Last week, Illinois lost 1,000 more union jobs and another manufacturing plant to a Right to Work state when workers split the decision to make contract concessions that would have kept Olin Corp's Alton plant in town. The Alton Telegraph reported last Wednesday:
Some union workers were making plans Wednesday to hit the bricks to look for new jobs after Olin Corp. announced it will move its Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford, Miss.
The company made the announcement one day after members of District 9 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers rejected a contract that would have frozen wages for seven years.
Mississippi welcomed Olin Corp, the company's CEO Joseph D. Rupp said:
He said Gov. Haley Barbour and the state of Mississippi offered incentives that will allow Winchester to build a "state-of-the-art" facility in Oxford near the existing facility. Olin moved its Rimfire Operation to Oxford in 2004.
Quinn and local officials also tried to keep Olin in Alton, but the union workers rejected no raises for the next seven years, opening the way for Olin to move to Mississippi.