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Economy stinks!

Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at 2:43 PM

I was out and about town this morning and ran into two young women who lost their jobs at Sanford today. They were told to go home. That was it. What a notice that was. There is very little in the way of severance, just a small amount for each year they worked there. Thank goodness they will be able to draw unemployment compensation. These were both young women with children, and they need to work to have that income for their families.

I remember when Jim and I were young and had a year-old son. He came in and told me he had been laid off from what was then AVCO in Nashville. (Now it's Vought, and they are currently having labor problems. The union is on strike at this time. There was an article in today's Tennessean about them.) Jim was fortunate that businesses were hiring at that time. He went to work two weeks later for Southern Airways, a regional carrier out of Atlanta which flew into Shelbyville in those days. After 36 years with Southern, which became Republic Airlines and then Northwest, Jim was able to retire.

The people who are now losing jobs won't be as fortunate as Jim was. Businesses aren't hiring. Due to the increase in food costs, I notice fewer people seem to eating out. That means restaurants won't need as many employees either.

I should probably be worrying about our own nest egg and what will happen to retirees, but I can't help but be concerned about these young people who need that income. How can this be resolved?

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Mrs Brown we all got the day off today with pay. We were told we have about a year they will start moving in Febuary and be gone by December no one is out of a job yet. Im upset about losing my job also but at least they gave us time and we didnt come in to the gates locked. They have hired people to try to help us if we want it at no cost to us. This is sad for me because ive been there 17 years and i loved my job. There are people that have been there longer than me though and they are like family but we all will get through this.

-- Posted by lovnmykids on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 7:50 PM

So, what jobs will they go to after Sanford when there aren't that many here to begin with. Anyone losing a job should be worried because there aren't that many places to work in Shelbyville as is and even those places are cutting back or closing(aka Summit). Even where I work is cutting back and our business has been somewhat stable compared to others.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 7:42 PM

One of the women was out of work today. She will go back while they help her learn how to complete a resume. The other woman said she will work until she finishes running what is in her machine. She said that was what they were told today. Neither of them mentioned anything about having another year to work.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 6:52 PM

this whole thing is real sad, but it is a growing problem i think will get worse.

We will see more unemployeed and more homeless in the coming year.

Mark my words..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 5:19 PM

I have family and very close friends that work there and they have filled me in on all of the details.

-- Posted by Christian Dad on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 4:21 PM

Christian Dad

Are you a Sanford Exec? Your post sounds good but time will tell if this is the case. Still in the end these women could still be part of the NET 175.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 3:42 PM

Betty - they still have a job. The announcement was that their jobs will be going away but it will not begin until mid-Q1 of 2009 and the phase out will last until Q4 of 2009. Everyone was sent home today to recover from the shock. They are scheduled to come back into work tomorrow. So, in fact, they have received notice. Even though their jobs will go away, they still have a little time to prepare. I know that this is not much of a consolation, but the company is planning on working with the employees to help provide out-placement assistance if it is needed.

-- Posted by Christian Dad on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 3:25 PM

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