Layoffs of Over 3,000 Indiana Workers Overshadow President’s Visit to Elkhart Today
3,051 IN Workers Have Been Notified of Layoffs Since Passage of GOP Tax Bill, According to Official State WARN Data
AT&T and Walmart Laying Off Hundreds of Indiana Workers After Receiving Billions In Tax Breaks From the President’s Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Washington, D.C. — Ahead of President Trump’s visit to Indiana today, Not One Penny spokesperson Tim Hogan released the following statement:
“As the President visits Indiana today to try to sell his scam of a tax bill, he’ll have to reconcile the fact that, since the bill passed, over 3,000 workers across the state have gotten pink slips. While corporations like Walmart rake in billions in new tax breaks , those same corporations have laid off hundreds of Indiana workers. These massive corporate tax breaks clearly aren’t trickling down to working families, and the President owes answers to the thousands of people throughout the state who are now being told their jobs are going away.”
According to official state WARN data, 3,051 IN workers have been notified of layoffs since the passage of the GOP tax bill.
A Sam’s Club in Goshen in Elkhart County shut down in January, leaving 110 workers without jobs. Altogether, three Sam’s Clubs in Indiana announced closures just after the new year, affecting 419 workers in the state.
Meanwhile, Walmart, which operates Sam’s Club, received $200 million from the Republican tax plan in 2017.
Just as AT&T learned it was receiving $20.3 billion in tax cuts for 2017 as a result of the GOP tax bill, the company announced layoffs of hundreds of workers in Indiana and across the Midwest.
In Elkhart, the Carson’s Department Store at the Concord Mall announced a shutdown in February when its parent company, The Bon Ton Stores, Inc., declared bankruptcy. Altogether 10 Carson’s and Elder-Beerman stores closed in Indiana so far in 2018, resulting in 443 layoffs in the state.
Eli Lilly, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, was rewarded by the GOP tax plan with an incredibly low 15.5% tax rate in the first quarter of 2018, after laying off 2,500 people last November.
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