Kenneth Olsen lives in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district in Wisconsin. He wishes Ryan had been there to see his wife of 42 years slump in her chair and cry when he told her the news: His GE factory job is being eliminated.
The entire GE factory is moving to Canada.
“She’s looking at me, saying, ‘what are we going to do?'” Olsen, a soft-spoken 60-year-old said, pausing to brush away tears as he spoke to CNNMoney. “And I’m sitting there going, ‘I’m not sure.'”
Olsen earns nearly $30 an hour as a dispatcher at the GE Power plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The factory churns out big industrial engines. Olsen is the maestro of the welding department, coordinating where workers and parts go.