Winston-Salem leaders cry foul over Dell layoffs; plant heavily subsidized by taxpayers

Winston-Salem JournalApril 4, 2009 

Stung by another round of layoffs at the heavily subsidized Dell plant, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines today called for Dell to provide detailed information about employment at its computer assembly plant in Forsyth County.

Dell laid off more workers at the plant on Thursday, but would not confirm a number. The city's financial incentives to Dell are predicated on the plant employing a least 1,700 people at an average yearly pay of $28,000 by October 2010. The company has confirmed layoffs at the plant but has not provided current employment figures.

"I, and the City Council, are increasingly concerned by the company's withholding of employment information related to incentive requirements," Joines said. "The people of Winston-Salem have invested in this company and deserve more forthcoming communication."

Donna Oldham, a spokeswoman for Dell, said that Thursday's cuts were part of a larger "global work-force reduction." Last month, Dell cut about 150 full-time jobs at the plant.

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