Chrysler Bankruptcy: The Ripple Effect

Three years ago my husband applied for an assembly line job at the Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. He was looking for a good job with benefits. We were dreaming of health insurance for our kids- you know… just in case. Before that, he had been a master mechanic for years, but had left that industry to flip houses in the South. Two houses and two kids later, we knew we needed something more for our kids… just in case. The effects of the bankruptcy will be stated through the bankruptcy attorney san diego to the clients. All the family members and employees should be benefitted with the service of the lawyer. 

When we read about the Chrysler job in the newspaper it seemed like the perfect opportunity. With his very technical, clean work history and clean personal record he was an excellent candidate. We researched every aspect of the hiring process by culling details from the Chrysler website, as well as searching out news stories about other mass hirings that Chrysler had conducted. We rehearsed the interview. We pre-drove the route to Rockford, where the interview was scheduled to take place. We bought a new outfit for the interview. Everything was practiced and rehearsed and planned. Then, as a family, we prayed… just in case. We told our kids, however, that Daddy might not get the job. God might have something better in mind.

When he didn’t get the job, I was optimistic. “That’s okay,” I told our two kids, “God has another opportunity in mind for us.” Soon we heard that Union Pacific was hiring conductor trainees. My husband applied. Once again, we practiced the interview, prepared a portfolio, shopped for new clothes, and pre-drove the route to the interview- just in case. He was hired that day.

Then a month later, the economy tanked. When we read that the Belvidere plant had let the third shift go- the extra shift my husband had applied for- we congratulated ourselves. We were glad to be working for the railroad. Trains would keep moving, even in a slow economy, right? But we cut back on spending- just in case. “Thank God,” we told ourselves, “for this stable job.” Our pastor comforted parishioners during a Sunday homily. He encouraged them to keep the faith; God, he said, would take care of us.

We felt guilty to be so blessed with this stable job amidst such uncertainty. Then we realized something grim. Auto plants are Union Pacific’s major source of income in our area.

He was furloughed in January. Right now, he’s painting the house, which needs it badly. When the house is finished, he’ll look for other work so he can bring in an income while we wait to see if the railroad will need him again. UP has invested a lot of money in training him, and good conductors are hard to come by. So my husband’s “grip,” the bag of gear that conductors always carry to work, waits on a shelf in our closet… just in case.