More than 200 leave GM, others could return

More than 200 leave GM, others could return
Reported by: Karen Hopkins
Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 @09:21pm

 

There’s a 3 pm deadline Friday for GM workers to take a company buyout package. The automaker’s announcement the plant will shut down by 2012 sped up the decision for some employees. More than 200 will hit the road, according to the local United Autoworkers President. But KTAL’s Karen Hopkins found for each employee who leaves another could come back. After 11 years on the General Motors line, this man’s says he’s taking the buyout because of an uncertain future. “Look at me after 11 years. They are going to have to lay me off to keep someone else working. Why wait for them to put your head on the block and swing the axe?" UAW president Doug Ebey says 203 Shreveport GM workers have decided to leave, taking a buyout or transferring to another plant. But for each employee who goes, another can come back. “I hope I can come back if everything goes ok,” laid off worker Gary Pilhorn said. Gary Pilhorn’s one of 400 employees on layoff. Right now his wife’s the family’s only source of income. "We’re living paycheck to paycheck. We’ll ride it out see what happens.” Still, hundreds of GM workers are staying put, like Ebey who’s two years shy of his retirement benefits. But with Shreveport GM closing by 2012, Ebey says he expects more workers to sign out by tomorrow’s buyout deadline. “Some will be out in the job market,” Ebey says adding more competition for the hundreds who are unemployed.
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