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And so the COVID-19 job losses and evictions begin

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10 hours ago, kaylee34 said:

Owners held a meeting this morning. Not many questions asked. Paid everyone 2 weeks severance and any PTO on the books. Most of them had been there 20-30+ years. Everyone will be rehired if. A lot of if on the table right now.  

My long term status is still undetermined but it will probably be 30 days before anything else happens. I’ve offered to do whatever I can. 

 

I thought I felt bad last week when I heard. I was wrong. That was nothing compared to having to watch a bunch of good people sign for their last check, clean out lockers, shake hands and try to put up a good front. I know for some of them, the odds of finding anything else will be like winning the lottery.
 

I hope no one else has this come your way. It sucks. It really just sucks.

Not sure what is worse - losing your job or being one of the few left behind. Looking for a job after age 50 stinks, I know I was there last year. Ageism is the last form of discrimination that employers still maintain.

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Absolutely. Ageism is very real it puts intense pressure on people even as young as 40 to constantly learn new technologies, invest in training, and work twice as hard as the person in their 30's. Right out of the gate, people look down on you and already decided they will not hire you unless you can show your better then a 30 year old candidate, and that is a very tough thing to do. 

 

We need to contain covid-19, but these actions (shelter in place, non-essential business closings, etc) come at a very high cost to the economy. I hope we can find some way to start getting the economy up and running again, even if only in limited amounts to avoid a deep recession from which those most vulnerable will never recover.

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, NorCalR1 said:

Absolutely. Ageism is very real it puts intense pressure on people even as young as 40 to constantly learn new technologies, invest in training, and work twice as hard as the person in their 30's. Right out of the gate, people look down on you and already decided they will not hire you unless you can show your better then a 30 year old candidate, and that is a very tough thing to do. 

+1  I don’t ever want to have to go looking again. Had to quit my last job 6 months ago. I put off leaving years longer than I should have for this very reason. I could walk circles around any 30 year old in my field but couldn’t get my foot in the door to do it. Some very creative cover letters got me a few crappy keep busy til something better comes up jobs for about 4 months. Lucked into this job with a little who you know and blunt honesty. 20% pay cut from where I was and no benefits hurts but I feel incredibly fortunate to have landed a decent job at 50+ with decent people. 
 

Helped a few of the older guys and functional illiterates file for unemployment today. They were all in good spirits and thinking this is just temporary. A “nice long paid vacation” is what one said. 
 

Got the word from the owners today that I’m “not allowed” to go anywhere come hell or high water. Nice to be a valued old fart for a change 🙃

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We have our first positive cases at work; of course we're not told where they two people worked just that "those who interacted with them have been informed"

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5 hours ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Waiting for an email today (Sunday) on the status of my employment.

Best of luck. Praying for you.

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15 hours ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Waiting for an email today (Sunday) on the status of my employment.

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

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53 minutes ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

Hopefully it doesn't go past 60.

 

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Another neighbor hit Mrs Vig and I up, with a be your own boss opportunity. 

 

I couldn't help myself. I showed them a letter from Steve, who works at some place called the US Treasury specifically stating my employer's essentialness.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I know right now, many on this board are dealing with various employment issues, and my usual dark humor may not be warranted at the moment. BUT, take deep breath. Don't spend your sub prime cash reserves, or run up the cards, selling oils, candles, vitamins, cookware, or other shyt out of the trunks of your cars.

 

I genuinely feel blessed my day job is going well. On the other hand. My side job as Director Emeritus, over at the Velvet Jones School of Technology, a job I thought was depression proof has suffered. With 6ft social distancing in place, it's hard to do the job, when your arms are only 3ft long at best. I'm trying to treat my employees right though. I'm covering the health insurance for them 100% so the hand sanitizer keeps flowing with what business I have left. You know things are bad, when the fuzz can't justify a raid. It truly is hard out here for pimp.

 

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1 hour ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

let's hope it is =< 60 days. :wave:

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2 hours ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

fk :( 

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3 hours ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

Hugs for you Indy

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My employer this morning gave all employees a one time gift of 80 hours PTO. We can use it how we want.

 

My plan is to hoard it for more vacations in the future. I now have 403 hours of PTO.

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1 hour ago, hegemony said:

Macy's made it a point to state they would be continuing health benefits for FT employees who have it ... of course its anyone's guess how many of those furloughed employees even have benefits in the first place since retail has a good chunk of part time and second jobbers

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Had a customer this morning ask me if I would be interested in their timeshare.

 

Since they are a customer, I reached really deep, and politely declined.

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Once Again, the Doom and Gloom St Louis Fed Makes a Prediction

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Millions of Americans already have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis and the worst of the damage is yet to come, according to a Federal Reserve estimate. Economists at the Fed’s St. Louis district project total employment reductions of 47 million, which would translate to a 32.1% unemployment rate, according to a recent analysis of how bad things could get.

 

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A bit off topic.
 

Got a call today from one of our clients (billion $ company) asking if they could defer payment on several small jobs until October. Grand total of $17.2k due on 4/1. I’m pretty sure the lady heard me spit my coffee all over the monitor. Not a doubt she heard the “you’ve got to be xxxx xxxx kidding me!” 
 

Um. No. Pay me. Now.

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On 3/29/2020 at 2:54 PM, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Word came down - 60 days layoff effective immediately, unemployment will be approved after using PTO.

Ugh, that bites, Indy :(

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18 hours ago, TheVig said:

My employer this morning gave all employees a one time gift of 80 hours PTO. We can use it how we want.

 

My plan is to hoard it for more vacations in the future. I now have 403 hours of PTO.

Word just came down. Suspended the requirement to use PTO, before being allowed to take time off without pay.

 

Some of us are very joyous in this latest announcement.

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14 hours ago, kaylee34 said:

A bit off topic.
 

Got a call today from one of our clients (billion $ company) asking if they could defer payment on several small jobs until October. Grand total of $17.2k due on 4/1. I’m pretty sure the lady heard me spit my coffee all over the monitor. Not a doubt she heard the “you’ve got to be xxxx xxxx kidding me!” 
 

Um. No. Pay me. Now.

I've been surprised we have had no calls yet from people wanting us to keep working for no money...we did have one newish client who almost backed out and then decided that they would put the fee on the credit card and deal with the bank if the bottom fell out for them. 

 

I do have concerns about release practices in the coming weeks...there is a valid argument to be made that the public is better served by NOT releasing people who 1) have a huge potential of relapse, 2) are not apt to be employable when layoffs and furloughs are going on all over the place, 3) oilfield work ceases to exist at the current price points, and 4) who are not apt to be eligible for the stimulus checks.  Everything combines to create a very real potential of an increase in criminality. 

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