This September, Citizen Action of Wisconsin announced a tour of companies that have outsourced jobs and received public money. Last week, we unveiled a live map of tour stops as we highlight where these companies are in our state. Click here for that map.
We also have a new feature with the map, a live count since Walker announced in 2014he was in favor of ending public funds going to companies that outsource jobs (yet nothing has been done!)
Today, we add a new company - Hampton Products International, Shell Lake WI
Hampton Products, a larger employer in the Shell Lake/Washburn County area, has been overlooked in the discussion about outsourcing. As the website that announces Wisconsin layoffs appears faster than the outsourcing/TAA database, news stories about Hampton have just covered that it is laying off employees. However, their is more to it than that.
Late November 2012, Hampton Products was awarded a $420,000 "business expansion" grant from Walker's jobs agency WEDC. An expectation of that grant, according to WEDC's website, was the creation of 140 jobs at the business. And, 4 years later, WEDC is taking credit for 3 jobs being created thanks to this grant.
However, in 2015 it was determined that Hampton Products had instead outsourced 29 employees to foreign countries. As stated in the Department of Labor investigation, "employment decline is related to the shift in production of storm door closers and latches to a foreign country".
So for our state's $420,000 investment, the net impact on jobs has been negative 29. Will WEDC seek to get our taxpayer money back from this private outsourcing company? Doubtful.
No company deserves public money, period. And any that does request it must prove their societal benefit that would not occur without it. AND they must have terms put in front of them by state government to protect residents from outsourcing, from abandoned property, from lost and/or low wages. That is the role of a strong, progressive government with its citizens' interest in mind.
The State Legislators representing the districts where these jobs were lost from (Shell Lake), Rep Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake) voted AGAINST ending public funds to outsourcers (2015 Assembly Vote 441), while Sen Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) voted FOR ending public funds to outsourcers!
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