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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #27)

Mon Dec 26, 2011, 12:01 PM

31. 200 of us hired into a Ford stamping plant in 1973

I was still two months away from graduating high school at the time I was hired.

Out of those 200, two of us retired with a pension. Half were gone the first day.

My brother hired in 4 years earlier with about 150 others while he was still in high school too. He was the only one out of that group to draw a pension.

Know something else? A cashier at a grocery store could expect the same or better wages and benefits as we were getting in 1973 in an auto plant. My brother actually took a little cut in pay in 1969 when he quit his union stock boy job and hired on at Ford.

Don

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