Blacks Need Not Apply: Why Coggs, Taylor, Grigsby and others need you to march and stay uninformed!
Talgo Trains & Blatant Racism Charges are Kept Quiet By Wisconsin Black Representatives & Unions.
Monday about 200 people marched to support Talgo Train Manufactures staying in Wisconsin to make 2 trains for our state and possibly other states if given federal grant monies. With an impending lawsuit including allegations of blatant racism against all blacks and white men over 30, should we be so quick to support this company or get them out of our state post haste?
Firstly, what you need to know is that our Governor “Diamond” Jim Doyle, hired Talgo outright with no bidding process. Despite the glaring fact that we do have companies in this state that wanted to become the next manufacturer of Wisconsin’s newest endeavor in transportation, our state representatives went to Spain to pay absurd amounts of our money regardless of the needs of our workers and businesses in our state.
This endeavor would have helped Wisconsin employees as well as businesses to actively seek bids and contracts from not only Wisconsin, but many Midwestern states to complete their train systems, which in turn would have helped our state’s existing job market and made permanent jobs for temporary and unemployed Wisconsinites. When Talgo leaves, all Wisconsin will be left with is 55 permanent jobs and a lingering train upkeep bill we cannot afford.
Our governor with the aid of our blindly following legislature sold the state out to Talgo and their lobbyists. Spencer Coggs was in to the Talgo lobbyists for thousands of campaign bucks and he was all too happy to look the other way to sell out his own people for profit. So now we must ask who else got a little Christmas bonus from Talgo to keep black Milwaukee silent on Monday; Grigsby, Taylor, Young?
Secondly, Talgo has been accused of requiring Wisconsin applicants to submit pictures along with their resumes and for not hiring qualified blacks and white men over 30 years of age.
From the Blog Site Blogging Blue:
Edgar Enciso was the Human Resources Manager for Talgo. While Enciso was at Talgo, Inc.’s Seattle location for orientation, he uncovered discrimination against non-Spaniard employees by Spaniard management. As HR Manager, Enciso attempted to investigate and eliminate such practices, but George Hlebechuk, CFO, and Antonio Perez, CEO, blocked his efforts to enforce U.S. laws.
During Talgo’s hiring process in Milwaukee, Yolanda Juanas, Director of Human Resources at Patentes Talgo, Marta Alonso Perez, Juanas’ assistant, and Javier Palomo, the future Facility Manager in Milwaukee, demanded that Enciso discriminate against applicants based on their age and ethnicity/national origin. Palomo also asked Enciso to provide pictures of each applicant as a screening tool. Moreover, Talgo’s representatives were interviewing and hiring people for the Milwaukee location on tourist visas, in violation of U.S. immigration laws.
For opposing and refusing to violate U.S. anti-discrimination laws, Enciso was fired as HR Manager on June 15, 2010, the day before Juanas and Alonso Perez arrived in Wisconsin for a second round of interviews.
While there is more to the train story than time allows, we need to demand answers to these charges before one more dime is spent on Talgo and we need to sue them for any active racism practices that did occur in Milwaukee and other states.
While there are many other issues at stake here, the loss of farming jobs, the loss of road side businesses the impact on our air and quality of life in Wisconsin, the first and foremost issue should be to address the blatant racism and why are our black representatives are so willing to look the other way in this case. Politics does not always make good bed fellows!