(AP) Some textile workers here are getting frustrated with the state of their industries.
They’re not seeing any improvements in pay and benefits.
Lafayette, Indiana, is among the hardest-hit areas in the country.
It’s also one of the nation’s largest textile industry hubs.
LAFayette textile workers are mostly immigrants.
They often speak English and have been here for years.
But they’re frustrated by the state and the policies they’ve been exposed to.
It started with the Affordable Care Act.
They have been promised better pay and better benefits, but they don’t see any.
The Affordable Care act is a big reason for the job losses in LAFayettts textile industry.
The health care law was enacted in 2010 and it included an expansion of Medicaid coverage for working families.
Laundry workers who work for the state have had their insurance premiums rise by 20 percent.
It took some time for the bill to go through Congress, but it passed in 2014 and now employers like LAFaye are paying workers more and more for health care.
The new coverage also requires employers to offer a job-training program.
L AFaye’s textile workers have been getting those jobs in the past.
But now they’re facing a new wave of the health care overhaul that was signed into law last month.
The ACA is expected to cost LAFayne $1.2 billion in lost wages, and many of the jobs they were promised were gone by the time the law went into effect.
The state has a shortage of workers.
It lost 4,200 textile workers in 2018 alone.LAFayette’s textile industry is one of more than 1,600 textile factories in Indiana.
It employs about 300 workers in total, according to the Indiana Department of Commerce.
The textile industry employs about 50,000 people, according the state.
The state’s textile manufacturing industry employs around 2,700 people.
Indiana’s textile mill workers make about $1 an hour.
Most of the textile mills in L AFayetttt’s textile factory are owned by the local governments of LAFey, and they pay workers about $5 an hour, according a spokesperson for the LAFyce, Indiana Department.
The workers are also struggling to find work because of the ACA.
Laffey is a major employer in Lafayettes textile manufacturing area.
There are some 400 workers at Laffy.
The company makes jeans, shirts, shoes and other apparel for businesses.
In 2019, it was paying the average wage of $9.20 an hour in Indiana, according an Indiana Labor Department report.
Lafaye has a long history of manufacturing, and workers in Laffayetts area are mostly from other parts of Indiana.
But LAFya workers here don’t have the same access to training as those in other textile manufacturing industries.
Most workers here have never been in an industrial setting before.
They have no formal training, and the training that they have is limited, said Debra Pardue, LAFoce’s president.
There’s no formal education program for LAFee workers.
The training they have from LAFyeas employees is very limited.
Some LAFeets workers have had to train in other parts in order to learn about the health insurance and job training program.
Some of the workers have received training in computer science, but there is not much in that field, Pardu said.
The Indiana Labor Commission has offered to help workers with the education costs and training they’ve received.
But it’s not enough.
Some workers have found jobs on the street or in low-paying jobs like waiters or waitresses, but most are still trying to find jobs.
They can’t get any better wages, said Erin D. Smith, a LAFaite’s president and an immigrant.
She said the workers can’t even find a job without a high school diploma.
“There is so much to be learned in this industry, and there is so little to be gained by a low-skilled worker,” Smith said.
“It’s a very hard job.”LAFyces textile industry was started by textile workers who moved to LAFaya in the 1970s.
That’s when the area became a hub for textile manufacturing in the United States.
Today, L AFyce’s textile mills employ around 5,000 workers.
It’s one of L AFaies largest factories.
L afyce employs about 1,000, according.
The textile industry in L afayet’s region was also the first textile manufacturing plant in Indiana to be certified by the National Association of Manufacturers in 1970.
The organization certified LAFoyce as a textile mill because of its low turnover rate and the quality of the products they make.
But as manufacturing in Indiana has boomed, so has the number of textile