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Huffy's moving to China, leaves hundreds shoeless!(17 posts)

Huffy's moving to China, leaves hundreds shoeless!russw19
Dec 15, 2003 1:31 AM
Ok, Huffy is moving from Ohio to China, but the funny thing is the way the ex-workers in Ohio protested. Read the story at this link...

Whoops, typo..russw19
Dec 15, 2003 1:36 AM
Meant to say "Ok, Huffy moved from Ohio to China....."

Being that it happened 5 years ago...

... the thing that really stings is...Akirasho
Dec 15, 2003 5:31 AM
... these workers made major wage and benefit concessions in a bid to secure their future... instead, they hastened their own demise... one of the reasons why I, a Delphi hourly employee... won't go quietly into the night (GM no longer deals exclusively with Delphi for it's parts... so we're under the gun to compete as an OEM supplier... myslef, already having watched two former GM/Delphi jobs shipped overseas in the last 7 years).

When/if, Delphi closes my local plant... I plan on leaving something hot and steaming when I go...

Be the bike.
One of the greatest protests of all timepitt83
Dec 15, 2003 6:00 AM
Was when US Steel undercut their own workers and imported steel from Japan for resale in the states. The US wokers took great exception to this and, as it was financed by a local bank (Mellon?), they all took out safety deposit boxes. Workers then filled them with fish entrails and carcasses. Opening a safety deposit box without the consent of the depositer is almost impossible and requires a court order. One of the greatest acts of social disobedience IMHO.
HA! That is Classic! nm.russw19
Dec 15, 2003 6:04 AM
On the bright side of job exporting and bicycling...c722061
Dec 15, 2003 6:09 AM
Majority Americans will get so poor to afford cars and will use bicycles for transportation.
A result of the "Wal-Marting" of America...davet
Dec 15, 2003 6:46 AM
I believe that one of Wal-Mart's biggest sins was they have taught consumers that price is everything and the only thing, nothing else matters. With that frame of mind, a consumer no longer considers all the ramifications of buying something; the jobs kept or lost, environmental consequences, working conditions and the like. So with consumers seeking ever lower prices, companies are forced to go overseas to compete in the marketplace.

I'm not condoning that Huffy, Delphi or any other company that has abandoned the U.S. I just ask whose fault is it?
My rant on thisvarmit
Dec 15, 2003 7:15 AM
Corporate america is ruining the future of this country by exporting the jobs that we need to make a decent living. If most of the US jobs are exported to the cheap labor locations, there won't be enough domestic household income to buy the "made in where ever" stuff that compaies are trying to pedal. The so called "service economy" is a cruel joke. The only way for an economy to grow and prosper is to have value added industries - manufactering, engineering and such. Otherwise, we are regressing into a barter economy similar to the 16th or 17th century, where we provide some service for each other with no financial gain for either party.

My usual statement about this situation is: "If everyone worked at McDonalds, nobody could afford to eat there."

A fairly recent situation is the export of highly skilled jobs to the cheap labor countries. The shift of IT jobs has been well documented on the news. Something that isn't shown is that most major us firms now have their engineering work done in India and some in Russia.

The cruel irony of this whole mess is that the US government encourages and funds the export of our jobs with our tax dollars.
You guys would have reallyrubendc19
Dec 15, 2003 8:10 AM
been ticked off, if you read this add on Walmart I read last month at the gym. I wish I can remember what magazine, it's one of the financial ones. The cover pictured the "Wal-Mart" happy face, but this one had a mean face on it looking down at a supplier. If anyone else read this article and remember the magazine, please shed some light
It could have been the article I readSpecialTater
Dec 15, 2003 9:38 AM
in Fast Company magazine explaining how they essentially name the price they will pay suppliers, forcing the suppliers to take whatever steps necessary to cut production costs. They used Vlasic pickles as an example. They also discussed bikes, though that could be another article. It strengthened my resolve to not purchase anything else from WalMart or Sam's, though I consider myself a conservative capitalist.

Here's a link...
which is why i refuse to buy anything at wal-mart. nmrufus
Dec 15, 2003 10:18 AM
yes thats it...... thanx specialTater...rubendc19
Dec 15, 2003 8:04 PM
Business Week, probably early Octoberpitt83
Dec 15, 2003 9:39 AM
Good article re: supply chain exploitation and strong arming, human toll on sub-poverty workers, lifestyle toll on communities, etc. However, it also pointed out how sucessful that franchise has become.
Here's the BW article about Wal Martpitt83
Dec 15, 2003 12:25 PM
My rant on this...=my point,.davet
Dec 15, 2003 10:32 AM
My point being that Wal-Mart has taken capitalism to a new low and forcing other businesses to adopt their model of "cheap is everything" and those businesses go off-shore because the consumer now is 'bottom line' only.

It wasn't terribly long ago that a family had one wage earner who brought home enough money to buy a house, car, send the kids to college and have money left over at the end of the month. Sure prices were higher then, but was that a necessarily bad thing?
wages were higher too.rufus
Dec 16, 2003 8:32 AM
if you factor out inflation. a dollar had more buying power then.
I was once in that plant in Ohio...Alexx
Dec 16, 2003 6:12 AM
...and it was typical of the poor practices of American manufacturers of the period. I was driving an 18-wheeler, and was picking up a load of bikes consigned to K-Mart.

I'm not going to comment on the quality of the bikes made there (this was in the late 80's, BTW), but I was a bit alarmed when the loaders found that the load was just a bit too big for my 53' trailer. Rather than pull a few boxes off, they took a forklift, turned it around backwards, and rammed the load several times, until the boxes would allow the dooor to close!