Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#91750 Sep 19, 2013
I got laid off today, along with 8 others (that's 27, I think, for the year so far). I hear it's going to get worse. Got some severence, an excellent letter of recommendation.

My boss told me, and I know she meant it, that she would rather keep me because I know way more software/computer stuff than my counterpart (the woman who comes in between 10 and 11 each day, despite having been *ordered* to be there by 9 at least twice) and I get in early to open the office, and take care of supporting the engineers for three hours before my boss/coworker arrive... but my two coworkers are older (60 or so) and would have more trouble finding another job and they need the health insurance.(I don't?)

Oh well. It's the kick int he pants I've been needing for a couple of years now. I'll get drunk tonight, throw my own private pity party, and then file for unemployment tomorrow (and hope I won't need it), take Nick out for Oktoberfest (I'm the DD) with our softball team, and then get going on job hunting this weekend. Already have everything set up on Monster.com , just need to do one more step.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#91751 Sep 19, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I got laid off today, along with 8 others (that's 27, I think, for the year so far).
How's Obama's economy working out for you?

I'm all that remains of originally eight out of my company. And our parent company has laid off over two hundred.

Been looking for a new job because I see the writing on the wall, but to no avail so far. And I know people who've been on the unemployment line for close to a year now and aren't any closer to finding anything. If I wasn't needed in South Carolina next week, I'd be on the unemployment line as well.

Good luck to ya! Really mean that.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#91752 Sep 19, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>That is such a sad story about our current society....those parents should pay for everything.....
how so you assign culpability? I doubt every kid who made an appearance at the party took part in the vandalism.
If someone has a picture showing your kid was there at some point, but nothing to show how long he was there and no evidence of him destroying anything, how much $$ would you pony up?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#91753 Sep 19, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>how so you assign culpability? I doubt every kid who made an appearance at the party took part in the vandalism.
If someone has a picture showing your kid was there at some point, but nothing to show how long he was there and no evidence of him destroying anything, how much $$ would you pony up?
Some of the kids, will alway's squeal, and if not....Proper Juvenile Judge will assign equal parts of the repairs to each participant, then watch the kids memory clear...Bru-ha-ha-ha.....Wisdo m of Solomon approach....
A noted observer

Roselle, IL

#91754 Sep 19, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
How's Obama's economy working out for you?
I'm all that remains of originally eight out of my company. And our parent company has laid off over two hundred.
Been looking for a new job because I see the writing on the wall, but to no avail so far. And I know people who've been on the unemployment line for close to a year now and aren't any closer to finding anything. If I wasn't needed in South Carolina next week, I'd be on the unemployment line as well.
Good luck to ya! Really mean that.
Labor costs money. You understand that. It's not Obama's fault that corporations know this. We live in a country where wildly successful corporations- like Walmart, our largest employer- don't WANT to pay a living wage. They make billions in profits now and still would make billions if they paid a living wage but, that would cut into profits. You understand that. Worse, they don't even want to pay the minimum wage. They want to pay less. You understand that. It's sadly amusing that republicans of more modest means support this even while noting they are the last man standing in their company....for now...You understand that.

The House will be back in session soon. They'll vote against healthcare for the 42nd time and maybe shut down the government. Then they'll tell idiots that it's Obama's fault.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#91756 Sep 19, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I got laid off today, along with 8 others (that's 27, I think, for the year so far). I hear it's going to get worse. Got some severence, an excellent letter of recommendation.
My boss told me, and I know she meant it, that she would rather keep me because I know way more software/computer stuff than my counterpart (the woman who comes in between 10 and 11 each day, despite having been *ordered* to be there by 9 at least twice) and I get in early to open the office, and take care of supporting the engineers for three hours before my boss/coworker arrive... but my two coworkers are older (60 or so) and would have more trouble finding another job and they need the health insurance.(I don't?)
Oh well. It's the kick int he pants I've been needing for a couple of years now. I'll get drunk tonight, throw my own private pity party, and then file for unemployment tomorrow (and hope I won't need it), take Nick out for Oktoberfest (I'm the DD) with our softball team, and then get going on job hunting this weekend. Already have everything set up on Monster.com , just need to do one more step.
I think this will make you go for new and better things ahead. I really do! Sux to deal with it, though.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#91757 Sep 19, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
How's Obama's economy working out for you?
I'm all that remains of originally eight out of my company. And our parent company has laid off over two hundred.
Been looking for a new job because I see the writing on the wall, but to no avail so far. And I know people who've been on the unemployment line for close to a year now and aren't any closer to finding anything. If I wasn't needed in South Carolina next week, I'd be on the unemployment line as well.
Good luck to ya! Really mean that.
I actually know they will NOT reduce the salary of the overpaid top people b/c then they think they cannot attract the top talent. What they don't realize, and they will eventually, the staff jas had enough and they are overworked b/c where I work what used to be 4 people is now 1. Everyone is looking. The "top people" are losing their assistants that make them money b/c they do everything they don't know how to do, and people are finding better jobs. I'm not so sure some cf corporations that are cutting back are going to end up in prime position. Some will, some won't.
So, while some of it is the economy, some of it is greed. And stupidity. It'll all get sorted out, eventually.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#91758 Sep 19, 2013
BTW -- above I'm speaking only about the place I work. I have no idea how other companies are handling things.

Lord knows you have to be specific b/c people can't figure those little things out!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#91759 Sep 19, 2013
A noted observer wrote:
Labor costs money. You understand that. It's not Obama's fault that corporations know this.
No sht, Sherlock.
A noted observer wrote:
like Walmart, our largest employer- don't WANT to pay a living wage.
What exactly is a "living wage?"
A noted observer wrote:
They make billions in profits now and still would make billions if they paid a living wage but, that would cut into profits. You understand that. Worse, they don't even want to pay the minimum wage. They want to pay less.
"They, they, they." Who exactly are "they?" Those in corporate? THEY make a "living wage." I suppose you think the unskilled button pushing teenage cashier should make no less than fifty thousand a year? The same as the advanced-degreed forty year old who spent fifteen years climbing the corporate latter?
A noted observer wrote:
It's sadly amusing that republicans of more modest means support this even while noting they are the last man standing in their company....for now...
There's a reason I'm the "last man standing." Can you guess? Is it my work ethic? Education? Sacrifices I've made for the company's benefit?

Or because of my entitled attitude that the company "owes" me for some reason?
A noted observer wrote:
The House will be back in session soon. They'll vote against healthcare for the 42nd time and maybe shut down the government. Then they'll tell idiots that it's Obama's fault.
Obama can prevent a shutdown. He's refusing to budge in hopes of blaming Republicans. It's all a shell-game.

Obamacare is the most destructive thing that can happen to our economy, jobs, deficit, and recovery. Obamacare will never be repealed while Democrats hold the Senate. The best we can do for now is withhold funding. Not until Republicans retake the Senate next year can we finally get rid of Obama's fiasco. For now, we'll take what we can get.
cheluzal

Plant City, FL

#91760 Sep 19, 2013
That sucks, Angela.
I would be screwed if I had to rely on unemployment--I doubt it would cover my bills, and I have excellent credit and intend to keep it that way.
My job is pretty secure and I know I'm blessed; it will sketchier when I try to find a prof job.

Obamacare is the fattest joke around; even my lib friends realize what a fiscal disaster it will be! Everyone is already short-changing people's hours and benefits and it will only get worse. Of course, the leeches on the system will still be paid by us workers. Socialism is not what this country was founded on....so haves or have nots? I'm trying to at least inch up to a have.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#91761 Sep 19, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> Some of the kids, will alway's squeal, and if not....Proper Juvenile Judge will assign equal parts of the repairs to each participant, then watch the kids memory clear...Bru-ha-ha-ha.....Wisdo m of Solomon approach....
First one to squeal ain't necessarily telling the truth. You'll take the word of a bunch of kids in trouble? What's to stop several of them from concocting a story blaming your kid who didn't do any of it?

Sucks to be this guy, I hope he gets his shit taken care of, but I don't see any way to determine with any certainty who damaged his property other than someone providing cell phone videos from the party that caught some of the vandalism as it occurred.
A noted observer

Roselle, IL

#91762 Sep 19, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
There's a reason I'm the "last man standing." Can you guess? Is it my work ethic? Education? Sacrifices I've made for the company's benefit?
I'm gonna guess...your oral sex skills and/or it's cheaper to pay you rather than 7 others doing a job.
A noted observer

Roselle, IL

#91763 Sep 19, 2013
cheluzal wrote:
That sucks, Angela.
I would be screwed if I had to rely on unemployment--I doubt it would cover my bills, and I have excellent credit and intend to keep it that way.
My job is pretty secure and I know I'm blessed; it will sketchier when I try to find a prof job.
Obamacare is the fattest joke around; even my lib friends realize what a fiscal disaster it will be! Everyone is already short-changing people's hours and benefits and it will only get worse. Of course, the leeches on the system will still be paid by us workers. Socialism is not what this country was founded on....so haves or have nots? I'm trying to at least inch up to a have.
Wait- people can't live on unemployment??? I thought it was a gravy train that people opted for rather than working- like Welfare is! It's not?

So, companies "short-changing people's hours and benefits" isn't greed on the company's part? Is it just good business then? Patriots fighting socialism?

I learn so much here.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#91764 Sep 19, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I got laid off today, along with 8 others (that's 27, I think, for the year so far). I hear it's going to get worse. Got some severence, an excellent letter of recommendation.
My boss told me, and I know she meant it, that she would rather keep me because I know way more software/computer stuff than my counterpart (the woman who comes in between 10 and 11 each day, despite having been *ordered* to be there by 9 at least twice) and I get in early to open the office, and take care of supporting the engineers for three hours before my boss/coworker arrive... but my two coworkers are older (60 or so) and would have more trouble finding another job and they need the health insurance.(I don't?)
Oh well. It's the kick int he pants I've been needing for a couple of years now. I'll get drunk tonight, throw my own private pity party, and then file for unemployment tomorrow (and hope I won't need it), take Nick out for Oktoberfest (I'm the DD) with our softball team, and then get going on job hunting this weekend. Already have everything set up on Monster.com , just need to do one more step.
That's rotten, but you have been complaining about some of eh prima donnas there for a while.

Take COBRA. A speaker at our local Chamber of Commerce has explained that the health carriers are not issuing individual policies until they see what ACA aka Obamacare settles into.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#91766 Sep 20, 2013

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#91767 Sep 20, 2013
PEllen wrote:
Take COBRA.
Right. Cobra only costs about $1500 a month. Someone making $1200 a month on unemployment should totally be able to afford that.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#91768 Sep 20, 2013
A noted observer wrote:
<quoted text>Wait- people can't live on unemployment??? I thought it was a gravy train that people opted for rather than working- like Welfare is! It's not?
Unemployment would pay me about half what I'm making now. And I'm barely scraping by as it is. So no, I wouldn't be able to live on unemployment.
A noted observer wrote:
So, companies "short-changing people's hours and benefits" isn't greed on the company's part?
No. They have a bottom dollar to watch, too. If they're not profitable, they go out of business. It's good business sense.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#91769 Sep 20, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>First one to squeal ain't necessarily telling the truth. You'll take the word of a bunch of kids in trouble? What's to stop several of them from concocting a story blaming your kid who didn't do any of it?
Sucks to be this guy, I hope he gets his shit taken care of, but I don't see any way to determine with any certainty who damaged his property other than someone providing cell phone videos from the party that caught some of the vandalism as it occurred.
First, it is gonna be easy to identify, what teens were there, by all the photos....next, the Judge assigns equal portions of the damage to each's parents....Once the parent's realize the amount of financial outlay.....I'm guessing within hours, the lead detective will have an almost flawless version of events......believe me, it will work....

“On Deck”

Since: Aug 08

French Polynesia

#91770 Sep 20, 2013
Yeah, that's too bad about losing your job, Red.
That's why my loyalty to any company is paper thin.
-----
I had my bike stolen out of my driveway last year.
After very little contemplation I decided not to call the police to file a report. I knew my chances of ever seeing my bike again were slim to none at best.
I think it was a transient who took it, and that the police use those types of statistics to justify hiring more police.
The community is too far gone and more poice will not help. More police is not being pro-active in preventing crime.
So anyway, I have decided to move.
The community loses when people like me leave.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

Location hidden

#91771 Sep 20, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Right. Cobra only costs about $1500 a month. Someone making $1200 a month on unemployment should totally be able to afford that.
Not quite, the average cost of cobra can range fron $400 and up. It all depends on the company's health plans. Yes, it's expensive but you keep throwing out these comments as facts. You're still a vault of misinformation.

My prediction: Hillary Clinton next president, next one will be Chelsea. By then your head will explode.

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