July 08, 2009
Eagle Industries, a U.S. Army contractor, is planning to close its factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The company has already started shipping machinery to Puerto Rico, where labor is cheaper. The move would put 350 people out of work. But Eagle workers are standing up and fighting back. They include single mothers of young children, pregnant women, middle-aged folks, and parents who both work at Eagle. Eagle workers make soldiers' backpacks under an Army contract which requires the backpacks to be made in New Bedford. If Eagle moves to Puerto Rico, the Army must agree to change the location
of production or Eagle will lose its Army contract. Because Eagle doesn't want to lose this contract, Army decision-makers may be able to save the workers' jobs.
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