In a time of deep economic recession it would only be responsible for our elected officials to do everything in their power to preserve American jobs. Combined, the U.S. Treasury and the U.A.W. own 77.5% of General Motors (60% and 17.5%, respectively), who’s corporate leadership failed to complete a deal with the Chinese under bizarre circumstances (they claim they never even saw an application) and yesterday sources familiar with the matter told us that a viable bidder was turned down in favor of shuttering the brand completely. So today, we’re asking you to write your elected officials and demand a review the possibility of selling HUMMER, which would in turn save an estimated 3,000 American jobs.
The few people within GM who have been fighting to save HUMMER have been reassigned to other positions, and others, like CEO Jim Taylor have ‘retired’ – which means when HUMMER was out, so were they. Jim Taylor was undoubtedly pulling for a successful completion of the HUMMER deal, but must have been overruled by those in higher power.
Maybe GM didn’t want another company to make HUMMER successful and show them and the world how to run a brand properly. Maybe GM didn’t want another competitor in the marketplace. There are a lot of maybes, but the cloud of secrecy around the discussions and decision to close HUMMER for good are unacceptable for a company that has the American taxpayers to thank for staying in business.
I’m not personally a fan of the bailouts, but we’re passed that, and I’m not asking for a bailout of HUMMER – just a fair shake and transparent negotiations. People inside GM are saying the decision doesn’t make sense but aren’t in a position to make a difference at this point.
That’s where you come in. Contact your elected officials and U.A.W. leaders now. It can be your Senator, your House representative, or even President Obama (keep it respectful…), or even better all three – and urge them to find out what happened and stress the importance of saving HUMMER.
Here is an example letter, feel free to use it:
Dear Elected Official,
I was very disappointed to hear that General Motors plans to shut down the HUMMER brand despite having viable offers from American companies that would help preserve 3,000 American Jobs.
I urge you to contact the U.S. Treasury and demand an independent investigation into the possibility of keeping the HUMMER brand alive by selling the company to an outside entity within the United States.
3,000 jobs are at stake this week, many have already been lost in the last few days. Please take action immediately so even more aren’t lost for good.
Don’t wait, act now! If only the 20 or so people who make comments on the posts write, we won’t get anywhere. If the 2000 people that read the homepage daily act, we will!
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