On August 18th, UNITE HERE Local 1 hosted a gathering of labor, community and political leaders at the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago for the Chicago premiere of Show us the Tax Breaks. This short film tells the story of how the Pritzker Family’s Union Tank Car company gathered millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs in Northwest Indiana.
As the film demonstrates, Union Tank Car’s actions serve as a sharp example of the problems that arise when companies are able to collect economic development subsidies without creating any new jobs. The film points to a deepening crisis for companies owned by the Pritzker Family, whose collective wealth is estimated to exceed $15 billion and who have become an emblematic obstacle to our nation’s recovery.
Kelly Hounshell, who had worked at Union Tank Car’s East Chicago plant for 22 years as a head burner before the plant closed, said that "I don’t want to see more companies taking advantage of their workers and their communities like Union Tank Car did to us."