Candidate for governor and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett plans to talk about possible job losses at Bucyrus International Inc. with President Barack Obama this week.
Barrett will be attending Obama's Wednesday town hall meeting in Racine, his spokesman Phil Walzak said.
As many as 1,000 jobs at Bucyrus, a South Milwaukee-based mining equipment manufacturer, and its suppliers could be lost because of a decision by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which is funded by Congress. The bank denied several hundred million dollars in loan guarantees to a coal-fired power plant and mine in India, but may reconsider, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has reported.
Barrett wrote a letter to the bank's chairman Monday urging him to reverse the decision.
"This wrong and shortsighted announcement places in peril 1,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs in 13 states, including approximately 300 in Wisconsin, at a time when our country continues to struggle with the national recession and desperately needs to create, attract and save jobs," Barrett wrote.