Life After a Layoff is Always Hard — But It’s Even Tougher at 61Life After a Layoff is Always Hard — But It’s Even Tougher at 61
Lindsay Patterson speaks at a BlueGreen Alliance event in 2010. | Photo courtesy BlueGreen Alliance
A look at how one baby boomer is coping with losing his steel job of nearly 25 years.
Lindsay Patterson had worked for nearly 25 years at Allied Tube and Conduit Corp. in Northeast Philadelphia when the plant ended operations on Oct. 5, 2015.
Out of a job at the age of 61, Patterson didn’t have many options. He found it difficult to find a similar job, and considered Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a federal program that retrains laid-off manufacturing workers for new careers.
But Patterson quickly realized TAA is not really beneficial to a man of his age.
“They talk about retraining like that is something easy to do. Well here I am, 61-years-old and I’m going to go back to community college to do what? Unless I become a genius and become a doctor, I’m still not going to get any work,” Patterson said. “Not any real work. They keep saying retrain, but at this age, for what? That’s okay for young kids but for older folks retraining is too late.”