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Metro Council resolution supports 1300 Swift jobs for Louisville’s economy

Thursday December 3, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

By a vote of 23 to 2, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a resolution in support of the JB Swift Company and its 1300 jobs and operations in Butchertown.

“It is important to send a message that Louisville Metro supports the company and wants to protect the 1300 jobs at Swift’s operation in Butchertown,” said Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) a sponsor of the resolution. “We need to let Swift know their investment here is important to our economic vitality.”

The resolution acknowledges not only the jobs but the $40 million generated in salaries and wages which creates occupational taxes for Metro Government. Losing those jobs would be a financial hardship for the budget in tight economic times.

“Both Swift and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 227 have an excellent working relationship,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “These are good jobs and we want to ensure that they stay right here.”

“We have stood on the sidelines for too long- It is time for this government to show support for one of our long-term local companies,” said Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16).

The resolution applauds efforts by Swift and the Union to continue to improve its Butchertown facility and make it compatible with urban living in the 21st Century by reducing odor, noise and traffic.

“It is vital that the Metro Council do everything possible to help protect these jobs, and send a message to the JB Swift Company that they are a welcome member of our business community,” said Councilman Robin Engel (R-22).

The Metro Council encourages Swift to stay, grow and thrive in Butchertown for years to come. It encourages the plant and the union to continue efforts in working with neighbors to make the area a balance between the past and the present.

“No one should see this resolution as the Metro Council taking sides in a very complex issue,” said Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26). “Everyone has a stake in the success of Swift and keeping these jobs here.”

The resolution is on its way to the Mayor for his signature.

Sponsors:
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Robin Engel (R) 22
Brent Ackerson (D) 26