By: Diane Benjamin According to an interview on WGLT, the chances of finding a buyer for the Mitsubishi Auto plant aren’t good. Paul Eisenstein, of the Detroit bureau-dot-com, said dozens of plants have closed in the US in the last decade, most have been torn down. Cleanup will cost millions. New plants are built away from unions and a trained workforce is not essential, they prefer to train their own workforce. Hear the interview here: http://wglt.org/wireready/news/2015/08/00804_08-03eisensteinWEB_014945.shtml Task forces, like the local group, were created in light of the plant closures. Eisenstein said most failed. Illinois is NOT a state that values manufacturing, fleeing the state accelerated in 2014. https://www.illinoispolicy.org/hey-speaker-madigan-illinois-no-1-budget-problem-is-taxpayers-fleeing-the-state/ The McLean County Board needs to pass Right-To-Work now. Bloomington and Normal will never pass it, so the County must. It may be the only hope. Citizens must DEMAND it. Contact your representatives. County Board members: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/Directory.aspx?DID=11 Don’t assume wages will be lower. Job growth and incomes are rising in Right-To-Work states, while falling in states like Illinois. What Illinois is doing isn’t working, why not try something different.
Side note: Multiply the number of Mitsubishi jobs by 4-7 to get the total job loss number. Not all will be local, but many will. 4-7 is in the interview.