February 11, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Indianapolis, IN – About 150 people joined Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Feb. 2 for a rally at a downtown hotel to support workers at the Rexnord Corp.’s ball-bearing plant here, which the company plans to close and move its 300 jobs to Mexico.
“We’ve got to get a hold of the political system, and something’s got to be done where these companies that are profitable just can’t uproot and deprive people of their livelihood and leave this country,” United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told the crowd. He praised Donnelly and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who noted in a speech shown on video that 60,000 U.S. manufacturing plants have been shut down in recent years. Jones said plant closings are particularly hard on middle-aged workers, who can’t go back to school but are too young to retire, and often get a new job or two that isn’t enough to cover their car or mortgage payments. “I never thought it would happen to me, too,” said Rexnord worker Raleigh “Wally” Hall. “I want to leave you all with one thought: Whose job is gonna be next?” He got a standing ovation. Read more