Democratic and labor-friendly senators and representatives are working to take advantage of the their majority in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, while they have it.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is standing up for working people by voting for legislation to help them on the job. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the expansion of manufacturing hubs and to talk about a plant in Ohio that is laying workers off with plans for more antiworker action.
Expanding manufacturing hubs
Seven years ago, Sen. Brown another former senator launched an effort to expand manufacturing hubs, as the country was still felling the effects of the Great Recession. They sought to bring manufacturing hubs to places most affected by the recession.
Their plan sat dormant for awhile, as past presidents had other goals in mind. Now though, Sen. Brown said it is time to relaunch the effort, as President Biden has shown a willingness to help the working class.
While some believe the government should stay out of private business and allow companies to choose where to build facilities, Sen. Brown believes the government can work in conjunction with private business to help struggling industrial towns.
GE Bucyrus plant
As the senior U.S. Ohio Senator, Brown has a vested interest in the wellbeing of the Buckeye State. When he heard GE was moving products away from a plant in Bucyrus, Ohio, he sprung into action. Now, GE is seeking to send manufacturing jobs to China for cheaper labor.
Sen. Brown met with the plant’s union leaders and discussed potential options to save the plant. He then sent a letter to the GE’s CEO with a list of questions and demands, which was met with no response.
Walmart, the company selling the product, will not speak up in defense of the jobs. Sen. Brown said he will seek legislative options for punishing companies who send their work overseas to cheap labor markets.