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Waning era of the middle-class factory job | csmonitor.com
CLOUDED PROSPECTS IN FLINT: Mary and Neil Aremia-Van Alst have worked at Delphi for 10 years.
"It's a national problem that's going to escalate," says Mary's husband, Neil Van Alst
, who also works at Delphi
Such views are fed, in part, by the circumstances around them.As lifelong residents of this area, Mary and Neil
remember the Flint of their youth, then known as "Buick City," as a kind of automotive boomtown.
But if the concerns of Mary, Neil
, and other auto workers here are rooted in local circumstances, they also have broader grounding.
could do carpentry work.And both say they might train to be school teachers.In the meantime, they are trying to make sure their five children stick to the straight and narrow in their own education.
When one son got a few Ds last year, Neil
hammered home this point: "If you don't go to college you're not going to be able to afford an apartment, let alone a vehicle."
Their oldest daughter, ninth-grader Rachel, has a clear sense of the challenges the family faces."I want to keep my grades up," she
hopes for a career in healthcare, and hopes her
parents can keep their jobs and house.
But Neil Van Alst
says the industry should survive by creativity, as well as cutbacks.
"Step up and create more innovation," he