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Auto workers flee to health-care jobs

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story, which includes an interview of a Norwalk native, appeared in the Sept. 11 Wall Street Journal:


DETROIT In the mid-1960s, Horace Warren joined one of the largest worker migrations in U.S. history. He moved here from Alabama to take a job in the booming auto industry, and for more than 40 years Detroit's Big Three provided jobs for Warren and his children.

Now his family is part of a huge new wave of migration away from the auto industry. As manufacturers here attack bloated costs by trimming excess workers with expensive union jobs, they have offered buyouts that have let tens of thousands of employees launch new careers. Among these former auto workers, the most popular choice is the very field that auto-industry executives have blamed for their competitive woes: health care.

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