Greg Marrow | Tyco closing represents a wakeup call
Sadly, more of our friends and neighbors will be laid off from work with the closing of the Tyco plant in Mount Sydney.
Our communities have seen far too many of our manufacturing jobs lost, and employers moving or closing their doors. Unfortunately, far too little has been done at the General Assembly level to alleviate the economic burden placed on employees and their families, or to promote new business growth and job creation.
In fact, quite to the contrary of growing the local economy, our current delegate, Steve Landes, would not support the building of a Toyota plant in the district a few years ago, nor did he support a bill that was introduced in the last session that could have potentially brought hundreds of high paying, green-collar jobs to the area.
I have long been a strong proponent of the growing multi-billion dollar, green collar industry that is sweeping across the rest of the country, and I have been campaigning strongly on bringing these jobs to our communities. If I am elected as your representative to the 25th, I will not stand idly by when there are opportunities for economic prosperity and new jobs. Nor will I abandon our friends and neighbors in their time of need.
As a forward thinker, and in anticipation of closures like the Tyco plant, I would have supported the $125 million of free unemployment benefits that the “Recovery Act” wanted to give the State of Virginia. Sadly, Del. Steve Landes voted against this assistance as well. Personally I believe that Virginians deserve better.
My thoughts and prayers are with the employees and families of Tyco as they struggle through these trying times.
Greg Marrow is the Democratic Party nominee for the 25th District House of Delegates seat.