Labor honcho Curt Wilson is bum rapping former Kenosha Mayor Pat Moran for not suing Chryster Corporation when it ended auto production in Kenosha in 1988.
The truth is that there was no basis for such a lawsuit. The truth is that Chrysler, while damaging the city's economy, still maintained engine production here and paid millions to retrain workers and make other civil improvements.
Chrysler's decision to end auto production here may in hindsight have been boneheaded but so, too, would have been a lawsuit of dubious merit that would have tied up scarce city resources and finances that were appropriately used to attempt to move the city forward at a time when the economy was on life support. It also would have created false hopes rather than delivering the harsh reality check that shifting gears was the only way the community could survive.
And survive it did.
While Pat Moran's "new direction" seems to be backward and his supporters include friends of special interests, such as Aldermen Steve Casey and Jesse Downing, he made the right call on this one and the slam against him was uncalled for.
Curt Wilson needs to understand you're either part of the problem or part of the solution. His view certainly isn't the latter.