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Friday, June 05, 2009

Ok, Here's the deal

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The company I work for ( whom I'm not mentioning by name for a reason- I don't want any "Google search" hits) is starting a brand new program in their pharmacies. It sounds interesting and scary at the same time, but one of the things we'd heard ( and they are keeping a VERY tight lid on details!) is that staff reductions are a major part of it. Up to 50% of the present staff will be "severanced" out.

We had thought that the meetings Tuesday were to be the first part of the "re-interviews" to keep our jobs. But it was a talk with a HR Lawyer, about what our options were, and how the whole process was going to be handled.

Basically, I have 2 choices:

1- Go through the interviews, tests, etc. and take the chance that I will retain my job. If I don't- I get about 12 weeks pay, and a "so long, thanks for the memories". No other benefits. NADA! ( AND because of the way they are working it- IE the "severances", you do NOT qualify for unemployment!!!)

2- Because I have 26+ years, I can take a "Voluntary Severance" package, which basically means I will get a year's pay ( 2 weeks for every year worked) and can keep my medical for at least 6 months, perhaps up to a year.

Seniority is not an "edge" in this process. Recomendations from your bosses are only 1/3 of the total process. And they will put you where they see fit- not necessarily where you want to work ( in other words, I could get stuck working and a 24 hour store on the graveyard shift!) You take what they give- or you're out.

This whole thing has had me depressed for days. I'm only 4 & 1/2 years from qualifying for retirement from this company ( which would have allowed me to keep ALL of my benefits for life!) I've worked my arse off to be the best employee I can be. I've gone into work sick, the day after a surgery, and been what I always thought a good employee was supposed to be...... And now this?

Needless to say, after a long, LONG, talk with Jon, and an equally long talk with Mr. P, and my pharmacy Manager ( hereafter called "L") I've decided to go with option #2. Which means sometime in July/early August, I will no longer have a job.

I've been working my whole life. So many of the things I'd been taught about work-ethic and such has become a big-old rug that has been yanked out from under me. Oh, I know I'll get by. And I'm sure I'll find another job ( I've got a year- that's more than most people out of work these days!) But this whole situation just SUCKS! I love my job. I love the people I work with! My customers know my name, and treat me as a trusted friend.

Sorry, I'm just soooooo frustrated right now. It will take some time for me to be at peace about this. Just bare with me, OK?

Anyway, someone tell a good joke- I could use one right now!!!

The good news is- I'll have more time for this Blog, right?!

Yeah, keep thinking that KC!

Peace and Love, KC

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