Laid Off Workers Angry

Laid off from their jobs, hurt and confused. That's how about 25 people described themselves Wednesday afternoon in Rocky Mount.

Employees say that Cummins in Rocky Mount -- a plant that manufactures engines, had told employees last week they would be cutting over three hundred jobs, and the cuts would be based on a variety of things such as skills, attendance, and productivity.

Those affected say they're hard workers and they don't think they should've been laid off. Another problem they say-- it isn't actually a lay off because it's company policy to not hire back employees after they've been terminated.

The workers are exploring options to unionize.

We made calls to the manager of the plant but he could not be reached.


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  • by cummins worker Location: rocky mount on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    they did do some worker wrong. one of my co workers was terminated. she had great quality and attendance came in on days off. always did what she was suppose to do but kept people that was out of work for a year on FMLA son you tell me is that fair.
  • by still there Location: Rocky Mount on Mar 20, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    This story needs some fact-checking and clarification! 1) The "no rehire" policy is waived for the group who were terminated last week. Should business conditions turn around, these people may be rehired. 2) The 25 people who are discussing unionization are no longer employees - referring to them as "workers" is no longer accurate. What union would they be eligible to join, as unemployed people?!
  • by Teamster on Mar 20, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Typical North Carolina mentality. "Unions are bad. No worker representation is good. Liberals are bad. Bible carrying conservatives are good". As long as it's God, guns, guts, and glory, you North Carolina rednecks are OK.
  • by Amazing Location: Whitakers on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    Your perceptions may be real to you but, that doesn't mean they are accurate! You only know what you think you know. Is it such a hard concept that employees would like a glimmer of hope that they would be called back to work once the economy picks back up? As for the assumptions that this man and the rest deserved to be terminated, why did it take to company over 20 years to come to that conclusion. What if a few hundred more are let go? Will they all be bad employees? I guess if you treat employees as a commodity and not as people, it makes easier and more justifiable to throw them to the curb. You may be next! Trickle down is really working well isn't it? The plantation system still rules in NC along with fear of the master or overseer. If the system works so well why does NC have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    A union rep is for a bad worker, as a defense attorney is for a guilty criminal. You have to pay money to remain innocent.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    Sounds like they cut out the 'dead wood'. The problem is most folks that fit this description never view themselves that way. They can be the sorriest workers and they still think they put out a quality job. So like a few others have stated before me, it wouldn't matter what the reason was, you would still be mad you lost your job.
  • by Blake S Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    What would a union do? Hurt the economy even more?
  • by Lazy Location: Rocky Mount on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    All of the people that was let go all had problems with the company over the years.All from Quality and Safety and lets not leave out performance at all. As a worker there they will listen to you.I have been a union member before they sell you out. RMEP is a great place to work. Plus the people that was let go wasn't performing. BOTTOM LINE!!!!
  • by ash Location: nc on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    This is to Who's Fault! My mother was making $18 an hour at Cummings. What does she need to do, go try to get a Phd? Most people who have a 4 year degree don't make that much money!
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    For the record, in the great state of North Carolina an employeer doesn't have to give you a reason for letting you go. They can walk into your office today and let you go and never give you a reason why. Besides, like Ace said, even if they did give you a reason, it wouldn't satisfy you anyway.
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