2 recently laid-off Lufkin GE workers uncertain about future

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Instead of showing up at their jobs, some 60-plus former GE employees showed up in downtown Lufkin looking for work assistance.

"We can help them with resumes," said John Riley of Workforce Solutions. "We can help them look for jobs. We can help them with training and career counseling."

Everything was discussed from re-training to unemployment benefits

Nineteen-year veteran Michael Tillar claims his three months severance from the company is lower than the job he was recently cross-rated.  The sudden layoff has not helped matters either.

"Yea there was a lot of questions," Tillar said. "It is a devastating blow. It hurt."

Over 60 ex-employees were at the civic center. Debbie King was one of them. She learned last week she would be losing her job. It didn't make it easier.

"Even knowing you more than likely a number, it doesn't make it easier when it actually happens," King said.

"I think they came in and destroyed the whole community and left people hanging high and dry," said Johny Jackson Jr.

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