12-18 mo if you have a family member who works there. But no the buy out will not speed up the process. The buy out is for those who have been there at least 25 years. And the buy out plan is not nearly as much as people think. Say you started there at age 20, you would now be 45. Would you be really be willing to give up a $20-40 per hour job for a buy out of $80,000 (before taxes)?
Where on earth did you come from? OLD timer here...pay attention. The family member deal is not how it works. You are a TEMP. Yes, TEMP in capital letters. So temps must work 6 years, YES, pay attention, 6 YEARS to be hired full time as 2nd tier labor, making roughly $10 dollars less than a OLD full timer provided you jump thru the proper hoops and ring the bells correctly. Look up 2nd tier labor on Google to get a full understanding of the terminology and the fact that you will be absolutely nothing to the company but cheap a%% labor. AND about the buyout, it is for those employees who will have 22 to 25 years of seniority by March 31, 2013. I repeat, minimum of 22 YEARS by the mentioned date. As for the age of most of us when we started, we were in the 26, 27, 28 year range to upwards of 45 years old when we started in 1987. Now, when you say $20 to $40 dollars per hour, where on earth did you come up with that sum? Your average line worker topped out on the pay scale makes over $26 dollars an hour. Skilled & maintenance make roughly $32 dollars an hour. Once I get back to work, I can quote you the exact dollar amount down to the mere cents. Peace & Love to U.