Was your post-GM retraining helpful?
Unfortunately, I know too many people who went through the retraining process after their jobs with GM or a third party vendor were eliminated. I once knew many proud General Motors assemblers. They DID work hard (a few spoil the bunch) and after the initial shock and some depression they worked hard at looking toward the future. That meant Blackhawk Tech, the UW system or other schooling.
Today, those once proud GM assemblers are now proud police officers, nurses, nursing assistance and small business owners. Just like the mid-80s, I did lose a few friends as they left the Janesville area to provide for their families in other cities and states. I miss them but they had to do what they had to do. Some of my friends who were worried about finding employment after GM are fielding offers for promotions a few years after finding their first post-assembly job. That is wonderful news.
Sure, we always hear of those who are struggling and I'm not going to pretend that I don't have a number of other friends who are still trying to find their footing after retraining. Some took the 'cut ties' buyout and thought they had enough to get by but they misjudged. They haven't found their post-GM stride. It takes some longer than others. Thankfully, their attitude is still mostly positive and they take odd jobs as they try to secure a position in their new chosen profession.
Are the benefits or pay as good as General Motors? I don't ask and I don't care. All I know is that my friends appear to be satisfied with life. There isn't a price that can be put on that.
Were you one of the thousands who retrained after General Motors closed in Janesville? If so, how are things?
Steve Knox was born, raised and landed back in Janesville. He encourages you to participate as he writes on Janesville and beyond as this Generation X guy supports his Janesville mission, global vision. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.