Bristol Metals fires 290 Workers

Speaking of continuing losses in manufacturing Bristol Tennessee takes another blow in addition to the huge drops in attendance at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol Metals a company that makes stainless steel pipe fired 37 workers in 2012 and in June fired the last of its 290 member workforce.

City leaders as usual were caught off guard. Quoting the Bristol Herald Courier in 2012:

The company is in the middle of a five-year in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the city's Industrial Development Board. Under the agreement, the company can make capital investments without paying additional property taxes. The board will own any new buildings and equipment until the terms of the agreement are fulfilled.

Really? Now what Bristol Tennessee? They dodged their taxes and what are you going to do? Another corporate welfare deal and all we get is 290 layoffs from a company that claims it's the largest stainless steel pipe manufacturer in the country.

Mass Immigration Killing the Working Poor Here Too

Immigration reform will cause even more misery for the working poor as an additional 22 million more guest workers over the next decade will further displace native born low-wage workers and already have in East Tennessee and Tri-Cities. Low-wage black workers have been driven out of the labor force across the nation by immigration and the same thing is happening to poor whites in our region as employers hunt for more cheap-exploitable labor.

In fact this has been recommended to business as a way to lower labor costs in the tourist-retirement related industries this region is promoting. Simply put they want to bring in even cheaper labor to displace the working poor that already dominates our private sector labor market. The working poor are ignored and marginalized already and so the system of social apartheid will continue to flourish.