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88rxn/a2010-08-08 08:14:32 +0000 #1
our plant is behind when it comes to the economy so it is just now catching up to us. last year we lost 50 people and another round is coming really soon (next couple of weeks)...im not sure whats going to happen but i am freaking out some. it is one of the better paying jobs in my area without having some kind of degree. there "layoff" is basically a nice way of saying you are fired. if you are gone for more than 30 days then you are considered a new employee, you have to re-apply, start your wages over and benefits. but because they are slowing down ALOT, they probably wont hire anyone for a while...

i really dont want to relocate because i love the area and we got such a deal on the house...

i think i need a drink....
phreebsd2010-08-08 08:16:44 +0000 #2
sucks to hear man. i would be freaking out also.

what industry are you in?
88rxn/a2010-08-08 08:58:35 +0000 #3
phreebsd2010-08-08 08:44:52 +0000 #4
I know you are in the business of making special crankshaft but do you have the means to recondition them?
88rxn/a2010-08-08 09:36:19 +0000 #5
yes, but all the tools are made for pins and mains that are a minimum of 6 inches ROUND.

basically, anything under 1 ton they dont touch.
zacksbf2010-08-08 10:36:26 +0000 #6
Hate to hear that man. I know I have been in the job market for about a month now (got out of the Army March 11th). It is pretty rough out here looking for a job. My area is blessed with plenty of work (oil field services) but they don't pay much hourly they just figure it equals out by working you a ton of hours every week. I am trying to get something that will make the ends meet and still have time with the family since that was my main reason for leaving the Army. I have interviewed a few times and have not accepted a job yet because people are offering me wage rates that I earned 10 years ago. So like I say it is rough out here...
Guarino1132010-08-08 11:10:32 +0000 #7
i know what you are going through. my job was getting slack also. you could always look into driving a truck. i went to the truck driving school and TMC transportation offered me a job. i start on the 19th. it sucks im gonna be away from home so much but ill be making over double what i was making.
bruteman2010-08-08 11:46:26 +0000 #8
Last year I went through the same thing my company laid off 400 or so people I was one of the lucky ones that got to stay but its coming around again my wife and I work at the same company in differnt departments the rumor is she going to have next friday off thats how it started last year Man the goverment is doing such a great job they all need to be in the unemployment line
88rxn/a2010-08-08 10:15:02 +0000 #9
we had a "state of the business" meeting last week and right at the last minute the manager said, easter is going to be a UN-paid holiday...either take a vacation day or take it unpaid. this was the friday before easter. nice heads up eh!?

the supervisor's are walking around with there heads to the ground because they know whats going on and wont say anything. the manager said the salary people are taking a pay cut first and some of them will go, then us.

i am multi-skilled at 4 jobs there, machinist 1,2 and 3. its gonna help big time but im not sure if its enough.

being able to run multiple CNC machines along with polishing and handwork MIGHT get me through but time will tell.

i think the people that DO make it are going off the 12HR rotation. going from that to 8HR is about a $6-800 (a month) pay cut if there isnt any overtime.
Big D2010-08-08 10:58:01 +0000 #10
I feel for you all. Our company had lay offs last year. Things picked up a bit, but not much. We've had a wage freeze for 2 years now with no changes in sight. I'm worried because I have seniority and am one of the highest paid, which still isn't much.

Good luck!
bayou_boy_222010-08-08 13:20:26 +0000 #11
that sucks man sorry to hear about it.



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