Straight Talk About Tough Job Market: Central Labor Council Puts On Employment Event

By Jeff Neumeyer

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- If you're out of work or worried about your financial future, you can feel stressed and isolated.

An event in Fort Wayne Wednesday is designed to boost the spirits of those who feel down and out in the work world.

The public is invited to what's being called "Voices of Unemployed and Anxiously Employed Workers".

7 p.m. Wednesday, organizers hope to fill up seats in the Cinema Center Theater on East Berry, to hear the perspectives of those affected by the tough job market.

An engineer from the area who went back to school to get her masters degree, conducted in-depth interviews with 20 people about the emotional toll they've experienced because of workplace issues.

Presenters like Jane Gresham have been chosen to read excerpts from the interviews.

Jane Gresham/Presenter: " I should be working, and I should be getting ready for retirement, and I can't. I don't even have any money to retire. All the money I've saved is gone."

Tom Lewandowski/N.E. Ind. Central Labor Council: " The idea is, how do we capture this and turn it into voice, then power. How do we affect these things?"

Among the questions asked in the in-depth interviews-- what was your experience like at the unemployment office?

Also, those surveyed were asked, how they took care of basic needs such as food, housing and utilities, and were they able to take care of their health care needs while out of work?

Lewandowski hopes the touching excerpts will spark some conversation about how problems can be fixed.

Anybody can show up, and it's free of charge.

The event is a way to personalize a powerful issue impacting so many in our society.

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