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Mary Burke: Wisconsin Jobs Outsourcer Extraordinaire

“Mary Burke’s record as Wisconsin jobs outsourcer extraordinaire speaks for itself. Mary can dance around and talk about jobs all she wants, but Wisconsinites won’t be fooled.” – Gail Gitcho, Communications Director

Mary’s Family Business Is In The News Again For Reportedly Outsourcing Jobs From Wisconsin To China

“Trek — A Company Founded By Burke’s Father And A Place She Worked For Nine Years — Is Fighting A Petition Filed By A State Official Saying The Firm Outsourced Some 15 To 20 Jobs From Its Waterloo Plant To China Earlier This Year.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

  • “In August, Lynda Paasch, a staffer with the state Department of Workforce Development, submitted a petition for special federal aid for the former Trek workers through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program in the U.S. Department of Labor.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)
  • “The program provides such benefits as government subsidies for job retraining and relocation expenses for people who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition or outsourcing.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)
  • “Paasch wrote that most Trek employees working second and third shift making composite lugs and mountain bike frames were laid off March 16. These are the only layoffs the company has had this year.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

Trek Previously Sent Jobs Overseas – While Mary Was With The Company

“This Isn’t Trek’s First Involvement With The Federal Program For Outsourced Jobs.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

Trek Outsourced “Assembly Work To China.” “Trek said it wanted to consolidate painting operations in Waterloo, boost the number of high-end bicycles made in Waterloo and transfer some bicycle assembly work to China.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

“The Investigation Was Initiated On March 12, 2004, In Response To A Petition Filed By A Company Official On Behalf Of Workers At Trek Bicycle Corporation, Whitewater, Wisconsin.”  (Linda G. Poole, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance, “TAA Decision 54497,” U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Division, 4/6/04)

“The Investigation Revealed That Production And Employment At The Subject Firm Declined From 2002 To 2003.”  (Linda G. Poole, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance, “TAA Decision 54497,” U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Division, 4/6/04)

“The Investigation Further Revealed An Increase In Company Imports Of Bicycles During The Relevant Period.”  (Linda G. Poole, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance, “TAA Decision 54497,” U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Division, 4/6/04)

“A Federal Official Granted Federal Retraining Funds To The Unemployed Trek Workers After An Investigation.”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

  • “The company’s increased reliance on imported parts and bicycles, the official said, ‘contributed importantly to the total or partial separation of workers and to the decline in sales or production at that firm or subdivision.’”  (Daniel Bice, “Firm Tied To Burke Fights Charge Of Outsourcing Jobs,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/13)

Mary Burke, “Treks Director Of Forecasting An Planning,” Was With Trek Throughout The Outsourcing Of Jobs To China And During The Investigation, Leaving In June 2004. “Mary Burke, Trek’s director of forecasting and planning, must have known that she would one day leave the family company. . .”  (Lou Mazzante, Kids Club Clubs: Mary Burke Has Left Trek Family,” Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, 6/15/04)

“Burke Stayed At Trek Through May [2004] To Help Train Her Replacement Roger Gierhart. . .”  (Lou Mazzante, Kids Club Clubs: Mary Burke Has Left Trek Family,” Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, 6/15/04

Mary’s History Of Outsourcing Wisconsin Jobs Is An Issue For Would Be Supporters

The Progressive Notes Big Labor Not A Fan Of Mary’s Outsourcing Of Jobs Overseas. “Union leaders don’t like the fact that Trek has no union employees, and that Burke oversaw the company’s operations in seven countries overseas—as opposed to making sure jobs stayed at home in Wisconsin.”  (Ruth Conniff, “Met Scott Walkers Challenger, Mary Burke,” The Progressive, 10/7/13)

WEKZ Liberal Talk Radio Host John “Sly” Sylvester:‘I’m Supposed To Trust Some Woman Who Outsourced Jobs To China Making Trek Bicycles,’ He Said, Referring To The Fact That Many Trek Bikes Are Manufactured Abroad.”  (Jack Craver, “Mary Burke Faces Criticism From Wisconsin Democrats,” The Capital Times, 9/17/13)


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