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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 06:59 AM

I can't believe  I've been working for the same co.now for 30 years . Back in  1982 I had gotten laid off from a machine shop job at Ingersoll-Rand  jobs around here where  tough to get because I think the unemployment rate was 12% here .  Had  a few temporary jobs along with  unemployment so I was  off for a year before getting hired as a utility worker at a power plant . Remember those "old guys "   working there ,  they where in there fifties .   Now I'm one of them   lol.  At the time I really wanted to stay at IR  and could have when called back after  1 1/2 year  layoff . It was a good move not to go back because IR  closed their  plant there a few years later and would have lost my job for good . It hasn't been all peaches and cream , after moving from the power plant  into the transportation dept which was  less then 10 miles from home it closed after being there for 9+  years  , had to go back to the power plant for 3 years  before a garage job opened  but , was 34 miles from home , was there for almost 15 years  until last year,   got back to a building across from the old garage , 10 miles again :dancingbanana:   Hope   to stay  here until retirement  , 


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:08 AM

30 years, congrats Al. I hear what you are saying about sticking in one place. In the long run, it is one times better.
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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:14 AM

Scary how fast the years past, glad you found a home :thumbs:

 

I can get together with friends and talk about things like it was last night, and then realize it was 25+ years ago. :smilewink:


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:41 AM

Congrats on the 30 years! Glad you have been able to 'hang' in there! The years do go by pretty quick!


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:57 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!    I was lucky to have 32 years in my previous job, i was "junior guy" . the company was sold but we had a 30 and out clause so i jumped on it and retired at 51. better to make a deal with the devil you know than to take chances, which worked out well for me but some guys with more time in than me stayed and got shafted. was hoping to find something else but there are no decent jobs available, lots of minimum wage stuff but your only working to stay poor but i have my pension and benifetts and my tractors to play with and lots of time to find  deals, ps retirement is the best job i ever had, should of done it 30 years ago ha ha ha!!! i dont know how i had the time to go to work


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 08:07 AM

Al,Congratulations on 30 years!

 

 

it sounds like you have had a few different in the company moves.  I'm glad yor are back near home.  How soon will you be able to retire?

 

I have been in the same field for 28 years.  


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 08:13 AM

Congrats Alc... 


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 08:42 AM

congratulation on the 30yrs. Its hard to keep a job this day and time.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:08 AM

Congratulations on 30 yrs Al !! My story is much like yours, I worked at Farmhand building farm machinery for 14 yrs, after 3 yrs of partial yr layoffs and full year out of work(the Farm Economy was in the toilet then). I took a job selling video's(Talk about culture shock!Going from a factory to an office?) when the factory called me back they told me they had 2 months work and I would be layed off again, So I did not go back. April 28th I celebrated 27 yrs with this company and plan to ride it out till I retire.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:26 AM

Congrats Al. Pretty similar story here. Worked 3 years with the East Coast Navy ship repair unit then layed off. Went to work for the local hospital in Sept. 83 and still here. It's now part of a Regional Health Authority. I know what you mean about all the old guys being there when you first came. I'm officially an old guy now.  I may pack it in next year as I will be eligible for a pension. 


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:35 AM

Congratulations Al on 30 years with the same company.  

 

 

 

 

Congratulations on 30 yrs Al !! My story is much like yours, I worked at Farmhand building farm machinery for 14 yrs, after 3 yrs of partial yr layoffs and full year out of work(the Farm Economy was in the toilet then). I took a job selling video's(Talk about culture shock!Going from a factory to an office?) when the factory called me back they told me they had 2 months work and I would be layed off again, So I did not go back. April 28th I celebrated 27 yrs with this company and plan to ride it out till I retire.

 

For me the culture shock came when I retired from the Navy and went to work in the real world.  


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 09:50 AM

Congrats on 30 years.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 11:00 AM

So many out there have lost their pensions (my wife) so putting up with working harder for less is not easy. I would hope you will be rewarded for your loyalty and hard work.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:25 PM

Sorry to hear about your wife's pension Steve . It's a story that gets told more then it should .I look at all the skilled men and women that lost their jobs in the last 10+  years it makes you want to cry . I really do feel fortunate that  things fell into place for me . I hope things turn around for those looking for jobs , 



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:08 PM

you seem happy about you job. Thats a good thing...


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