Economy, Jobs That Pay, Round-Up, The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf joined MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and others to announce that Majestic’s Easton plant would continue to manufacture apparel for Major League Baseball by Fanatics and Under Armor. Earlier on Tuesday, VF Corporation had announced that it was selling Majestic to Fanatics. In November 2016, Governor Wolf wrote to Commissioner Manfred to pitch the request that MLB keep manufacturing in Pennsylvania.“For more than a decade, if you watched a MLB game anywhere in the country, apparel made in Pennsylvania was proudly on display, and today’s announcement affirms that the proud tradition of making MLB apparel will continue in the Lehigh Valley,” Governor Wolf said. “The continued use of the Majestic facility is important news for the commonwealth, the region and the talented employees who are true baseball fans with a genuine pride in what they do. I want to thank everyone involved for working so hard to preserve this storied tradition in the Lehigh Valley that contributes to the treasure of our national pastime.”Take a look at the coverage below: Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Governor Wolf Announces Continued Use of Easton Plant for MLB Manufacturing (Round-Up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter WFMZ: Wolf praises continued use of Palmer Twp. Majestic plantGovernor Tom Wolf addressed 600 ecstatic Majestic employees after news the jersey-making company is being purchased by the licensed sports merchandise company Fanatics. “This is a great day for all of us in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf.Philly Voice: Wolf thankful MLB apparel manufacturing will stay in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Major League Baseball Rob Manfred and others on Tuesday to announce that the Easton plant long used by Majestic to manufacture MLB apparel will remain in use under a new deal with Under Armour and Fanatics.Philly.com: SAFE: Rubin’s Fanatics, Under Armour deal saves 600 baseball jobs at Pa. factoryFanatics, the pro- and college-team gear sales group owned by the Conshohocken-based online-retail mogul Michael Rubin, has agreed to purchase VF Corp.’s Licensed Sports Group and its Majestic factory in Palmer Township near Easton, and to keep the 600-worker plant busy making major-league baseball uniforms and fan gear under a deal with Under Armour Inc…Gov. Wolf and baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. visited the Easton plant to congratulate Majestic workers on the deal.Lehigh Valley Live: WATCH: MLB uniforms to continue being made in Easton areaThe Easton area will continue to be the exclusive source of uniforms for Major League Baseball players and fans, under an acquisition of manufacturer Majestic announced Tuesday. Majestic in Palmer Township is being acquired by the sports licensing company Fanatics Inc. from VF Corp., according to the announcement that ends speculation about the long-term future of manufacturing the uniforms at the sprawling facility.Associated Press: Fanatics buying Majestic Athletic plant that makes MLB uniformsDemocratic Gov. Tom Wolf calls the announcement “important news for the commonwealth, the region and the talented employees who are true baseball fans with a genuine pride in what they do.”Morning Call: Home run: Majestic’s sale to Fanatics will keep MLB uniform, fanwear production in PalmerLater in the day, the workers gathered again in the plant — this time to hear from, as Majestic President Mike Pardini put it, some “big-time folks” who helped broker the deal. Among them were MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Fanatics owner and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf. April 05, 2017 SHARE TWEET
MIAMI – The prevailing question in Miami and the other cities where it was announced by the Trump administration that immigration raids were to commence on Sunday, July 14, is did the raids actually happen?Small scale operationsAccording to Weston based immigration attorney Caroly Pedersen, the raid did occur over the announced weekend, but they were only small scale operations and were mostly unsuccessful. She cited, “Agents fanned out into immigrant neighborhoods in many major cities, only to find that either no one would answer the door, or, that the occupant inside told them they were refusing to open the door because they knew their rights!”Aggressive promotion backfired Pedersen believed the planned July 14 raid was not successful was because they were aggressively promoted raids. “ICE had long been planning secret raids to catch unsuspecting immigrants off-guard, apprehend thousands and then publicize the success of their operations across the news.But the by the White House announcing and publicizing the raids ICE officials lost the element of surprise and even worse news for them, immigrant communities were becoming more educated about their rights and armed with knowledge, better able to avoid apprehension. Immigrants have now come to understand that they are not required to open their doors to ICE agents or roll down their car window and can simply ignore them, unless they present a warrant signed by a judge, which most agents do not have.”The New York Times reports that a teenager in New York who had seen “know your rights” posts on the internet took the advice to heart when ICE agents knocked on the door at 1 a.m. on Sunday. She recounted: “They said, ‘We need to talk to you, can you come outside, can you open the door?’ I said, ‘Do you have permission to come inside my house, do you have a paper?’” she recounted. “They said, ‘We’re not trying to come inside your house, we just want to speak with you.’ And I said, ‘No I’m not coming outside.” The agents left, then returned again at 5 a.m., “surrounding the house with flashlights and banging on the door and window” The girl went upstairs to be with her parents and hid with the lights off, “too scared to look outside,”. And miraculously, ICE eventually left, presumably defeated.However, Pedersen cautions that just because these raids were unsuccessful, does not mean ICE isn’t already reorganizing and planning secret, quiet raids hoping to catch immigrants when they are off guard.ICE constrained by lawThe law requires ICE agents to wait for their targets to come outside voluntarily in order to arrest them. Pedersen said ICE could be most likely planning creative tactics to try and lure their unsuspecting targets outside, for instance by carrying decoy photos to hold up to the windows of immigrants who are being targeted, pretending ICE agents are looking for someone else in order to persuade them to open the door. Or ICE agents claim to be police officers responding to a domestic disturbance or gas leak.The New York Times also reports that the agency has even used social media like dating sites to try and lure targets into “dates” where they can be apprehended.ICE to utilize creative means“They are coming up with more and more creative means every day. So don’t think its over, not by a long shot. Keep vigilant and safe… don’t open your door to strangers!” Pedersen cautioned.