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Whirlpool Bosses Practice Racism
Source Freddie Pinkney
Date 09/12/24/17:33

Friday, December 18, 2009

Part 1 of the letter below can be found by scrolling down to December 15, 2009. On that same morning (Dec. 15, 2009) before part 1 was posted, Ms. Boyd was terminated from her Whirlpool job. She went to work and was told she no longer had a job. Whirlpool apparently doesn't even give employees the standard two week notice.

In Whirlpool offices, at least in Berrien County, Mich. and in Texas, the following ethics policy is not only ignored, but the exact opposite of it's intent is what employees experience: racism, bullying, and intimidation.

"Our aim is for Whirlpool Corporation and its worldwide sudsidiaries to be known, trusted, and respected as one of the top enterprises in the world. To do that requires strong financial and ethical performance. Whirlpool's Code of Ethics requires each of us to act responsibly and maintain the highest levels of personal business and legal conduct. That means walking away from a business agreement rather than violating the law or compromising our standards. It also means showing respect for those lives we affect and treat them as we want them to treat us whether that person is a supervisor, colleague, or subordinate."

--Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer

CEO Jeff M. Fettig and supervisor Tedderic are both in violation of the Whirlpool ethics policy as stated above.

Part 2 of a letter given to Ms. Boyd by her male supervisor, Mr. Tedderic:

You know you are from Benton Harbor when after you wear something new you won't wear it for at least another 2 months. When you miss 1st hours cuz you were at IHOP. When you ate wing dings and cheese fries at lunch. When you thought Reality Check's prices were so high but still bought the stuff anyway. When you know who Willie Joe is or have talked to him and you have seem him on every corner drinking a 2 liter of beer. When you wear the birthday ribbon even though it ain't your birthday so you can get lunch. When you always trying to sell something. When you remember Rome coming to your school once a month. When you can't wait to get out of Benton Harbor, but come back to every event. When you were either part of or hated on one of the many groups, SwaveGirls, Monroe Boys, Mama's Girls and Boys, Sallies, 30's, Spiffy, etc. When people send you messages on my space about old Benton Harbor drama. When you still consider yourself to be part of the clique. When you either know, know of, or are related to everyone in your age range. When your father has at least 10 kids and only takes care of 5. When every woman in town worth dating has dated your friend, relative, is a relative of yours, or you have been there, and done that! When you think Fatsola is the best rapper in the world. When or if you can go to Donnie Page's porch and get your hair cut, smoke some weed, and watch niggas sell dope across the street all at the same time. When you are still talking about how many points you scored when you were on Sterne Brunson, West, Calvin Britain, etc. When you think DNR really stands for Duck N Run. When you ride around IHOP 30 times after the bars close. When you were there when Sinbad first put the black top down behind the rec and you remember the dunk contest that day. When you remember the klicknik or parties at the Captains Table. When you snuck in the YMCA to hoop on saturdays cause you knew everybody was gonna be there but you did not have any money.
This what the supervisor of Whirlpool is thinking and calling the black
residents of Benton Harbor.
sunday at 5pm Rev Pinkney on blogtalkradio.

These two communities are adjacent to opposite sides of the same river;
the stark numbers tell a story and the story includes the grinding
poverty, the systematic dehumanization most often associated with the
world's most disgusting institution, Chattel Slavery as was legalized and practiced for hundreds of years in the Americas.

How is this happening here in our United States, the onetime beacon of
freedom and liberty to a weary world?

Ask Rev. Pinkney this question -- a man who has waged a David and
Goliath struggle against the giant Whirlpool for years here in Benton
Harbor--and you will hear a tale of-out-of-control law officers and the
senseless killing of a young black man, ensuing riots and the beginning
of an intense monitoring of courtroom proceedings at the Berrien County

Pinkney and his loyal band, BANCO among them, also picketed the local
papers (including The Herald Palladium owned by a wealthy Paxton, KY
family) demanding that they supply objective news reporting and coverage
of those involved in these racist and corrupt proceedings.

BANCO and Pinkney were successful in obtaining the recall of a corrupt
city commissioner named Glen Yarbrough who was in the pay of Whirlpool.
This recall was overturned by the power elite and they attempted
retribution against Pinkney in the form of charges of election fraud and
vote tampering, saying that Pinkney paid for votes and had absentee
ballots in his pocket, both of which charges were completely unfounded.

The first trial, with a jury which included two blacks, resulted in a
hung jury. A new trial was ordered and the residents of Benton Harbor
came out in support of Pinkney both inside the courthouse and in the
surrounding parking area.

The residents of Benton Harbor are united in their opposition to the
usurpation of their community by Whirlpool and they are demanding a full
investigation into this affair by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

By attacking and criminalizing Rev. Pinkney--who has done nothing but
demand fair court proceedings and truthful news coverage for his
community--the power elite hope to stop any further initiatives among
the oppressed community to stand up to racism, economic exploitation and
the passing of public land and funds into corporate hands.

We can't wait for others to defend us. Corporate fascism and racism MUST
STOP. Will our communities and loved ones be the next in line for
corporate take over?

Your support is urgently needed both in Rev. Pinkney's heroic struggle
for justice and fair courtroom proceedings and the ongoing battle to
stop the corporate takeover of public land and community assets.

We must all demand the resignation of corrupt Judge Alfred Butzbaugh and
his dishonest prosecutor Gerald Vigansky.

All individuals and organizations are urged to immediately sign up,
write letters, etc., in favor of clemency. We already have hundreds and
hundreds of letters that we obtained for sentencing. We need updated
letters. Benton Harbor and Pinkney need many letters (5000 would be
fantastic) sent to:

Hugh Davis Constitutional litigation
450 West Fort St.
Detroit, MI 48226

Gov. Granholm has the ability to pardon Pinkney or commute his sentence.

Governor Jennifer Granholm
P. O. BOX 30013
517-335-7858 (correct)

to email the gov:
(click Contact Gov., then click Share Your Opinion)

Legal Fee Donations (non-profit so it's tax-deductible):
1940 Union St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Herald Palladium Newspaper (letters to the editor)
P.O. Box 128
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085

Whirlpool Corp. (World Headquarters and N. America Region)
2000 N. M-63
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022-2692

Support Rev. Pinkney and Sign Petition:

Boycott Whirlpool and it's subsidiaries: Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air,
Amana, Gladiator, GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Roper, Magic Chef, Acros,
Supermatic. ABROAD - Bauknecht, Brastemp, Consul, Eslabon de Lujo.

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