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Uploaded on Jan 28, 2011
Last November, corporate officials informed the more than 270 employees of the Philips Luminaires plant in Sparta, Tenn., that it would be shutting down the lighting fixture factory and moving most of its production to Mexico by 2012.
This is despite the fact the plant has won numerous awards for productivity and efficiency, including Industry Week's 2009 top 10 best North American plants.
he plant is a model workplace," says IBEW International Representative Brent Hall, who represents workers at the facility. "Labor-management relations are excellent. IBEW Local 2143 has always been willing to negotiate with the company to make the plant run more efficiently. There has not been a work stoppage in more than 30 years."
As recently as two months ago, Philips awarded the plant its "lean" manufacturing award, recognizing the efforts of workers and management to increase productivity and cut costs. The average wage for production workers at the plant is $13 an hour.
The company, which prides itself on its commitment to green technology, says it will begin production in January of energy-efficient LED light fixtures, which are increasingly in demand as incandescent bulbs are phased out.
We can't afford to see anymore good jobs outsourced -- time to tell Philips: Don't Pull the Plug on American Jobs.