Former construction worker's plans shaken up after nuclear shutdown
The nuclear layoffs of more than 5,000 construction workers is taking a toll and shaking up plans.
"The way it happened angered me because you put a lot of people in bad situations that they didn't ask to be in because this job was promising to be here for another 45 years," says Troy Ragin, a former nuclear plant employee.
But Ragin and hundreds of others are trying to get back up on their feet. The former coworkers were together again at a job fair Thursday.
It was organized by CB&I specifically for workers from the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. A spokesperson from the firm says the skills the former workers have are exactly what CB&I needs.
"It's good to see everyone's not at home wallowing in depression about it," says Ragin.
Ragin says he's not loosing up for other personal reasons; he is engaged to be married is preparing to buy a home.
"The last thing I want to do is make my fiance worry if I can provide. She's my motivation. I love her," says Ragin.
Senator Mike Fanning is pushing for the nuclear reactors to be completed so ratepayers and workers can get a return for their investments.
"This job fair is so important because while we work to get those reactors back up, we need to have something for the folks who've been doing the work all along. We appreciate CB&I coming in," says Fanning.
Ragin says he wants to encourage his now former coworkers to stay positive and instead look at the fact they have an opportunity.
"I trust God through all of it. I'm not going to get worried about it. The same way we got to this job, we'll find another one," says Ragin.