Last Stop: Wausau, Wisconsin
Tonight, AAM will make its final stop on the 2010 "Keep it Made in America: Town Hall Tour in Wausau, Wisconsin. In addition to remarks by candidates and a panel of guests that will provide great insight into the state of American manufacturing today, tonight's event will feature a fish fry in classic Wisconsin style.
Candidates invited to speak at tonight's event include:
- Julie Lassa, a Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional WI District
- Chuck Eno, Republican candidate for the 85th State Assembly District
- Rob Taylor, Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate
- State Rep. Donna Seidel, Democrat from the 85th State Assembly District
- Wisconsin State Senator Russ Decker (D-29th District)
Guest panelists include:
- Andy Gussert, National Director of the Citizens Trade Campaign
- Phil Neuenfeldt, President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
- Mike Roemerman, Human Resources Director for New Page Corporation
- Dr. Gerry Ring, Professor and Chair of the Paper Science and Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Like the other states we have visited on the tour, Wisconsin's manufacturing sector has been hit hard by the recession in addition to other factors such as unfair trade with China.
Here are some staggering statistics about job loss in Wisconsin:
- Between 2001 and 2008, Wisconsin lost 101,200 manufacturing jobs.
- Since the recession began in 2008, the state has lost 13% of its manufacturing jobs.
- Between 2001 and 2008, Wisconsin lost 52,200 jobs due to trade with China alone, that's 1.83% share of employment.
It's not too late to RSVP and we hope to see you tonight!
Not able to make it to our last event? You can view a livestream of the town hall here.
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