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Older Displaced Workers and Work-Retirement Options: A Case Study.

Root, Kenneth A. and Rosemarie J. Park,

In 1998 and 1999, more than 200 male workers at the United Defense plant in Fridley, Minnesota, were displaced from their jobs due to reduced demand for military hardware and to the company reallocating production work to corporate sites in other parts of the United States. This article summarizes a longitudinal case study of the displaced United Defense workers, focusing on their desire and options for new work and the factors influencing their decisions to work or retire. Because most of the workers who lost jobs were over the age of 50, this case study also examines how older workers who have been made redundant are impacted by job loss in their retirement versus work decisions. The authors found that retirement might have come earlier than expected for some men in the study, in part because of perceived age discrimination but also because wages at new work sites were below their prior United Defense wages. On the whole, however, most of the men who wanted to work found work and those who wanted to retire were also able to do so. Based on their findings, the authors conclude that various programs and policies might help dislocated defense industry workers with their transition to retirement or new employment, including retraining options and preretirement counseling for older workers.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported through a New Initiative Grant from CURA.
33 (3): 1-7
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