Levin shares insights on manufacturing

Apr 15, 2004

U.S. Senator Carl Levin met with local leaders at Kettering University to discuss the state of manufacturing in the U.S.

United States Senator Carl Levin (D-Detroit) held a meeting Tuesday, April 13, in Kettering's Women's Resource Center with local industry executives and representatives of the UAW about several issues, including the drain of manufacturing jobs the country is currently facing. More than 20 people attended the private meeting to discuss ways to combat the move of manufacturing jobs overseas. During the discussion, attendees talked about training opportunities and new technologies as potential ways to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

This visit also gave Dr. James E.A. John, Kettering president, an opportunity to address the importance of cooperative education, Kettering's fuel cell efforts and how these efforts could help spur future economic growth in the Flint area. Some other topics of discussion included the issue with healthcare for companies and rising costs of maintaining health coverage for employees. Bob Roth, the UAW representative in attendance at the meeting, made perhaps one of the most poignant observations when he said, "There are currently 112 contracts in 11 counties in this state right now and the major issue used to be wages. Today, it's health care."

Levin expressed a desire to learn more from these attendees in coming months and encouraged them to contact his state office, especially regarding any ideas on how to maintain manufacturing jobs in the U.S. As Levin noted, "it's a big issue and it will become a campaign issue as well."

Written by Gary Erwin
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