Surviving the Pink Slip: Part 2

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The recession has caused the unemployment rate to soar across the nation and here in the Mid-Ohio Valley too.

In part one of our special report "Surviving the Pink Slip," we introduced you to a family trying to get back on track after a husband and father of three, lost his job.

The Ewing family is just your typical American family that never imagined tough times coming down on them so hard.

As we've previously shown you, they've already filed for unemployment and sold many of their assets just to keep their home, but things are starting to look up for the Ewing's as they take the next step to re-employment.

After Joseph Ewing lost his job of 20 years when Ravenswood's Century Aluminum shut down last month, they feared they'd lose the house they've made their home.

"I don't see anything good about moving. I don't want to move," Jericho, the oldest of the three Ewing children, said.

"I would miss my friends a lot," Gracie, the youngest, said.

But parents Joseph and Amy are doing everything they can to keep the house they love from going to the dogs.

"We've just sort of come to the realization lately what's gonna happen, and that's we're gonna have to have more education to make it," Amy, Joseph's wife, said.

"We have been very active in reaching out to that community," Anthony Underwood, W.V.U. Parkersburg Dean of Students, said.

A growing community of people who have lost their jobs, and are now furthering their education in hopes of getting an even better one.

To accomodate this group, W.V.U. Parkersburg dean of students, Anthony Underwood, says the school will begin offering courses as early as april, rather than waiting for the fall semester.

"I saw my mother and father have to change jobs as the wind blew in the economy," Underwood said.

And so Underwood says more education is a great way to build job security.

"Some may say it's a little bit of a cliche, but it's absolutely true that the education and your training is the only thing that cannot be taken from you, that you cannot lose," he said.

So with special financial aid like the Trade Act program and the Pell Grant, the Ewing's have made a big decision.

"We're definitely both gonna go back to school," Joseph said.

Joseph is planning to take electrician courses, while Amy studies criminal justice, but as valuable as an education is, there are some other things that must be done before getting the next paycheck.

And you can hear about those Wednesday in the third part of our special report "Surviving the Pink Slip."

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  • by Paula McDonald Location: Georgetown, South Carolina on Mar 22, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    My heart goes out to the family. I believe it is a community's responsiblity to help the families of these plant workers to start a new life and be able to stay in West Virginia. I believe that going to college will open new doors for the Eqing family. I pray that the family does get to keep their home and their children will be able to continue their education in Parkersburg, W.Va.
  • by Kathy Location: Parkersburg on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    I totally agree with April. That was what my husband and I were thinking also. My husband was laid off from one job in January, and now his current employer is also laying off workers. But because his employer is not a big company with hundreds of employees, you won't hear about it in the news, especially since they're only laying off 5 or 10 at a time. I feel bad for all people out there who are losing their jobs, no matter where they worked. Why keep focusing on those who worked at Century Aluminum? I think a better series would have been to focus on a different family each day, from other companies and careers.
  • by april Location: parkersburg on Mar 18, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    my heart goes out to all the displaced workers in wv and oh. i hope they find other employment fast. ravenswood aluminum was not the only plant that has closed due to the recession, but for some reason everybody is oly focusing on the workers. what about all the other plants in this area that is laying off or closing down. please take these workers into consideration also
  • by Kay Location: Parkersburg on Mar 18, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    14 or 15 jobs listed on your job search site? More people than that were laid off just yesterday from my husband's employer.
  • by denny Location: parkersburg on Mar 17, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    i feel sorry for the family but as we all know im sure mr ewing crossed the picket line back in 93. so he took a job frm another union worker and knw has lost his job, so please make these facts known that others have lost there jobs and didnt have to scab to get that job.i agree more schooling is needed for the displaced workers and there family.
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