Last edited by bluethunder; July 11th, 2012 at 11:35 PM.
Don't tell me that was the only reason for the plant closing because my father, uncles and cousins all worked there. After the strike in 1957, my father said that Bethelhem will never put money into the plant again and thought that the plant would close within 10 years. He was wrong it took 15 years. If in fact your warped idea was true we would have no steel manufacturing capabilities in this country which in fact we do. I could explain the economics of the plant to you but you could NOT comprehend the total picture. Everybody had a part in the plant closing from management, workers, unions, city taxes, county taxes, state taxes, federal and state laws and rules to the overall cost to modernize the plant. The plant could no longer make a profit and closed that is the bottomline. Bethelhem moved production to newer plants and 25,000 people were unemployed. Now try calling this anything but the truth.
Last edited by getalife123; July 12th, 2012 at 11:58 AM.
Exactly. We all know how there were a lot of workers who clocked in to the Steel Plant, while at the same time having a city job, and then going drinking or gambling at the OTB. I had relatives who worked at the plant and were specifically told not to do a certain task because they had to wait 15 minutes for another guy to drive across the plant and turn that bolt. Like you said, work rules, high unskilled labor costs, taxes, poor mgmt, etc, all added up to make the plant uncompetitive.
All politicians want to make an industry into a faceless entity because then making the industry into a villain is simple. The fact is that industries are a collection of people with similar values working for a common goal. One of those goals is not having to support the waste of their hard work and money. Paying for patronage jobs in the city and schools with no real value with tax dollars is CRIMINAL.
Last edited by getalife123; July 12th, 2012 at 02:27 PM.
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