8/9/12

Soptic, Michelle Obama, and 150 jobs

By now you have to be aware of the dustup over the Soptic campaign ad being run by Obmanian super-PAC Priorities USA.

Not only does the most cursory fact checking blow holes in Soptic's tale of woe, but the Obamanian campaignsters are hanging themselves out to dry with their denials:

Four Pinochios


But if we follow Soptic's logic, and the logic not only of super-PAC Priorities USA but also the Obama campaign ... then we have to give this one some credence as well:

Crain's Chicago Business: Off Message 

wherein Treehouse Foods and the La Junta pickle plant closing are discussed:

Amid all that optioning, TreeHouse did something else in 2005: On Nov. 26, it announced plans to close its La Junta, Colo., pickle plant, a move that claimed the jobs of 153 workers, most of them Hispanic — a big blow to a rural town with only 9,500 residents. The jobs paid a starting wage of $11 an hour, good pay for the area. The company blamed slowing pickle sales. But the locals are still furious.

"Prior to the closing, they told us this plant was as efficient as any, that they had hardworking and loyal employees," says La Junta Mayor Don Rizzuto. The firm even spent money on an expansion a few years earlier, and the town paid for needed roadwork. Adds the mayor: "In Chicago, 150 jobs is a pebble on the beach. In La Junta, it's a slice of the beach."

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Meanwhile, Mayor Rizzuto has an offer: He'll pay the airfare for either Mr. or Ms. Obama to come and "look at the people and the town they're affecting." He adds, "If she and her husband are the champion of the little guy, it's amazing what they're doing."

Michelle Obama, you may recall, sat on the board of directors of TreeHouse Foods.

Meanwhile, we have this update (08.10.2012) to The Continuing Saga of Joe the Steelworker:

Soptic was offered a buyout

For two days we've been led to believe Bain Capital (two years after Mitt Romney officially left the company) destroyed the life of steelworker Joe Soptic by laying him off. No mention of a buyout, no mention of benefit payouts. Bain simply came in and handed workers a pink slip. Turns out, that's not the case. In an interview with Democracy Now, Soptic admits he was offered a buyout by Bain, something he has failed to mention until now.