We've had a couple older guys make their way into the plant maint. dept., both in their early 60's.
One, John is his name, had a pension from a union job he'd had for over thirty years. His pension went to PBGC and he lost a big chunk of income when his former employer (A paper mill, here in VA.) went through bankruptcy. Doesn't qualify for SS for a few more years.
The other, Rich, was living off a 401k. Funny thing about those...they follow the stock market and the stock market doesn't seem to give a damn if you're ready when it decides to tank. And, if you're drawing from it, instead of paying in when that happens, it never recovers. Better way my ass. Better for who?
Both are good workers, they don't shy away from anything. But, I was watching the one guy, John, pump a grease gun one night. I could tell it was painful. I think he has arthritis pretty bad, but he didn't complain.
Tough deal. I hate to see it.
I like John. The first thing he said to me after he introduced himself was; "Know anybody that collects old stereo stuff around here?" Turns out he's one of us.