CAT to Lay Off Workers for 5 Weeks

Published 10/02 2012 12:10PM

Updated 04/26 2013 12:12PM

DECATUR -- Caterpillar workers are bracing for the worst. The plant will lay off workers next month. The company says it's making cuts because customers are placing fewer orders. Now hundreds of workers will spend weeks without a job.

CAT representatives say the layoffs include one week in November, then four weeks in December. And no specific job is safe. About 20% of the workforce from the production line to management will be cut. One worker said that could be as many as 500 people, all right in the middle of the holiday season.

"There's been rumors going around that we were going to get a lay off."

But this Caterpillar worker, who asked to remain anonymous, never thought they'd come true. She was laid off over the summer, when G&D Integrated shut down its plant. Luckily, CAT had openings she was able to apply for.

"You never know if you were going to be able to pass the test that Caterpillar had or find another job," she said.

She got the job and things seemed to take a turn for the better.

"It felt good, I thought I was going to be doing better because at Caterpillar you're making a lot more money than G&D and I'm a single mom so I thought I was going to be doing alright."

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