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Resource ID: #17673
Subject: Employment
Source: The Nation
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Date: Feb. 12

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The Nation investigates what is behind the plans of General Electric to cut 1,400 jobs at its plant in Bloomington, Indiana. The story reveals that half the production will be moved to Mexico, where "instead of $24 an hour in wages and benefits, labor can be bought for $ 2 an hour." The author points out that this is the largest GE's mass layoff in Bloomington in recent years. The report finds that "if the cost-saving exercise delayed more aggressive action - and gave managers the benefit of the workers' knowledge free of charge - it also inspired some collective spirit within the shop." The investigation sheds light on the labor unions' indecisiveness about how to fight the coming layoff.

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