Decatur – Hundreds in Decatur are now without a job.
Another batch of Caterpillar layoffs took effect today. In May notices went out to 300 Caterpillar employees including production and management staff. These layoffs are in addition to the 500 layoffs that officially happened in June.
Caterpillar blames declining mining sales for the drastic cuts. The company says the goal of the cuts is to bring production in line with demand. The layoffs are indefinite and take effect today.
Cost reduction measures had already been taken to prevent layoffs, such as temporary layoffs, shortened work weeks, and shut downs. However, further measures had to be taken.
If you know someone who has been laid off by Caterpillar there is a way to get help. Workforce Investment Solutions holds a "Caterpillar Impacted Employee Assistance Program" each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m.
The assistance program will help those with job search, provide interview workshops, education assistance, career exploration, and information on where to get on the job training opportunities. The meeting is held at Illinois WorkNet Center on Pershing Road in Decatur. To learn more about the program call 875-8750.
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