The first group of employees to lose their jobs at Bridgestone/Firestone's Dayton Tire factory in Oklahoma City will learn details of their severance packages at meetings today and Friday, the company said.
But company spokesman Dan MacDonald said the factory closure comes after the [union] contract has expired, so the job losses are terminations.
"You can't call it a layoff, since those employees will not be called back to the plant," MacDonald said.
The company gave its official notice in July, saying the factory would close by Dec. 31 with the loss of more than 1,400 jobs. The typical production worker at Dayton makes about $900 a week, not including benefits, according to the company.
Local union officials said the company has put employees in Oklahoma City in a tough position, especially as the remainder of the job losses — 1,000 — will come in the week before Christmas.
This is just one of the many manufacturing job plant closings in the Oklahoma City area. Given the high wages these workers garnered for the local area, it will be very difficult for them to find work that will be comparable in pay and benefits to the job they are losing.