Sudden job loss destroys lives, ex-workers tell Senate panel

Toledo Blade

WASHINGTON - A factory worker who toiled nearly 27 years in an upholstery fabric plant in Massachusetts told a U.S. Senate panel yesterday that his family is barely scraping by since he and his wife were laid off from their jobs without notice in July, 2007.

"They didn't tell us anything, that they were going to close. … It was a big shock for me, and here I am now, almost one year later, still without a job," Joe Aguiar, 48, of Fall River, Mass., told a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on plant closings, workers' rights, and the 20th anniversary of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

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