It now seems as though if I HAD left what I have to take it I would be unemployed myself at this point as they seem to have essentially let go everybody they could. Not the cuts they should have made, or even the ones they actually wanted to, as union rules kicked in. So it seems they just had to let go everybody they COULD, which amounted to everybody without tenure, which I of course would not have had after less than one year. And I would be worse off than I am at this point.
So looking at the proverbial "Silver Lining" - when they start re-hiring again I'll have a lot more documented experience