As the Wichita school district struggles to cut 30 million dollars from its spending plan to balance next year’s budget, 72 full-time positions are being eliminated. There is little doubt that “Phase Three” of the cuts will include more jobs lost.
Meanwhile, Sedgwick County will urge some workers to take an early-retirement package and may be terminating the employment of others. These government entities are experiencing the kind of labor adjustments that private industry has been seeing over the past three years or more.
Government managers don’t like to cut employees any more than private managers do. But sometimes it’s necessary to keep the enterprise going.
Still, feeling the pain of being fired is never pleasant for anyone. I know because it’s happened to both my wife and me. The circumstances were beyond our control, with both of us demonstrating loyalty and superior performance for years in those jobs.
It’s tough. Even tougher … losing a job if you’re over the age of 40. Done that, too!
Our thought for today is from Calvin Coolidge:
“More people out of work leads to higher unemployment.”