Prisoners Taking Americans Jobs


A second Kentucky factory is facing the loss of their business to prisoners! Obama wants everything to be fair so how is this fair? A prison is bidding on a military contract that will destroy one T-shirt factory in Kentucky.

Prisoners who get paid .23 cents an hour provide unfair competition. The savings to the government that allegedly wants to create jobs will be minuscule compared to the lost jobs.

This has happened before and it calls out for a law to stop the practice before it become commonplace. Since the government likes regulations and laws so much, why don’t they pass one to stop this?

Prisoners can go work at jobs that will not affect U.S. factory workers. Since Obama likes no-bid contracts when they apply to giving away U.S. business to foreign entities, let’s see no bids allowed by prisons who are taking jobs from Americans.

…Campbellsville Apparel Co. President Chris Reynolds said he fears Federal Prison Industries, which pays inmates 23 cents to $1.15 an hour, will take the contract his company has held for the past decade.

“It’s just not fair competition,” said Reynolds, whose employees receive average wages of $11.90 an hour, plus health, dental and vision insurance, and a 401k plan. “I’m not worried about competing against anyone else in the market on a fair playing field, but I can’t compete against the labor rates they pay in the federal prison.”

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell called Thursday for Federal Prison Industries not to seek the contract. He had made a similar appeal last week on behalf of an Olive Hill company that makes Air Force windbreakers. Federal Prison Industries relented afterward.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross cited concerns about the “potential adverse impact” on the small northeastern Kentucky city of Olive Hill if Federal Prison Industries won that contract. Ross had no immediate comment on whether Federal Prison Industries would vie for the Campbellsville plant’s contract.

“Once again the Federal Prison Industries is threatening to take jobs away from hard-working Kentuckians and give them to prisoners,” McConnell said in a statement. “The workers at Campbellsville Apparel have been making clothing for our armed forces for years and now their jobs are in jeopardy. With Kentucky’s unemployment still above 9 percent, now is not the time for this administration to start looking for ways to pay convicts to take law abiding, taxpaying Kentuckians’ jobs.”…Read here: CBS News