May 4, 2009
American Axle announced it is closing its largest plant in Detroit, Michigan and cutting more than 500 jobs permanently.
In 2001, the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit gave American Axle 18.5 million dollars in tax breaks. Of course, the politicians claimed this would save jobs!
In 2004, workers at American Axle gave up big concessions followed by more concessions in 2006 and 2008. This too, was supposed to save jobs – so the union leadership claimed.
Now they have closed American Axle. They told 500 workers, “Too bad, you don’t have a job!”
The politicians and the union leadership have been claiming forever that tax breaks and concessions save jobs. When? Never! They lie!