Laid off GM Powertrain workers begin retraining

By Colleen Wells - email | bio

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Hundreds of local auto-workers have joined the state's unemployment numbers after losing JobsBank.

The Source met with auto workers who have lost their jobs to talk about what to do next.

These auto workers' union hall has become a career center. Dozens of laid-off GM employees are getting training they never imagined - training on how to find work outside of the auto industry. "It's devastating for all of us at General Motors," said one former employee, "We've worked more than half our lives there," said laid-off auto worker Tracey Bailey.

"It's very difficult for a lot of the people who have known nothing else. It's going to be extremely difficult. Competition is very high for just a few jobs that are out there," said laid off worker Eddie Hall.

Hall is one of the hundreds of local GM workers who lost their job with the elimination of jobs bank.

We sat down with Eddie in November and asked what, at that time, was a big 'What if?'. What would happen to him and his wife if he lost his job? He said, "We would probably have to have 2 or 3 jobs, and she'd have to come out of retirement. We'd probably struggle, but I'm confident we would kind of do okay."

What was once hypothetical is now reality. Eddie is indefinitely laid-off and looking for work. It's a daunting task for many of these auto-workers who have only known the auto-industry for decades.