David Hall showed up to work at the Wonder Bread factory in Waterloo Friday morning knowing it could be his last day on the job. But it's hard to prepare for words like these:
"Nine o'clock this morning they told us they were done," Hall said. "Stop mixing. When the last loaf of bread hits, get out."
By the time Theresa Brown got in for her shift, it was over.
"They're not letting (anyone) in the building," she said. "You stay outside the door. They've changed the locks. It's done."
Now, employees wonder what they'll do next. That's where Hawkeye Community College is stepping in.
Jeanie Wright, the Workforce Development Director at Hawkeye Community College, is organizing an informational meeting for the now-unemployed workers, giving them access to the support available in the community.
That informational meeting is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College. All affected employees are encouraged to attend.
The agencies attending will offer workers information about job assistance, educational opportunities, unemployment insurance, and food and utility support.
"You're used to earning a paycheck," Wright said. "You're used to being able to pay your bills when you're employed. And hopefully, you have the next best job the day after. But if you don't a month from now, two months from now, you may need to know about these community resources."
It's not a position any of the employees at the Wonder Bread plant wanted to be in.
"There's a few people who are pretty upset," said Hall.
But they knew it was coming, and they support the actions of their union.
"It just came to a point where greed has taken over everything and we're out of jobs," Hall said.
"We have given up," Brown said. "We've done our part. These people want to work. They don't want to be out of a job."
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