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    The company I work (ed) for laid off 55 employees. We were told yesterday and it is effective tomorrow. Unemployment was there today so we could file. Im pretty sure there will be more getting it in the next few months. This is the second round this year. They are also shutting down a total of 6 weeks spread out over the summer. They froze the pensions, changed the 401k match, and of course no raise this year. Ill be on the hunt Monday for a new job, but like most places they are scarce. Good news....more time to quilt, not having to be in that hot factory when summer hits and wearing the hot, ugly uniforms!!! Bad news, I went through a layoff when Maytag shut down and it took me till now to get back on my feet, not looking forward to that again, but I know I can do it!! I understand cost cutting measures, and doing whatever they can to keep the plant here (it is a Japanese owned co) but whenever I hear about a layoff I always wonder just how much the CEO makes and if he made any concessions, you know?

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    I am so sorry to hear about the lay off. :( Glad that you will have more time to quilt, but it is hard to be happy and worry at the same time!
    Will add you to the prayers for getting what we all need! :? :lol:

    I shudder when I look around and see what isn't here anymore! Does not look that good for a bit anyway!

    I am glad I am retired and have a part time job! AND good quilting buddies! :lol: :lol:

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    I am sorry to hear that you were laid off. Just hang in there, you know how to cut corners but alot of people don't that are getting laid off.

    My husband is worried about his place of employment, he has been there for 36 years.

    Good luck and stay busy quilting.

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    I'm sorry that you've been laid off and I sympathize with anyone else who has been laid off. I hope you get a new job soon. As far as the CEO's of these corporations I sincerely doubt that they're making any concessions, in fact, they probably got a big bonus. I think this is wrong, if the corporation makes money, then I agree that the big wigs should also get bonuses, but when the corporation loses money or has to lay off people, I think that the CEO's need to do without raises and millions of dollars in raises and various other perks. My opinion

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    So sorry... The news is hard to take whether you are expecting it or not . The economy is taking a beating right now, just hang in there. Keeping you in my thoughts
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    yeap, sorry here to about your layoff. everyday at my place is a question but so far so good. As for the CEO's they don't take a cut unless someone forces them to.

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    So sorry about you being laid-off. I hope you find another job soon, one that you like better!

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    So sorry you are being laid-off :evil: Hope you find something better, and not as hot soon. In the meantime - enjoy your new quilting time. Hope to see pictures of all you get done :D :D

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    Good luck and keep your chin up! You have a lot to offer another employer!
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    I was recently laid off as well i wish you the best in your search for gainful employment. Chris

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    I am so sorry to see this. My thoughts and well wishes are being sent.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about the layoff and I pray you find something soon. I know from experience that it's a scary place to be, especially if you're worrying about your husband's job safety at the same time. Good energy being sent your way.

    I've been scared for the little engineering company I work at (there's only three of us). Business is so slow. Just found out that my work week will be cut from 5 days to 4. The upside aspects of this are that I still have a job (less money, but still a job!), I get a three-day weekend every weekend (yeah!), I can spend a quiet day at home with only the cats and dog doing my quilting, and I can try to get throws, small quilts and wall hangings done to see if I can sell them by word of mouth and craft shows.....and I get an extra day to see my granddaughter!

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    I am so sorry for the layoff. I too wonder if the CEO's are feeling it too. We lost half our staff three months ago and found out soon after the CEO got a very big bonus and our vice presidents were going to a training session in Hawaii. Didn't go over well. It's sad times. I will send prayers your way.

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    I was laid off over 2 years ago and took job after job...then found this one that I have been at for 18 months....
    Yesterday they told me they were putting back start times by a half hour, then today then are going to an hour....
    Doesn't give one much time to get things going and they have also cut vacation and med benefits.
    This is really hurting long term employees...
    Is starting to make me scared and wanting to get another job, closer to home.
    I can surely empathize (sp?) with you.
    It is a scary job market right now!
    Kirsten

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    Sorry to hear about the lay-off & good luck on your job hunt!
    Like Ducky, I got cut to 4 days a week, but still have a job & insurance. I'm amazed at how quick I've gotten used to those 3-day weekends!

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    I am sooo sorry to hear your news. I am happy to hear you are bouncing right back and pounding the pavement Monday for a new job!! You have a very positive attitude and that is a fabulous quality to have.

    Some areas here in Canada are also dealing with mass lay offs and plants shutting down. We haven't seen much of a problem here in Newfoundland. There are signs EVERYWHERE to hire within! We are not seeing much happening here with the economy. Come work here!!! :)

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    So sorry about the layoff. I went through it in January. There are no jobs around here so I just retired. I took early SS. I hope you will find something soon. It can be scary, but it sounds like you have a wonderful attitude!

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    Be sure and get lots of rest.

    It's a lot of stress going through a lay off. So many are going through this right now. My DH has been telling the younger workers at his job to go to night school, enroll in online classes, do what it takes to learn to new skill or add to the skill you have. Many of them are being held back by their wives or husbands!! They don't want them at work all day and at classes at night. DH comes home so frustrated that the company will pay for all passed courses and the employees or their family won't sacrifice a few nights a week.

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    It is sad when young people won't take advantage of oppotunities, Bella!
    I remember all the night classes I took and what would I have to show for those nights if I hadn't been in school? ???? Wouldn't be anything I could bank on! :?

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