As is so often the case reality is a bit more complicated than originally portrayed. The GM contract ended in December 2008.
Obama did promise to keep the plant open. Was that a lie?????
The plant closed in April/May 2009, you want to watch a video from the local News Channel? It's on Breitbart, and everyone is laughing. Maybe Big Union Ed can call into question lying eyes?
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[color=blue][Here's a transcript of Obama's speech given on February 13, 2008. He said he wanted the plant to thrive right where it was and thought it could be re-tooled but I don't see anything like a promise from him to keep it open.
On February 13, 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama stated, "This can be America’s future. I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your Governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made – how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out. And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive right here in the United States of America; right here in Wisconsin; and that’s the future I’ll fight for as your President."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janesville_GM_Assembly_PlantAlso from the same article an explanation of the continuing production at the plant after the December 2008 main, and for all intents and purposes plant closing. I don't think this is a very complicated story and didn't take long to dig through so I think the news reports complaining about Ryan's speech's inaccuracies could have been explained more accurately. Exectpt for the 57 employees left to work a few more months the plant was effectively closed. I do agree with the complaints re him saying Obama Promised to keep the plant open though.
In October 2008, GM announced Janesville Assembly would be largely idled December 23, 2008 when production of SUVs would end. On December 23, workers gathered at a ceremony to take photos with a banner reading "Last Vehicle off the Janesville Assembly Line". The last vehicle was sold in a raffle benefiting the United Way.
57 production employees continued assembly work at the Janesville Assembly until April 2009, completing the GM/Isuzu light truck partnership and then an additional 40 to 50 "skilled trade employees" worked to decommission the plant.This is part of an article from politifact. Their information matches up with that from wikipedia. 7,000 people worked there in 1978!
In 1918, General Motors bought a farm implement manufacturing plant in Janesville, a city of 60,000 near the Illinois border. Production of Chevrolets began there in 1923. Employment peaked at 7,100 in 1978, but a series of five layoffs occurred over the next 30 years.
By December 2008, when President George W. Bush authorized nearly $14 billion in loans to General Motors and Chrysler, both of which were near financial collapse, GM had already warned it might close the Janesville plant because of sagging sport-utility vehicle sales. The plant was effectively shut down on Dec. 23, 2008, when GM ceased production of SUVs there and laid off 1,200 workers. (Several dozen workers stayed on another four months to finish an order of small- to medium-duty trucks for Isuzu Motors.)
So, the plant closed while Bush was still in office, about a month before Obama was inaugurated.