MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Kline is calling on the U.S. Labor Department to help Lockheed Martin Corp. employees in Eagan who face the loss of their jobs or having to move.

Kline says Lockheed’s plans to close the plant threaten the economic well-being of workers and their families. He sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking that the department’s resources be made available to help those workers.

Lockheed said last week it plans to close the Eagan plant by 2013, eliminating or moving about 1,000 jobs.

The Maryland-based defense contractor makes components for the Navy’s P-3 Orion anti-submarine plane at the plant.

Kline is the ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee and is in line to chair the committee when the 112th Congress convenes.

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Comments (3)
  1. Joe Peters says:

    Funny, I don’t recall the good and honorable Senator worrying about anyone else when they lost their jobs. And does he propose using taxpayer money besides unemployment compensation to help these people? Are they a class unto themselves entitled to special treatment? Senator Kline, will you please comment on why this group of people should be treated any differently than anyone else that suddenly finds themselves unemployed.

  2. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    @Joe Peters, Well said Sir. We are spending way to much money on these bailouts. Let the market work, this Socialist approach does nothing but put the financial burden on the backs of us, the tax payer.

  3. john swanson says:

    Typical politics, the patent has a cold,( Business is failing because of unfriendly business environment). So, let’s just take an pill and send him to bed.

    Wake up in the morning to find the patient on his death bed, now call 911, off to the emergency ward, ooopps to late he’s gone. (They’ve moved to another state S.D.)

    Will anyone donate to the funeral costs? Will anyone pay to help the dependents?

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