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  • A Response to the Secretary of Labor
    Posted On: Jun 01, 2016

    A Response to the Secretary of labor

                                                                joe brennan

    Governor Bevin has recently made unfortunate choices in his selection of Cabinet members. While his appointments reflect his own particular conservative Tea Party philosophy, they do not represent the experience and expertise required to adequately serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. The appointment of  Derrick Ramsey as the Secretary of Labor is one such example. In a recent press release, he states his position that Right to Work legislation will "transform Kentucky" . His statements, while echoing those of Governor Bevin, reflect a total misunderstanding of the nature of right to work, and its ultimate negative impact Kentucky's workforce, as the following comments will demonstrate.

                1) The Secretary uses the Corvette factory as an example of corporate investment in Kentucky's economic development. It is evident that he is unaware that the plant is a unionized operation, a perfect example of why Kentucky should not embrace right to work legislation.

                2) General Motors is investing four hundred and thirty nine million dollars into the modernization of the plant, not the five hundred million he cites. The company is doing this because it knows that it can count on a skilled, professional, and unionized workforce, to continue to produce a high quality product such as the Corvette, of which 36,000 were reportedly sold in 2014.

                3) In addition to the modernized paint operations, G M investments will also be spent on a number of other production advancements. The new paint facility will include a more efficient FANUC system, a robotic painting operation, that will permit the use of additional colors of paint. Only a half of the current space with be required to perform this specific phase of operations, the entire plant will be doubled in size. An improved waste water filtration system will also be added.

                4) The press releases of both GM and the UAW union do not mention any specific increases in the workforce as a result of these improved operations. The UAW does not list any job openings at the Bowling Green plant in its nationwide job search.


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