I needed extra income to support my retirement income so I hired in full time at age 66 with no difficulty concerning my age. I found so many employees there in my age group that I was amazed. I much later retired full time from there and gave notice but they were very gracious and human resources said I was welcome back any time if I ever wanted to return. Their benefits and pay were excellent and management really works well with its employees there.
When I first went interviewing for jobs I actually had some tell me I would not get along with the other workers because they were all very young. Utility Consultants had younger people working too but that was never brought up. I also got my friend a job here and she is older too.
Gov. Walker has created an entirely and wholly discriminating environment for the UW campuses. What he took away was our longer term employee ability to transfer into new or higher level positions which used to be a BENEFIT for long term employees. We had seniority and we no longer receive any reward for long term employment. Instead I have seen a huge trend toward "the younger generation" being brought in consistently before longer term employees. I suppose maybe it is cheaper to hire the "newbies" but it is hard enough to stay ahead of the game as it is when you become older.
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After reading the comments by those who express their perspective of age related discriminating practices by more than a few employers, I felt very concerned for older workers that need/desire employment. I wonder if these employers understand that it is not just the revenue from young adults that keep them in business. I wonder how they would survive if the older generation would stop supporting their businesses. I also wonder if these employers understand the principle of sowing and reaping? I am grateful to your agency for providing the results of your survey and your commitment to provide older workers with reliable job leads.
-- Marie Moore, AARP