Mill Worker Says She's Considering Moving for Next Job
YAKIMA, Wa - In many instances, mill workers at Yakima Resources had been working there for decades. Now, they are looking for work and may have to consider moving away to find job with equal pay, health insurance and benefits.
"We are Pacific Woodtech..." says Greg Overby as he addresses the twenty or so mill workers in attendance.
Two companies came to Yakima to meet with laid off mill workers. Mill workers like Judi Armstrong listened closely. She's willing to move now more than ever before.
"I'm eager to do something different... A big change," she says.
Armstrong worked at the mill for almost 30 years, until Yakima Resources made the decision to close it down on Saturday. She was born and raised in Yakima, but is open to leaving now. Unlike many other mill workers who have been laid off, she is not tied down.
"My children are grown and away. My house is paid for. My car is paid for," says Armstrong.
She may be a perfect match for Pacific Woodtech. Overby says the company is looking for people with a long-standing track record in the lumber industry.
"With the closure of the Yakima Resources plant, we know there'd be some quality people to pull from so we're trying to be one of the first companies to come over and say hi, put a name to the face," he says.
Armstrong is looking for health insurance and benefits. Her perspective has changed over the years. She's now realizing that there is a life and a new career after working at the mill.
"It's funny you say that because I always felt there never was, but of course the answer to that is yes there is."
WorkSource Yakima says that these mill workers could be eligible for up to $800 in moving expenses if they do decide to relocate through the dislocated workers program.