Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harley layoffs could deride Walker's next campaign ride

[Updated, 1:31 p.m., with news of 180 permanent layoffs falling principally at the company's Menomonee Falls, WI, and Kansas City plants.]

Harley-Davidson will announce today where a round of layoffs will land.

I'm hoping the impact here is minimal, given the recent big hits to other iconic Wisconsin manufacturing businesses and their employees, including Oscar Mayer, Caterpillar, Manitowoc Crane, Brillion Iron Works, and others.

In fact, Wisconsin last year lost nearly 3,800 manufacturing jobs, trailed the national new job growth percentage and stayed stalled in its fairly consistent ranking of 33rd among the 50 states in employment gains, according to data released last month.

I wonder if our right-wing GOP WI GOP and failed job creator is planning to promote himself and his upcoming re-election campaign through more motorcycle riding photo ops if they call attention to the pink-slip colored FUBAR state employment picture now bleeding into his seventh desultory year.

I also recall his Iowa and New Hampshire two-wheeled campaign adventures didn't exactly carry him very far with voters, or the company, as ABC News put it:
Scott Walker Endorses the Harley, but Company's Not Endorsing Him


Peter Felknor said...

If he deigns to address the Harley layoffs, Walker will just blame 'em on unions.

College Drop Out Governor said...

I wonder if the money for his Harley came via the Veteran's slush fund that Tim Russell went to prison over?

James Rowen said...

Walker has said Tonette bought it for him.