Letter to the editor: JLG layoffs amo...

Letter to the editor: JLG layoffs amount to a stale story

There are 9 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 8, 2009, titled Letter to the editor: JLG layoffs amount to a stale story. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Just what do you people want us to do -- give our jobs to those who got laid off or lost their jobs, or have a pity party for them? JLG always did have this practice of hiring a lot of people and then whenever they were done fulfilling the orders, they would lay them off.

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Sir Fatboy

“Who, me?”

Since: Nov 08

Brooklyn,NY

#1 Jun 9, 2009
So don't read it. And please, when you mean to say "I think", actually use the word "think", not "feel". You can feel angry, hurt, happy, for example, but you can't feel an idea.

MrRight

“Searching for the TRUTH”

Since: May 09

J-Town

#2 Jun 9, 2009
JLG has always had the practice of hire and fire, but now they are canning employees with 15 to 20 years with them. WTF? Economy must not be so bad overseas where they opened a plant. But hey, just forsake the American working men and women, why not?

I hope the worst for JLG, and I say that with all of my heart. These companies that use the economy as the scapegoat, yet see their wallets growing with their overseas labor make me sick. And what happened to the powerhouse that was the U.S.A? We were a fine tuned self sufficent machine at one time, but now all it would take is a few bad dealings and some broken ties and we would be quivering and begging for handouts.....Oh nevermind, we are doing that now. Good job JLG, way to take care of the people that made you who you are.
Tom

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Jun 9, 2009
JLG is not there to provide jobs. They are there to make money. If the it were stable all the time, the leaders at JLG would be more than happy to keep the employees but when there are no orders to fill there is no need for the excess employees.

I would gaurantee you that most of the management are not too happy with having to let people go with 20 years. There is no bottomless pit of money to keep the employees around. Surely Governement Motors has taught you that lesson by now?
George

Sterling, VA

#4 Jun 9, 2009
Pete always states his opinions, usually about how people are too rich or too spoiled, and sometimes he's painfully correct. On this letter, I think he's wrong.

I'll tell you though, most of my neighbors were employed by or had an immediate family member employed by JLG, and only 1 family is still at work - working every other week. I would say that JLG's layoffs have hurt our area severely, except all of these people are on unemployment, bringing in $450 a week - almost the same money they were making when they went to work every day. Others are getting unemployment and learning a new trade; I can't see where being laid off is affecting people too terribly - they are living as they always have.

If you've ever driven by the JLG facility in McConnellsburg, you'd have to be blind to not see the writing on the wall - they have a lot full of completed units just sitting there, waiting to be sold. You can't produce bunches of unsold units, stockpile them in a yard, and not expect to be affected if there is a downturn in the economy.
and

York Springs, PA

#5 Jun 9, 2009
JLG has begun construction on a plant in China.
Tom

Portsmouth, VA

#6 Jun 9, 2009
and wrote:
JLG has begun construction on a plant in China.
Gotta go where the business is!

MrRight

“Searching for the TRUTH”

Since: May 09

J-Town

#7 Jun 9, 2009
George wrote:
Pete always states his opinions, usually about how people are too rich or too spoiled, and sometimes he's painfully correct. On this letter, I think he's wrong.
I'll tell you though, most of my neighbors were employed by or had an immediate family member employed by JLG, and only 1 family is still at work - working every other week. I would say that JLG's layoffs have hurt our area severely, except all of these people are on unemployment, bringing in $450 a week - almost the same money they were making when they went to work every day. Others are getting unemployment and learning a new trade; I can't see where being laid off is affecting people too terribly - they are living as they always have.
If you've ever driven by the JLG facility in McConnellsburg, you'd have to be blind to not see the writing on the wall - they have a lot full of completed units just sitting there, waiting to be sold. You can't produce bunches of unsold units, stockpile them in a yard, and not expect to be affected if there is a downturn in the economy.
Ever since I was a child they have had multiple units sitting out back, thats not writing on the wall for me. And as far as new trades and unemployment go's that is not going to help that A.)Good luck finding an employer with your new trade around here(Fulton/Huntingdon County) And there was plenty of people who were making more then $450.00 a week.
George

Sterling, VA

#8 Jun 9, 2009
I guess it depends on what new trade you learn. The 3 who come to mind first are learning nursing, HVAC, and hazardous materials trucking. I'm confident the first two will have no trouble finding a job, but I'd say that all of those new trades beat standing on a hot assembly line putting heavy machinery together.

As far as making more than $450 a week, all I can tell you is they are still pulling their campers out on the weekends, going to amusement parks, going to Longaberger and other shopping trips, etc. I've only been laid off once, but when I was, I didn't do anything remotely similar to those kinds of things; so either they saved up money in anticipation, or they are living beyond their means.
JLG Oakes ND

Lamoure, ND

#9 Jun 14, 2009
Unemployement is not all that great and those of use sitting around are hopeing that this will turn around and we'll get or jobs back because there aren't anty other jobs out there that will pay us like this one did.
George wrote:
I guess it depends on what new trade you learn. The 3 who come to mind first are learning nursing, HVAC, and hazardous materials trucking. I'm confident the first two will have no trouble finding a job, but I'd say that all of those new trades beat standing on a hot assembly line putting heavy machinery together.
As far as making more than $450 a week, all I can tell you is they are still pulling their campers out on the weekends, going to amusement parks, going to Longaberger and other shopping trips, etc. I've only been laid off once, but when I was, I didn't do anything remotely similar to those kinds of things; so either they saved up money in anticipation, or they are living beyond their means.

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