“Lehigh Valley families who are already struggling to afford gas, groceries and healthcare will soon be without a paycheck, but Dent will still get his $169,000 salary paid for by these taxpayers,” says Kathryn Seck, Bennett Campaign Manager. “Maybe he’s just too wrapped with lobbyist fundraisers in Washington to know what’s going on in his own district. Or did he know about it, tell no one, and do nothing?”
What Team Bennett is really saying is that Congressman Charlie Dent, Governor Rendell and Allentown Mayor Pawlowski have some sort of obligation to play sugar daddy to multinational corporations. After all, some of these handouts times might trickle down to the unwashed masses.
“Our unemployment rate is rising, but my opponent still expects to keep his own job,” says Sam Bennett, District 15 congressional candidate. “The folks I meet along the campaign trail are supporting me because I’ve actually run a businesses and created jobs in our community. And that’s the experience I’ll bring to Congress.”
North Carolina, unlike Pennsylvania, is a "right to work" state. Employees in those states can't be forced to pay union fees or dues, even if they work in a union shop like Mack. So does Bennett advocate changing that law to keep a company like Mack? Of course, the workers in voluntary union states have much lower incomes, but Big Business just loves it.
Congressman Dent did meet with Mack officials, and tried to persuade them to change course.
“I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the painful news of Mack Trucks relocating its world headquarters from Allentown to Greensboro, North Carolina. Mack’s history in Allentown extends over 100 years. The Mack Bulldog not only exemplified the strength of Mack Trucks, but the spirit of the workers. Mack’s closing will be especially painful to the City of Allentown.
I met with Mack officials last night and it appears this decision is irreversible. My primary concern is for the families who will be deeply affected by Mack’s move to Greensboro. Every option and resource must be made available to impacted workers to ensure their immediate needs are met.”