RV maker didn't warn workers of layoff

RV maker didn't warn workers of layoff

There are 10 comments on the WLFI Lafayette story from Mar 13, 2009, titled RV maker didn't warn workers of layoff. In it, WLFI Lafayette reports that:

A Warsaw recreational vehicle maker says it could not give hundreds of laid-off workers the required 60 days notice of plant closings because it would have undermined efforts to stay in business.

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Wendy Worthington

Anderson, IN

#1 Mar 13, 2009
Shame Shame
are you kidding

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 13, 2009
Thats a business thats ran by IDIOTS!

United States

#3 Mar 16, 2009
It is a shame Monaco had to suck R-VISION dry. R-VISION would still be in operation if Monaco had not bought them!!!!!!!!!!

United States

#4 Mar 24, 2009
I'm wondering what lending institution R-Vision might be using to finance potential buyers had Monaco not purchased them. Sounds like you (Maverick) have some inside information into the lending industry.Help us out here Maverick,since you seem to be on top of all this. It's a known fact that the buyers are there and ready,but there is no money being lent by financial firms. No one I deal with is aware of anything other than the buyers want product and there is no Money.

Maybe R-vision is self sufficient, no, no that can't be, or they wouldn'y have sold out to Monaco. Don't ya think....
John McLaughlin

United States

#5 Mar 24, 2009
I am a 62 year old laid off Monaco employee who was on COBRA. I found out Friday by letter that my insurance was terminated as of March 31st and I was putting off a heart procedure because I thought i had 18 months. Is anyone trying to organize to find out what the options are. I contacted OMIP and they wanted 668 for 500 deductible. If someone has ideas or info - mclaughlin0946 AT MSN DOT COM.

Springfield, IL

#6 Apr 7, 2009
they told us every 2 weeks to come back since December... not only did they not warn us, they lied and told us big things were in the works.

Warsaw, IN

#7 Apr 8, 2009
Wondering, R-Vision sold to Monaco by private owners for fourty millon + and have since road into the sunset. R-Vision was also the only profitable division of Monaco for 2008 with sales and revenues up every month until the down turn in September.
Monaco also has not paid the health insurance preminum since December 2008 None of the employees DR. or hospitol visits have been paid for. Now we are getting the bills. Oh 1 more thing. The bank rup. judge released $450,000.00 for wages in early March and no vacation, commisions or pay has been issued except to the board.
John McLaughlin

Eugene, OR

#8 Apr 8, 2009
I am a laid off Monaco employee and need to find health insurance at 62 with preexisting condition. OMIP said I could get a policy that was 500 deductible for about 678 a month which is a little out of my unemployment budget. My question for anyone is: I was on COBRA and does anyone know where someone in Oregon that was dumped because of the Monaco Bankruptcy can get insurance for around 400 or so? or less? I was eligible for the 65% rebate from the stimulus but because Monaco went bankrupt I lose everything? Am I the only one lost in space?

United States

#9 Apr 8, 2009
Shame on all of you! Monaco fed your families for many years at wages that were unheard of in most of lane county oregon! I believe that monaco was trying to do everything that they could to get us back to work, and they needed time. Do you think they hired an investment company for nothing???? Look at the economy! Every RV manufacturer has gone down the drain because of the market... Fleetweed, Country Coach.... they are all in the same negative column as Monaco is. Why do you blame Kay & Nepute? Do you think this is where they wanted Monaco to be? People need to pull their heads out of their butts and realize this is a worldwide economic problem that has hit us workers hard because of the industry we were in. Things will get better in time........
John McLaughlin

Eugene, OR

#10 Apr 9, 2009
Well, whose at fault is something that we can debate. Some RV companies survived in much better shape than Monaco, e.g., Winnebago and Thor, and I assume they did so for reasons that can be determined. Whether the culture of short term profits sometimes out weighs long term company viability, is something that needs to be looked at generally in this country. Kaye and John are undoubtedly good men who tried to make Monaco work but that doesn't mean that they always made the right decisions. As someone who has tried and failed twice with small businesses, I know that you can try has hard as you can but at the end of the day some decisions do make a difference and we need to be able to look at where we've been to make good decisions about where we need to go. I have been going through different phases with the layoff but my main issue now is how do I get health insurance with a preexisting condition and limited income and savings gone?

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