Maytag Machinists: Daley Owes Galesburg, IL Families an Apology
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is calling on Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley to apologize to the City of Galesburg and hundreds of former Maytag workers who lost their jobs when Maytag closed the Galesburg plant in 2004.
“Bill Daley is quick to tout the benefits of free trade, but Galesburg and its workers paid a high price for that policy when Maytag shuttered the Galesburg plant moved more than 1,500 U.S. jobs to Mexico,” said IAM Midwest Territory Vice President Phil Gruber. “Daley was unforgivably silent as Galesburg workers and families were abandoned to the cruelest economic environment in decades.”
Daley is scheduled to appear at Galesburg’s 121st annual Labor Day Parade, the longest continuous running Labor Day parade in America.
Also taking part in Galesburg’s Labor Day Parade will be Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who earned the respect of Galesburg’s Maytag workers when he vigorously opposed the closure, speaking out forcefully during a Maytag shareholders meeting.
“Maytag workers will not forget who spoke up for them in their hour of need, nor will they forget who was silent,” said Gruber. “The best thing Bill Daley can do now is to acknowledge his mistake, apologized for the damage done to Galesburg and pledge to defend American jobs in the future.”
The IAM represented Galesburg’s Maytag workers for decades and remains among the largest industrial trade unions in North America. For more information about the IAM, visit www.goiam.org.