There were 365 people laid off yesterday in the town where I used to live. More lucky duckies who will fall behind on their mortgages for Christmas! Notice the reasons given by management:
What upset Weiss the most, she said, was that she was one of the company’s first hires at its original plant. In her 16 years there, she said, she helped to build Express Scripts into what it is now, and yet the company never offered her or her longtime colleagues the opportunity to transfer to its newly-built facility when they announced the mass layoffs eight months ago.
“They just said ‘you’re done.'” she told HuffPost. “The company is being greedy. They want more and more and more. We were the original workers, we made this company what it is, and what will happen to us now?”
An Express Scripts spokesman said the timing of the layoffs was coincidental and that the facility in Bensalem was closed because new technology had made the plant obsolete.
“We’re in the business of making the use of prescription drugs safer and more affordable, and in order to do that we have to continue growing with the latest technologies,” he said. “I’m not sure what that has to do with greed.”
The company decided to open a new facility in St. Louis instead of Bensalem following months of negotiations over proposed wage cuts, he said, that the Service Employees International Union, which represents the facility’s workers, wouldn’t allow.
So let me understand. It’s all about the new technologies, but if the workers had agreed to substantial wage and benefit cuts, they could have kept their jobs? Sounds to me like this has everything to do with greed.