Monday, August 29, 2011

More jobs take a walk

From the Huffington Post:

A scrum of protesters and factory workers set to lose their jobs descended on a Brooklyn factory Wednesday, urging Maramont Corporation, which has supplied meals to New York City public schools for years, to reconsider its decision to move production to Pennsylvania.

Maramont's announcement that it would be laying off more than 140 workers has angered residents of Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood and city officials, given that the company has benefited from a slew of city contracts going back at least to the 1990s. The company has said it will relocate its production to Moosic, Pa., just outside Scranton, presumably a much cheaper labor market than New York City.

A database of New York City vendor contracts shows that Maramont has received $175 million worth of city contracts during the last decade. The most recent was a $5 million contract inked with the city's education department in 2008; no start or end date is listed for that contract.


Anonymous said...

Companies providing anything under NYC contract (or, for that matter, services to NYC under state or Fed contract) should be located in NYC. I'm not just talking about weighting contract bids - you want the contract, you must have a significant presence in NYC. Why isn't this a regulation/law?

Anonymous said...

Same for NYPD, Anon#1. They should go back to the law that said you had to be a resident to be a cop here. No more taking city pay to the 'burbs.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Let New York City do what any sane government does, award contracts to the lowest bidder. And let city employees live anywhere they want. These residency restrictions they had in the past were laughably enforced.

Anonymous said...

most families, whose public school pupils receive free welfare meals, are receiving free food stamps,from the taxpayers of U.S.A.

why can't the parents make a sandwich & send an apple in the lunch bag?

we kids survived during the 1930's & 40's,with a lunch bag.

theN.Y.C., D.O.E.
gets $21,000,000,000.00 (BILLION) from taxpayers
in 2011-2012.America is going broke. this spending is UNSUSTAINABLE.