Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dell Computers locks up again

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Dell Computers announced it will lay off all 905 workers as it closes its Winston-Salem plant over the next few months. More than 600 will lose their jobs in the next month alone. Dell will forgo most of the almost $280 million in state and local incentives that were waved in front of the company to get it to come to North Carolina. The company says the reason for closing its W-S plant is a steep decline in desktop computers. As Progressive Pulse points out, the state incentives were largely based on sales projections, showing again how N.C.'s incentives program is out of whack. As they put it, “Out of respect for these workers and their families and to prevent this from happening again in the future, the state should seriously consider enacting major reforms to its business subsidy programs.” They have specific proposals on how to change the economic model for subsidizing jobs, as well as increasing wage standards, and targeting jobs to distressed areas — which at this point, is most of the state. Read all about their ideas here.

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