Savannah, July 6th 2012 – Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District Lesli Messinger attended the Bring Jobs Home Action today, sponsored by the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council and Jobs For Georgians.
The event took place this morning at the corner of President St. and Kerr-McGee road in Savannah, where the Aire Liquide plant had been sited before the company, and Tronox, lost over 700 high-paying manufacturing jobs alongside over 200 direct maintenance jobs cut and ported overseas. Messinger was there, like the group, to support Congressional approval of the Bring Jobs Home Act immediately after the 4th of July recess.
The bill closes tax loopholes for companies that send jobs overseas, and provides tax incentives to companies that bring jobs back to America. Messinger, on winning the July 31st primary, will run for Congress against incumbent 1st District Rep. Jack Kingston, who has already completed 10 terms in the U.S. House, where his voting record did not protect jobs, but has voted to defend corporations’ right to consistently export jobs.
“I am very pleased to see the show of support the Bring Jobs Home Action of the Central Labor Council and Jobs For Georgians,” Messinger told the group. “It is fundamental to our country’s economic recovery that we stop the practice of porting thousands of jobs yearly to Third World nations that lack labor laws, and exploit cheap labor at the expense of American workers.”
Messinger, originally from Ohio, where her family was active in the United Iron Workers and the Teamsters unions, is running on a platform that emphasizes economic recovery. She plans to work to expand jobs and economic opportunity in the 1st District through legislation like the Bring Jobs Home Act and will be a strong advocate for bringing foreign industries to the 1st District, to leverage proximity to the Port of Savannah, the high quality labor force that is here, and the access to U.S. markets Southeast Georgia provides.
“We need to emphasize getting industries here, not exporting American jobs,” Messinger said. Citing ways in which local Economic Development Authorities are forming partnerships with global businesses throughout Georgia, she said the presence of the port, and the high quality workforce development programs in the region were advantages that will attract foreign investment here, instead of siphoning business out of the District.
Messinger expressed her support for the General Labor Council’s mission to promote high quality jobs in the area, and said her voice will join union members, retirees, family, friends, veterans, students and all who are out of work in the 1st District to send Congress a clear, strong message that America wants to work!