Foxconn Springs a Surprise for its Wisconsin Factory Plans

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

When we last checked in on Wisconsin’s plans to add a Foxconn plant to the southeast corner of the state, there was a lot of skepticism. None of that skepticism has abated, despite cheerleading from Gov. Scott Walker.

The governor -- currently locked in a tight race for re-election -- remains very bullish that this manufacturing facility, which could receive up to $4 billion in public subsidies if it follows through with its contractual plans to create 13,000 jobs in the Badger State, will come to fruition.

But there’s a new wrinkle to the Foxconn development saga: Foxconn might not build the type of factory it originally agreed to build! The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this week:

“In a shift from its stance of two months ago, the company on Wednesday did not offer assurances that it still plans to build the type of liquid crystal display panel plant the contracts cite.

“Known as Generation 10.5 fabrication facilities, or fabs, such plants are the largest and most expensive in the display industry. They produce very large panels, such as 65-inch or 75-inch television screens, that are cut from ultra-thin pieces of “mother glass” measuring about 9.5 feet by 11 feet.

“Foxconn’s original plans last year called for building a Generation 10.5 plant, and both the state and local agreements reached with the company define the project that way.”

The company is instead planning to build a Generation 6 plant which is smaller, less costly, and makes less expensive products. This has made some Wisconsinites very antsy.

Foxconn is saying to just be cool, man: It “is still planning for an advanced fab facility in the near future after the completion of the first phase. Whether it is Gen 10.5 or something else depends on the market and economic situations at the time.”

Hmmmm. Foxconn is playing super lose with those promises, it seems, while Gov. Walker put billions of dollars of subsidies on the line for this project. Hope those "market and economic situations" line up in time! In the meantime, we got a line and we’re sticking to it (to paraphrase Alliance for American manufacturing President Scott Paul):

We’ll be excited about the Foxconn plans when we see actual paychecks going to workers in Wisconsin. And we’re still a long way off from paychecks.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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