Congressman Tim Ryan Delivers House Floor Speech on Recent Youngstown Lay Offs
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) delivered a House Floor speech today on the abrupt closure of Youngstown’s Falcon Transport, which resulted in over 500 employees being laid off this past weekend. Ryan criticized President Trump for breaking his promise to American workers and passing a flawed tax bill that disadvantaged American families. According to Jayson Calhoun, director of operations at Falcon Transport, the closure was largely a result of General Motor’s closure of their Lordstown, Ohio plant.
Youngstown's Falcon Trucking was founded in 1903 and was locally owned and operated until its sale in 2017 to CounterPoint Capital Partners – a venture capital and private equity firm based in Los Angeles, California. Falcon Trucking was a service provider for General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.
Floor Speech transcript:
Mr. Speaker, the workers of the United States of America are tired of being pawns in this big corporatists game. President Trump came to my community and said, “Don’t sell your house. Don’t sell your house. We’re going to get these house costs back up, prices back up.” Since that time, we lost the second shift at our General Motors plant, and General Motors on that same day that the workers were walking out announced they’re building a new factory in Mexico. President Trump said “Don’t sell your house.” A few months later, General Motors lays off the first shift. They tell the workers two days after Thanksgiving. And just a couple of days ago, a trucking company, Falcon Transport, just outside of Youngstown, Ohio, their workers get a text message, 600 workers get a text message, at 8:00 on a Saturday night, “You lost your job.” We got bailout money for every bank that wants one, every savings and loan. Every corporation gets a tax cut to the tune of $2.3 trillion, and no one gives a damn about the workers. If we could bail out the corporations that have done everything wrong, we can start helping the workers who have done everything right. I yield back the balance of my time.