Bob: "The way it was done was savage ... to these people who for the most part live check-to-check. They're not high-paying jobs to begin with. Five dollars to them is huge."
Wouldn't Tennessee leaders have to be gullible or lazy not to check to see that IQT's salaries were not high-paying and that the company was not as Governor Haslam claimed "high-quality." Or maybe leadership standards for Tennessee labor are simply low to begin with.
Moreover, in June Mayor Karl Dean's stood next to co-CEO Alex Mortman and declared that IQT would be a "vibrant boost" to the Downtown economy; that is the same Alex Mortman whom laid-off workers called a "criminal" and a "thief" in the Operation Maple interviews during the video below:
Former IQT employee: "Our freedom of speech that we have here in Canada shot down the contract that they were about to get in Nashville, TN, in Davidson County ... and that's because we didn't keep quiet."
Looks like Haslam and Dean missed the boat badly on this one. There were all kinds of outside forces that caused Karl Dean to stop pursuing the deal. What kind of jeopardy do Tennessee leaders put Tennessee workers in by not vetting companies they grease to move here?