I was working for a company here in Chattanooga that received tax concessions and other benefits with the proviso that they double their workforce and expand their Chattanooga facility. Some of the jobs were supported by the WIA program which meant that they got large subsidies for training workers for these jobs. They signed the papers, took the subsidies and the tax benefits, and when the economy started to sour they laid off these trained workers making good money and replaced us with no benefit temps. Of course they kept the subsidies and tax breaks. Did Chattanooga protest? No.... These Yankees got a great deal. Now I have gone through most of the hiring process for VW as a multi skilled maintenance worker. I have taken the written test, the skills test, and had a personal interview. Overall I have been pleased with the process except for one thing. My interview was weeks ago and I would have expected a polite letter informing me of my status. Perhaps an email would be in order. Maybe I am just too old for them. I have over 30 years experience in the field and I am close to being homeless. I would work for entry level pay. I am not asking for the world, just a chance. Right now I am one of the 30,000. Will I be one of the 800? I pray that I am. Their are plenty of qualified workers in Chattanooga. Don't forget us.