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WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Snow On Cars

As if the roads aren't dangerous enough, the "ice cakes" on top of vehicles can also break windshields. Some of these ice cakes can weigh quite a bit. So it means you have a couple of extra scoops with the shovel after you clear your car. The potential damage you eliminate is well worth the few minutes spent. As for the wanna-be tank drivers out there...looking out the pillbox sized window opening in the windshield, go join the Army if you want to drive like that. I appreciate the truck drivers who clear the tops of their rigs...a sign of a professional driver.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #25)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

It's not a double standard at all. You're always welcome to haggle with a business. They are also within their rights to refuse to do so. at&t isn't haggling as it's a CONTRACTUAL matter. The haggling came at the bargaining table where the contract came to be. Some other person on here seems to think that all workers are able to follow the work which has ABSOLUTELY no truth to it. I was never offered that opportunity; my center is closing and the work routed to the midwest. As for your top dollar for at&t workers, that's a nice concept, as it should be the goal of every worker, to get top dollar else you sell yourself short. In our case, it was negotiated by the company and the union that we get the wages we do. You're entitled to believe that we're grossly overpaid. I have no complaints about the compensation I receive for what I do and the level at which I do it. I have a problem with HOW the company tries to justify their cuts on lies and misnomers. They're not losing money. Customer service continues to worsen due to the fact that midwesterners are as good at CT small-town geographical logistics as you would be to manage the network in rural Michigan from your garage. If you don't know the area, you're already behind your competition and your customers. When the 611 call center here was closed, one of our midwest counterparts said that Newington didn't exist. Don't blame the CT employees for the shortcomings of the ill-equipped elsewhere. When all those at&t employees are gone, think of all that revenue to CT businesses, and taxes (sales & property) that will also go elsewhere or come in at a much lower level. In that sense, all employees are union employees. We all pay taxes (or are supposed to) to keep our region afloat. We are but one small state in the union. Keep letting workers go without a fight and it will not be long before it's one small impoverished state.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #187)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

There was another very appealing reason that SBC gobbled up SNET. SNET had a massive amount of liquidity in its retirement fund. MASSIVE. Cash is a great motivator. Once they had their crap-scratchers all over the money, CT was essentially a divot and is being treated as such. The best practices for revenue generation were held by SNET, yet all of the practices have a TX look to them now. Go figure...just figure on lower numbers across the board.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #181)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

So if you have ADD or ADHD, you can't be well educated? Tell me you meant something else  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #180)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

See my 2nd posting. Not only do phone company employees answer the bell when it comes to going to work regardless of how horrific the weather conditions, but healthcare professionals and other utility workers as well. Everyone's services should be appreciated, but for some out there, that just will never happen. So God forbid if someone should crash into a pole in bad weather, but remember the phone company worker and the electric company worker who respond to restore your service in those conditions while the health care professional is already there waiting to put that person back together.  (Jan 9, 2009 | post #61)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

If you didn't like the service and you went elsewhere, fine. Something tells me that a customer like you can never be satisfied. Most people are like that in reality. If you give them something for free, they'd complain that the line is too long to get it. People complain that their bill is too high. Bills are too high regardless of supplier but it's not set by the union workers who make sure you get the service. People complain that their car insurance is too high and they shop around. That's fine, but you're still paying a lot of money. And that's for something you hope you'll never use! You want to complain that nurses and doctors make too much money too? I bet that complaining stops when your pain does or they're saving your sorry butt. Then they're worth their weight in gold, right? People need to blame the CEO's and Board of Directors, which is where it belongs. Union workers are like everyone else in this state, they're people. They spend money in big stores and the "Mom & Pop" joints. They buy food, clothes, and everything else that you do. They are your neighbors, your friends, or friends of your friends. They don't begrudge you your lifestyle or the wage you make for whatever you do for a living. If you think that these workers are so grossly overcompensated, why not apply for a position and live the alleged high life? We're just as vulnerable as anyone else and susceptible to being as unemployed as the next "Joe" or "Joanne" at the whim of "The Man."  (Jan 9, 2009 | post #39)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

AT&T workers rally for jobs

Well said. While the TV stations post all the closings and restrictions for the state in bad weather, SNET workers cleared their cars and went to work. It wasn't an option and the workers took pride in doing it. A great many of them still do even though our logo doesn't say SNET. The work ethic remains while the tools and the personnel to carry out the mission become depleted. So while you sit in the comfort of your home watching the weather forecast and telling your employer that you're not going to be in, remember, the phone system was put in and maintained by people who care. By the way, that forecast you're watching, the electricity comes from essentiallly the same pole and those people go in during that same crappy weather risking their lives not only on the highways and roads, but with downed lines just to make sure you have your lights on. What's that worth to you?  (Jan 9, 2009 | post #24)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Former postal worker admits stealing mail

I wonder if any of those scratch off tickets were winners. Not like there's going to be restitution for that. Hard time seems appropriate. The postal system likes to pontificate about how sacrosanct the U.S. Postal System and its contents are. Prove it. Eat your own.  (Dec 9, 2008 | post #12)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Ledyard man arrested for using charcoal grill indoors

his self? I can't believe that News Challenged 8 thinks this is a top story. Then again, I can. I hope his neighbors recovered and that the cops got there after he finished his burgers. Breaking news! Burnt weiners on a grill in Plainfield! Film at 11!  (Dec 2, 2008 | post #7)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Teacher arrested for possession of crack

Quitting starts when you decide to stop. Not some arbitrary 1 year mark or any other. Who the hell are you to decide? I quit back in 1986 and it started when I threw them in the trash, not when you decided I had met some goal of yours. Explain your quitting logic to the alcoholic or the person with some other chemical dependency. Doesn't hold up, now does it?  (Nov 10, 2008 | post #145)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Farm thefts grow with tough economy

But you paid it. Did you bother to haggle?  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #4)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Farm thefts grow with tough economy

Or maybe a big dog that barks loud and some motion-sensor lighting? Branding the bottom of pumpkins is a bit labor intensive but would make it easier to prove that the stolen goods were his. Who looks at the bottoms of pumpkins when they're displayed?  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #2)

WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut

Crackdown on prostitution in New Haven

Rose looks like she just finished a UFC bout...leading with her face. Can't the cops give these "ladies" a few hours to primp for their mug shots? PLEASE? I'm trying to eat breakfast here.  (Oct 30, 2008 | post #4)

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