We have heard about Hanford laying off workers for years now. Not only would this affect the workers and their families but it would also affect the economy. Workers who are laid off won't have employment benefits such as health insurance, sick leave, holiday and vacation pay, life insurance, disability insurance and retirement savings.
Without these benefits, families can't be stable, especially when they have kids who need to be cared for, which in turn affects the economy. Health care services will not be able to profit with such a drastic decrease of employment because of layoffs.
It is a vicious circle whether Hanford is running low on funds, which leads to layoffs because Hanford can't support its employees. Once Hanford can't support its employees families lose everything. And when families suffer, other services like stores see declining profits. When stores don't profit, the government loses money, and when the government loses money it can't provide for major sources such as Hanford.
Something needs to be done for this problem of laying off workers. Maybe by the government not putting money into other sources that aren't profiting, putting that money toward Hanford.
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KAYLA PEOPLES, Kennewick