Skip to comments.RIM (Blackberry) just closed plant in Irving, TX due to election.
Posted on 11/07/2012 3:14:50 PM PST by publana
My friend who works at RIM in Irving, TX just called to tell me he, and 3000 others, were just laid off. The plant is closing. He says another employee told him it was because of the election.
It's a sad day for this man as he was already extremely depressed that Romney lost. Now to lose his job?
They closed down a plant with 3000 employees the day after the election? hmmm, sounds like there might be a bit more to do with this than just obama winning (although I am sure that did not help)
oh wow, feel bad for him and the others.
My husband works at a coal fired plant. We are waiting on the decision if it’s staying open or not. obama voters are so stupid. Pretty soon there won’t be anyone working to pay for their obama stash. What do they think is gonna happen then?
And thanks to those who voted for the Jack Wagon. I wonder how many of those 3k employees did. I only have sympathy for the ones that voted against the commie.
We are going to see this repeated all over the country. And Bush will still get the blame and the idiots will buy it.
These layoffs were reported in August so your friend should not be surpised.
Bam will give ‘em a bailout, he’s a BB kinda of guy.
Bush DOES live in Texas...just sayin...
Why would you say that? Why would the re-election of a man who abhors the free market not be reason enough to pull the plug on a business. Hell, I pulled the plug on mine after his FIRST election.
Many on FR loved this account of it in fact, from Dec 08.
According to my friend, they had no clue at his plant. They were told layoffs would be “elsewhere”.
Yeah, a decision like that isn't made overnight and implemented the next day. RIM is in serious trouble; they stuck with an outmoded product for too long and are retrenching.
my friend just closed his small business in Ferndale, michigan, as of 12/31/12...it was hanging by a thread. He is done, all due to the election.
Obama and MSM (including Faux) laughs.
Where is else where? Blue or red state. Could be that with Obama winning they thought those in the Blue states would fair better. Also when are the doors closing? Most of the time you don’t just shut the doors on a plant that size.
I’m self employed and was told earlier today that I may be receiving less work from a large client due to Obama being re-elected. I can’t think of any one person that has one more to damage the economy than 0. when those people that elected him can’t find any jobs and are turned away from public assistance programs because there’s not enough tax dollars in the coffers because the middle class was practically eliminated I am going to have the biggest belly laugh you’ve ever seen. They will reap what they sowed and it’s going to the best vengeance because they did it to themselves... : )
Their new model is supposed to be based upon the Android. It was supposedly downright “snazzy”. As he works on all models, including 10, he is shocked.
Probably laid off and plant closed because they can’t afford the forced 0bamacare. This isn’t even connected to sequestration. We will have a full fledged DEPRESSION before Christmas if sequestration isn’t halted.
Doors closing tomorrow. He didn’t say where “elsewhere” was and I didn’t think to ask. I am assuming wherever they don’t work on Blackberry 10.
He said plant is closing doors tomorrow. Passed out pink slips to everybody right before the end of work today.
Obamacare now being the law of the land forever, there will be many job cuts coming.
At least this thread is a factual bit of first-hand news and not a vanity about garment ripping or one of the two other thread types we have had all day.
Garment Ripper — End of America (Who doesn’t see that?)
Talking Head Why I was Wrong or What THIS Means
Great New Idea of How the Day After Defeat The House can Rule the World in Washington if they Just Do __________
Have faith, but get prepared. I work in the coal fired power industry. Not sure where you are, but it will be tough. Sooner or later, this will come to a head, I am just afraid that so many people (and their critical skills and expertise) will move on before we get our senses back.
I would appear so. They were all counting on the new Blackberry being the next corporate phone.
After the posts here, I can’t help but feel he must have had some inkling, but I talk to him at least weekly. He never mentioned any threat to his job at all and was devastated when I talked to him. He said that all the employees were shocked and didn’t know.
He heart goes out to you and your husband. These are now very desperate times.
RIM closed its plant most likely because it was a poorly run company that is not competing against others. Survival of the fittest, folks. If you can’t compete, you will go out. Blaming Obama for the market’s Invisible Hand is not going to be logical. Likely that the plant would have closed regardless of who won. Who buys blackberry these days?
Do you have a source besides your friend to back of this story?
A lot of people are being laid off in preparation for the cost of “free” health care taxes.
The Rim Blackberries are a fading technology...underpowered and the software is outdated. The new smart phones with the multicore processors are blowing them away!
No, just my friend. I assume it will be on the local news tomorrow night.
Rim has been going down the crapper for the past year, hate to tell you this but Obama had nothing to do with this one. You can blame Apple and Google who have been destroying them for the past couple of years.
This indicates that the leaders of RIM adore Obama and hid this reduction in for e until after the election on purpose.
Qualitative Easing Number 1004. Rev up those printing presses.
I think Blackberry can come back -- the name is still valuable. Development will continue. In Canada.
Thanks for the link, that was very interesting. I admire how you took a stand for you beliefs, how has it been working out for you since then?
My wife grew up in Ferndale. Sorry to hear about you friend's business.
Is it the whole plant or is this info correct?
I have the same situation as you. On top of that, at 8am this morning I received an email from a young liberal friend of mine who asked me if I could hire her. Apparently, she just got a lay off notice from Caterpillar here in Denver. I took the delicious time to explain her upcoming reality.
Thanks for asking. It was actually good for a couple of years - then it’s been tougher the last two. I don’t regret the decision though, and I suspect thousands of not millions more will be joining me soon.
either raise their and/or their employees benefit costs to cover all the mandates, or pay the fines instead, or just cancel all the health plan and send the employees into the government subsidized plan
so be a shnook and raise the employees costs, or be a shnook and throw them onto the government
or get out of the human resources rat race under Obamaccare altogether
I am curious because I have two family members who each own their businesses and wonder how the near future will affect them and if they may decide it's time to pack it in. Thanks for sharing your story.
RIM was already circling the drain, nothing to do with Obama.
I am personally familiar with a 5000 user organization that is in the process of dropping them.
My wife grew up in Ferndale.
Off topic, but that jogged my old memories.
Wasn’t there a late night TV show of that name with a host that had a blond mustache and a sidekick who later became the guy that frequently appeared on Leno as a martini slurping drunk?
I think that was Fernwood Tonight and it starred Martin Mull and Fred Willard, I LOVED that show.
Blackberry? They still make those?
I’m guessing that they closed because blackberry’s experienced a drop in marketshare as a result of the dominance of the iphone AND growth of the android market.
However, closing the day after the election is brilliant marketing. Cheers
Good luck and God bless. The real tragedy are the people behind all these numbers...unemmployment, bank ruptcy , etc....
lol.... Thanks for the correction, and the two names I just couldn’t think of last night! That was a pretty funny show.
RIM was in trouble anyway, but I can see the election results being the final straw for any work here in the States (RIM is Candadian).
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