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I may be losing my job tomorrow!

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I am so sorry you are going through this... It sucks so bad... bottom line is no matter how hard you work, many companies just feel that people are disposable... like, you are gone, we will replace you and pay that person less... It doesn't mean we shouldn't work hard to achieve goals, but it just stinks that this is the way it feels... You will be okay though, I promise... going through a similar situation, I know that in some way, things will find a way of working themselves out. My prayers and hopes are with you. You sound like a hard worker, you will find another job, don't worry.

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Sylvia, that's not the news I was hoping for...

 

Honestly it sounds like you are getting the shaft if you apply with the new company. I agree that they will most likely regret making this kind of decision a few months down the road. Communities hear about these kinds of things and react very negatively to companies that make these sorts of changes. Hopefully it all works out for you.

 

Good luck!

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Wow. I'm so sorry to hear your news, Sylvia. hug2.gif It sounds just so unfair and definitely like it shouldn't be legal... frown.gif

 

I agree with what other girls have said: you're a hard worker and you should find something that makes you happy and pays well. Screw them!

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Sylvia, I'm so sorry to hear your news! I'm with you in that the way they've set up the transition package doesn't seem quite right. You don't get the package if you don't apply and accept a job with the new company? Something seems fishy.

 

If I were you I'd take the docs they gave you and consult with a lawyer just to make sure you're not getting duped somehow.

 

but I"m still really sorry you're going thru this! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all works out in a surprisingly fabulous way!

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Here is the kicker, if I don't put in an application and go through the interview process, I am not eligible for the transition package which is 21 weeks of pay. If I find another position with my existing company or any other company, I do not receive transition. If the new company makes me an offer up to 10% less than my current salary and I refuse the offer, I don't get transition. If they do make me an offer at 10% less than my current salary I will start working for a company that sucks!

I will not retain any seniority, I will be starting out with no vacation, 1 sick day for every 73 days worked, horrible medical benefits and 6 holidays. I currently have 20 vacations, 5 sick days, 3 personal days and my birthday off. Not to mention 7 paid holidays. The new company is offering a bonus for anyone they hire if they stayed employed there for 1 year. WTF? Is the company that bad that they don't expect us to stay for a year? I think the plan is to put one of their employees in with ours so they can learn everything then they will terminate us after the first year. The transition package will then be based on our 1 year with the new company.
That's a bs deal. The company seems shady to me. I'm really sorry. I hope you find something a lot better out there.

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OMG! I was wondering what happened with this. That is completely a bull shit deal - it's a rigged severance package...designed so they don't have to give it to anyone. I would def consult an attorney on this. Any RIF I've been witness to has always involved a proper severance package commensurate with the length of service.

 

I'm very sorry this has happened to you. I know it has got to be devastating...but I am confident you will find a new & better path hug2.gif

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I have worked at this company for 21 years as an IT Support Specialist. Today we received an email invite to an offsite meeting tomorrow at 3:00 pm. It is a mandatory meeting. Well, that was not such a big deal except we were given just a little more than 24 hrs. notice. That seemed very strange. Well I began getting phone calls from others in the department in other states and they also received an invite to an offsite meeting in their area.

My boss does not have a clue what it is about and his boss will not take any phone calls from him. His boss then sent an email stating that he cannot discuss the details of the meeting and all must attend. He must be notified by email only if someone cannot attend. WTF! They have been trying so hard to save money so it didn't make sense that they would hurriedly schedule meetings at hotels in several states for a meeting to tell us we are doing good. They have cut back so much that out trash is only picked up three times per week and the toilet paper is so thin you have to use an entire roll! Why then would they spend money to reserve hotel meeting rooms?

I think they are planning to outsource our services. We are onsite IT repair and provide exceptional service to our customers. When they have a computer related issue, we are right on it.

Just to be on the safe side, I started packing up all of my personal stuff in and on my desk. I have a feeling that when we are told tomorrow, we will not be allowed back in the building to collect our stuff. Since we are IT, they will not allow us anywhere near the systems.

This would be such a lovely wedding present as we have been married only 17 days. My husband (sounds funny) is only working part time and going to school. Ok, I know I am projecting but it just seems like common sense that this is a layoff scheme. In the past, they have had layoffs Tues-Thurs only.

I know that I will get about 6 months of severence pay, but man 21 years and this is my retirement gift?

I'm not going to worry but I will update you tomorrow. I should know by 5:00. Keep your fingers crossed that it works out ok.
UPDATE********
My husband (wow that still sounds funny) called me at work today to tell me he was offered full time employment WITH BENEFITS at his current job. A guy gave his notice today and they want him to start fulltime 10/31. I lose my job and he gets one! How lucky is that!

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