Unnatural Causes: Not Just a Paycheck
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down.
Before the plant closed, Electrolux workers led a middle class life—owning homes, buying new cars and taking vacations. Now most are scraping by on severance pay, unemployment benefits and a health plan that will end in a year. As personal finances spiral downward, health follows.
In the year after the plant closure, the local hospital’s caseload tripled because of depression, alcoholism and domestic abuse. And the lay-offs not only affect workers but their families and the entire community as well.*
Tuesday, February 26
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Berrien County Health Department