The ashland workers in West Virginia, the first unionized manufacturing workers in the United States, were among the hardest-hit in the economic crisis of 2008-09.
They lost their jobs and pensions, and were forced to live in poverty.
They faced long hours and long commutes, and few jobs for younger workers who could not find other jobs.
In the end, a majority of workers were laid off or were forced into part-time work.
In West Virginia alone, more than 20,000 workers lost their job or were laid-off during the crisis, according to the West Virginia Employment Security Center.
And even though the state’s unemployment rate is currently just 3.7%, unemployment among the workers is nearly four times higher than the national average, according the Center for American Progress.
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