Yesterday, I wrote about the much ballyhooed "incentives" packages for Goodyear Tire in Cumberland County that the Legislature approved, but Mike Easley had the good sense to veto. Yes, even Governor Easley, who has never met a corporate welfare package he hasn't loved.
This weekend, I'm urging my friends across our once great state to please contact your state legislators by Monday. Next week, they will take attempt to override Easley's veto and many Republicans are supporting the override! We must tell them to just say no.
The Steelworkers Union, which represents the Goodyear union employees, is supporting this measure and they have big bucks. They are trying to intimidate our lawmakers into voting for the override. The union is telling them that if they do not support the corporate welfare package, they will be faced with opposition next fall that will paint them as being unfriendly to workers.
The unions may try this tactic, but voters know that unions no longer stand for average working people and they haven't in a very long time. I should know. I am a product of a union household and saw firsthand what unions ARE NOT capable of!
Links of interest on this issue:
Easley Faces Veto Test --The legislature appears likely to override the governor's rejection of a job incentives plan: by Jonathan B. Cox and Lynn Bonner of the Raleigh News and Observer
Real Business Leaders Don't Beg For Handouts by for state Supreme Court Justice, Bob Orr