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I hope the executives of all these companies sleep very well at night.

Like Cindy, I don't want to minimize the tragedy that this man's family must be going through right now.

That being said, I went through a layoff on October 24th -- from a spinoff of AT&T. Caught in the wave were a bunch of people like me -- "market hires" with experience at multiple jobs -- and too darn many more who had worked for Ma Bell their whole careers, like the man in the story. A friend of mine is a single mom, with four pre-teenage boys. She's this close >< to being out on the street. Two of my former co-workers, still there, have also been there since they graduated college. They are, to put it mildly, scared.

The bottom line is that the landscape is changing. These people, to a person, were told to avail themselves of all the job search resources they could well before the layoff date and I doubt the employer was doing that out of an altruistic desire -- they know that they're going to have to make cuts, including some 'lifers.'

I shruggd my shoulders and began pounding the pavement again. Bitch of a time to start looking for work but I finally found something -- I start on the 13th in a much better job than I got laid off of, except for the longer commute. In a cruel twist of fate, one of the managers who laid me off is now getting her resume to me to help HER look for a job -- she's getting laid off in February.

The single mom is going back to school to get her teacher's certificate. The company -- and the state -- is paying, since there's a dearth of teachers around here, apparently.

There are always options. Never give up. Never give in. I'm going to fight until the wagon comes for me.
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