill?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 09:29:27 AM »
Advice to anyone who is on the receiving end of a threat, even if you don't know where it came from:  Report it to law enforcement authorities and keep a copy of the resulting incident report.  Doing so creates a starting point for an investigation should anything happen.   It also creates a strong disincentive to otherwise anonymous bullies that if they're not careful they might get caught.  That's called a "detergent effect" -- it helps the otherwise unwise, reckless or the like clean up their act.  It least it gives them the soap they need to wash out their mouths.

Many years ago when I held public office, someone left a severed deer's head on the porch of my law office.  I reported it, both to the police and to the press.  I did so because I wanted the person who did so to know that his gesture had not gone unnoticed and had been reported.  It also gave me an opportunity to send a message back.  Just as I expected, the reporter from the Sun News asked me to comment, so I did.  I said, in part, that "l''m no zoologist, but it looks like a head from an ass to me."  They printed the quote.  I saved it, along with a copy of the incident report.  Like other threats I've received from time to time, nothing more came of it.  Cowards, it seems, hide in the tall grass and tend to stay there.