Ford Motor Co., which is closing plants and cutting jobs in an effort to improve results from its North American auto business, said Thursday that it will shutter assembly plants in Norfolk, Va., and St. Paul, Minn., in 2008.
Let me say that anytime someone loses a job, there is no joy.
I do not like unions, that fact is no secret. I am as pro-market as they come, even when it comes to labor. But, I take no pleasure in seeing anyone losing a job, union or non-union. But the important thing to note in all of this is, the year the plants will close is 2008. These people have two years to plan out the rest of their lives. Many can and will relocate, albeit reluctantly in many cases, I am sure. Many of the smarter ones will go back to school and study in an area that is more recession-proof.
But it's not the best thing to happen to many of these people, but it could have been much worse. They could have showed up to work, found pink slips awaiting them, and then could have been sent home on the spot.