New job: Financial services representative, State Employees’ Credit Union
After she lost her job at Leviton, where she ran the materials requirement department for 28 years, Miller wanted to go back and finish school, but was denied federal money to do so. She wrote her congressman, and eventually received funds that enabled her to complete a four year degree in accounting. She now works at the State Employees’ Credit Union as a financial services representative, earning $30,000. At Leviton, she was making $45,000.
“Manufacturing in the United States is just fading away. To walk out of a place you’ve been for 28 years, there was a lot of sadness. I was concerned because of my age and because of my lack of education. Here I was, 50, not old enough to draw retirement, not old enough to draw Social Security, no health insurance.”
(Corrects Miller's degree)