HALF OF THE REPROGRAPHICS STAFF RETIRES
Dunn is not really done..
In his 30 years working for District 7 Reprographics, Everette Dunn has seen it all.
When he first started in Repro, there were 30 people working in that office. Each product they turned out, from plan documents to maps to miscellaneous printing, was very labor-intensive, requiring at least two people to perform the various tasks. They operated several presses, made frames for developing the large maps, did bookbinding and cutting, and performed all the camerawork and darkroom work for engineering materials.
“It was a big operation, and it was all precision work” Dunn said. “You had all the overtime you wanted.” There was even a night shift, he added. And the work was hard, mostly requiring standing.
Then, like something out of a science fiction movie, came the machines. “The new technology eliminated Repro,” Dunn said. Fewer and fewer people were needed until the office comprised a staff of two. “With these machines, all you need to do is push a button.”
Maybe so, but with only two operators, that’s a lot of buttons to push and a large operation to manage. This could be the reason why Dunn’s retirement lasted only for a weekend. After 40 years with the State, his last official working day was December 29, 2006. He returns on January 2, 2007, to his old job, this time as a retired annuitant.
Now, however, he is only working three days a week, an arrangement that suits him just fine. His three working days will be sandwiched between two three-day weekends, which will provide ample opportunity to work on his house, take short trips, garden, and hang out with other retired friends. “I’m going to put my finger in a little of everything,” Dunn said. And he really doesn’t mind coming back to the job he’s been doing all these years. “I’ve enjoyed the work,” he confessed. “This is all I know.”