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JOBS: Don’t subsidize late layoff notices

Letter by Robert H. Botnen, Tacoma on Oct. 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm with No Comments »
October 5, 2012 1:25 pm

Re: “Defense layoff notices shushed” (TNT, 10-5).

President Obama does not want our defense contractors to give layoff notices to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. He is willing to illegally pay those workers with citizen tax dollars until after the election, along with any incurred fines for not complying with the act.

Major defense contractors include Lockheed Martin, BAE systems, EADS North America, etc. Hundreds are due to be laid off, and they are legally required to be notified months in advance.

Mainstream media are doing all they can to shore up Obama’s jobs image, like reporting unemployment as under 8 percent, when in reality, the workers who have given up looking are no longer counted. Fox reports actual unemployment is over 11 percent.

The loss of defense jobs would likely cause a huge jump in those numbers as well. Don’t listen to what Obama says, watch what he does.

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