It's a job the 53-year-old from
"I worked at
Like many laid-off factory workers, he faced losing his home, and it took years for recovery.
"I ended up working three jobs right after," he said. "When a lot of people in the automotive industry lost their good paying jobs, that's what they were doing to survive."
With Republican candidate
You don't have to go far to find blue collar workers who point directly at
"You talk to people from
"I think that plays in
"It didn't go over well, but we're kind of limited in what we can do," union president
Debating the effect
More than two decades later,
Some people who lost their jobs at
"There's still people that I know of that are bouncing around, different jobs here and there trying to do the best they can because they didn't want to leave the area,"
You'll find plenty of debate over how much
"Those exports support high-paying
Meanwhile, a 2015 report from the nonpartisan
But no matter which expert's analysts you prescribe to, it's unquestionable that trade has taken center stage in the presidential election.
The Republican nominee said he will renegotiate
For her part,
She's pledged to stop any trade deal that kills or holds down wages and to invest in and support union training programs.
That's little comfort, though, for those who have already been through the wringer and feel they're too close to the ends of their working careers to start over.
Finding new jobs
"You could go to school, but it was only for what was in your area. Truck driving and nursing, well I'm already in my middle 50s. I don't want either one, I'm not doing it," she said. "It's hard. It's hard to start over. They can't discriminate by your age, but they do."
She did find work, but the recession that began in 2008 forced that company to downsize and she was laid off with no recall rights.
"Now I'm quite a bit older,"
The closure of the Philips factory hit
"The plant is marginally profitable, but does not meet Philips' corporate expectations for returns to shareholders," the company said in a 1997 statement to The Blade.
Three years later the company announced plans to shift nearly all its production to
At one point,
Even worse, beyond losing their jobs, most of the Philips employees lost their health care benefits, benefits they thought they had for life. Many weren't able to find insurance to replace what they lost.
"It was over
"I lost everything. The only thing I saved was my car, a pair of sandals, and my sweatshirt," she said.
Then came another call. After 37 years of steady work at Phillips, she was being laid off from her new job shortly after she was hired.
She ended up being treated for depression.
"I didn't know what depression was but good Lord, you lose everything you own and then the next week they tell you the job is gone because the warehouse was over budget," she said.
Today, she works seven days a week delivering
"You do what you've gotta do," she said, thanking her mom and dad for giving her such a strong work ethic.
But even a strong work ethic can't find everyone jobs.
"Some of them work at McDonald's. They get
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