It was expected. It only makes sense. When a state is hostile to a business, the business will likely leave for more a more friendly neighborhood. Remington had very little choice.
On Monday, the gun-maker announced the layoffs of 105 people from the Ilion, NY plant. For nearly 200 years, Remington employed the families of Ilion. Now, they're reducing their workforce in NY and expanding in Alabama.
Governor Cuomo tried to break any connection New Yorkers might see between the job losses and his SAFE Act, speaking briefly on the matter at the NY State Fair. "They are consolidating operations from all across the country," the Governor stated. "It's not about politics."
We're expected to accept it all as an amazing coincidence. On January
15, 2013, the Governor's gun control bill was rushed through the
Legislature and immediately signed into law. Just Thirteen months later,
on February 17, 2014, Remington announced its move to Huntsville, Alabama, where they would add 2,000 jobs. Now the layoffs in NY begin.
Union president Fran Madore, with UMWA Local 717 comeneted, "The SAFE Act definitely took a toll. There is no reason for us to lose jobs to Alabama."More on the SAFE ACT: