That’s where they met, fell in love and got married a year later. Today, they have five kids, and three — ages 6, 13 and 15 — still live with them at home.
Now the Troy couple worries that they could end up assigned to plants in different states, uprooting or even splitting up the family.
“This is our lives, our livelihood. … This has been a family thing,”
“I’ve known couples that have worked for
The Moores were among a handful of
Local 22 president
Some workers have accepted a transfer to
Seniority plays a role in the transfer process,
Dominique, 34, has been at the plant for 11 years.
“We work the same shifts so we go home at the same time, we’re able to be with the kids at the same time, and now there can be changes, where now she’s in
Moore added he had gotten sick and was briefly hospitalized while some of his co-workers started to receive offers from the
Now, both are in limbo as they wait for word on placements and brace for upcoming layoffs.
“If our benefits run out, they run out together,”
Others at the plant are in the same boat.
“I don’t have, unfortunately, any family that would be available to take my kids to and from school or watch them after. If I had to work at night, there would be nobody there to sit with them,” Dixon said.
“For myself, the best-best case scenario would be if this were all just a nightmare.”
While decisions about transfers happen above plant level, Duque said the union has been working hard to get answers for workers and support them during the transition.
For now, about 400 of the
During the 2008-2009 bankruptcy, Patten said, he was laid off for more than a year until he was offered an assignment at the Romulus Powertrain Plant, then transferred to
“It’s the waiting game, and sometimes the waiting game can be strenuous, especially when it comes to your finances because you get in a position that you have done everything that you could possibly do, which is put in for these plants, but then you still have to wait. … You hurry up to do it, but then you wait,” he said.
Now, Patten said he’s received word that he will be among the
“They’re putting us all back into either trim or chassis, is my understanding, and the thing about it, as you get older, some of the jobs you used to be able to do, are 10 times harder to do,” he said.
Patten said the plant’s closure will have an impact on his whole family — a loyal
“All my kids drive
News of the plant’s closure came as a shock for many workers, learning of it through local media, right after
“We — the rank and file members at
Workers added that if the aim is to push
“Best case scenario?
“They’re a truck plant, they’re obviously relevant right now, especially with the economy and the gas, but at what point is
“The plant that I’m leaving is 50 percent or more autonomous ready and that’s the plant you’re closing. … None of that really makes a lot of sense to me, but I’m on the union side and not the management side.”
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