Toluca Workers Wonder What Will Happen Next

By Jeff Muniz

July 15, 2010 Updated Sep 26, 2007 at 8:04 PM CDT

A small, local town and the workers that filled a longtime factory there found out their future today.

The nearly 70 workers at Toluca Garment Company are looking for new work after the factory closed last Friday.

From those that sewed suits for 40 years to those that are trying to support a new family, a meeting under the Toluca Park Pavilion was full of frustration.

One worker, Regina Alden, said, "It's hard, hard, very hard, very hard."

Another, Nancy Bischler, said, "Money. I just bought a new car two months before this place closes. So now, I have 70 more payments, where's the money coming from."

Kathy Mann added, "I've got a lot of illnesses, at least 16 prescriptions to fill at one time. I don't have that kind of money."

A rapid response team from the state spelled out what's available for workers. They can file for unemployment, get their kids insured and try to find new work or take up training.

Sue Henry works at the plant and is the head of the union. She said, "Probably, part of it is closure. We needed answers and hopefully everybody got an answer to their questions on where we go from here."

Workers wonder when they'll get their next paycheck.

Tera Lurz said, "Why, why did he do this? Why can't we be guaranteed a paycheck on Friday. We shouldn't have to work for free for him to earn his money."

"I'd like to talk to Mr. Magliano, one time, one on one and ask him why. He's hurt a lot of people here," said Jami Roverson.

A pain not only felt by workers but a small town that's called this factory home since 1925.

The workers' union plans to file a lawsuit if they don't get their last paycheck.

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