JAN. 31, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC – Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr., released the following statement on the decision by Electrolux to close its St. Cloud, Minn., facility:
“I want my Sisters and Brothers to know that I share your anger over the decision by Electrolux management to stop operations in St. Cloud. The way you are being treated by this company is unacceptable to myself, this Executive Council and your leadership team in Minnesota. We are in touch with the company to start a dialogue about next steps. We’re also reaching out to our Sisters and Brothers in Sweden, the home base of Electrolux. Elected officials in Minnesota have also offered any support necessary.
“As for Electrolux corporate management, I cannot fathom the thinking behind abandoning a workforce that has given their all to a company for generations. This foreign company has made a habit of slashing our good-paying jobs so they can make a few more bucks off the backs of working families. The corporate-driven race to the bottom must stop now, or we’ll continue to see good jobs disappear and communities destroyed.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or Machinists Union, represents approximately 1,000 members at the affected Electrolux plant in St. Cloud, Minn.