SEA/SEIU 1984 Asks Scott Brown to End Involvement with Company that Outsources American Jobs

The Nashua Telegraph recently published an article that outlines U.S. Senate hopeful, Scott Brown’s involvement with a company that has outsourced American jobs to seventeen different countries.

This is counter to his often mentioned campaign promise to create more high-paying jobs for workers in New Hampshire and America. You can read the article here.

In response to this news, SEA/SEIU 1984 joins the Teamsters and AFL-CIO to step down from the Board of Directors of Kadant, Inc.  The letter follows:

To Mr. Scott Brown:

Our organizations represent thousands of New Hampshire workers and their families.  We were deeply troubled to read about your lucrative position with a company that outsourced jobs to China and Mexico.   In New Hampshire, we value companies looking to create good jobs at good wages here, not those looking to increase their profits by killing American jobs and shifting production to low wages countries like Mexico or China. That is why we are asking you to step down from your position on the Board of Directors of Kadant, Inc.

As the Nashua Telegraph reported in the Sunday paper, you received over a quarter million dollars as a Director for Kadant, Inc.. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you signed your name to, the company proudly touts “using low cost manufacturing bases, such as China and Mexico,” instead of creating American jobs.

In tough times New Hampshire workers need a Senator who will advocate for them; someone they can trust.  We can’t trust someone who doesn’t support increasing the minimum wage, voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, and lines his own pockets with more than a quarter of a million dollars from a company that sends American jobs overseas.

From 2002 to 2012, New Hampshire lost a higher percentage of jobs to China than any other state in the country, according to the Economic Policy Institute.  Families here can’t afford a Senator who is personally profiting from corporate practices that hurt our economy.  Again and again, Mr. Brown, it seems that you are looking out for your self-interests ahead of the people of New Hampshire.

We believe you owe New Hampshire an explanation about your decision to profit from a company whose practices hurt American workers, and further that you should resign from the board of this company.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Diana Lacey
President, SEA NH/SEIU Local 1984
Mark MacKenzie
President, NH AFL-CIO

David Laughton

Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 633

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