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Old 05-18-2018, 04:29 AM
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Yesterday One of the young mangers near quitting time said. This will be the last time I'll see you. Today may be the axe. This is a union shop. I have a few write ups for being sick. But they drop off after a 12 period. And mine not in danger with too many so I will find out today. Sunday I would start my 33rd year.
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Good luck, Daniel.

(Maybe the young manager is the one being axed...)
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With a lay off rumored to take place the next day , a 20 year plus employee asked if I was worried? Being a 5 year employee I replied no, if axed, I'm sure I could land a better job with a little longer commute. He stated he was glad he didn't have to worry with his seniority plus having a long time DOE security clearance and working inside the Q' room..... I never saw him him again during my tenure of 15 more years with the company! Looking back, I probably would of had a lot more opportunities and made more money had I gotten the axe.

I've always thought of hourly pay as cheap prostitution.
I'm selling you my mind, body and soul for these crumbs???

May the pendulum swing your way! Good Luck!
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Saw the ultimate 4 letter word for a title and thought "too early".
Hope things work out for you.
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When I retired from the AF I went to work for a defense contractor in quality assurance. We finished a big project they called a bunch of us in told us what a great job we did and laid us off.
I went over to a buddy of mine's house to update my resume on his computer. He saw one of the things I did was operate a CMM and had taken a class in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing he had just done an interview with an automotive molding company looking for someone who could do that and had that training.
I went to see them, got the job that paid more than the defense contractor would ever dream of, and stayed there over 20 years till I decided to retire from work. Best job and boss on the planet.
Any way getting laid off was a blessing so have hope it ain't over till it's over.
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I hope that it doesn't affect you. I worked central office equipment installation for the telephone company for 4.5 years. When their upgrade program was complete, it was adios. Worked out for me, but I was a young man then.
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OP I hope you come out of this OK.


As for me when I worked (union construction pipefitter/welder) I got laid off every job I had, and I had many. Find a job on your own or the union hall calls you and says your next on the go to work list. ( you do not want the job you go to the bottom of the work list!)

You go to the job and work till the job is over or they have a RIF. No first hired last fired in the building trades, you go when the higher ups say you go. Most times with no notice, close to the end of the work day, the boss/foreman just walks up hands you your last pay check says good by and shakes you hand.
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Union Glazier( Glass man) here, 20+ yrs. No big deal. We have a saying in the union- "feast or famine".The whole concept of the union is: When companies have a big project and need X amt of bodies of qualified( certified on every piece of equipment, with OSHA 10 or better{ I personally have OSHA 30}) people, every day(contractors actually walk around the job site, every day, to make sure every company has X amt of workers, on site) they call the union and go into contract, to get that job done. They have folks "on the bench" (waiting for work), so they go and do that project and then go back "on the bench" ( actually a list). IF we're lucky, we get to go from one project, right to another project( but it's very rare for contractors to coordinate project dates like that), OR a company hires us and keeps us on for long while, but nowadays, since the depression of 2009, that has went away, too. No big deal, gives me a chance to catch up on my "Honey do" list, on the Homestead and shoot more...lol
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Daniel Lawecki it'll all work out just fine.
I've never got a lay-off check that I didn't spend, and I've got lots of them. I worked out of a referral hall like NYlakesider and CCHGN. I lasted 38 years and I'm enjoying retirement.

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I got suddenly laid off in February 2009 after the parent company acquired some new companies and I got squeezed out. So there I was at age 56, with two mortgages and no income. I was able to get on unemployment but it wasn't enough to pay all the bills. I had to sell a car and a bunch of guns and ammunition. I figure I put out 200 job applications. My school placement office was not helpful because it dealt with getting recent graduates jobs, not middle aged guys who were suddenly laid off. I was blessed, however, when I got a temporary job that was advertised as being for 4 weeks, and ended up lasting for six months. That job ended but six weeks later I got a call from a company who hired a friend of mine who got laid off the week after I did and she put in a good word for me. The head of the company was happy to find somebody with experience and I got hired and was able to work there for 5 1/2 years until I could retire at a decent age.
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