"This does not look good for Homestar Runner" ~ Homestar Runner
This afternoon during the first break at work Tim the shift lead called everyone into the breakroom. -- This in and of itself is not necessarily cause for alarm. A number of times he has done so to share important information with everyone at once when we wouldn't be in the middle of something else. -- Several minutes later when everyone was finally gathered Dan the facility manager came in to speak to us. -- This also is not necessarily cause for alarm. He's passed on harmless information the same way. -- He informed us that there is a company-wide meeting at the Sheridan Hotel in tomorrow morning at eight o'clock AM and we are all to attend because it relates directly to the Madison facilities. He then told us that we were to get our coats & leave the premises immediately (tho' not in those words.) He said we were still going to be paid for the rest of the shift tonight and for eight full hours tomorrow, but would give nothing more of when we would return to work, the reason or specifics of the meeting tomorrow or why we were so suddenly dismissed tonight.
I really, seriously have a bad feeling about this. I can't even cheer myself up by finding silly links to add to this post. For the past couple years the company has slowly been sliding downhill with decreased production, reorganizations & an entire department fired from a new building that was built in our backyard just a year before. When I returned from my vacation in Japan last September one of the first things I heard was news that they were possibly closing a third of the facilities in the company. I've been asking Dan at every meeting since about the closures but he has shared no new information on the subject. Management I trust has long said that they would close the Maryville facility before us if it came down to that but all the empty space in the building this past year has not kept that hope very promising. The new CEO left a couple months ago too & I have no idea how to relate that to the current situation, whether that could mean the closure idea was nixed or just the first indication of it.
I am very worried & won't have any new information, good or bad, until early tomorrow morning. I have so many questions & don't know how to process the only clues I might possibly be able to use. Why were we evicted from the premises? If they were letting us go early simply because the meeting was the first thing in the morning they could have given us time to finish our current orders or other tasks. There will still be truck drivers coming in for the rest of the night expecting to pick up or deliver important orders. Turning them away & not getting shipments out on time & leaving others unfinished on the floor is going to lose favour with loyal customers. Why wait until the first of the year with whatever information is going to be shared? So higher-ups can wrap up their ledgers before canning the rest of us? So as not to ruin our cheery holiday? What?! Why?!
Goddamnit. That prick Dan new something & wouldn't tell. He wouldn't even say why he couldn't give us any more information, good or bad. I really hate tactics of upper management. They always seem so suspicious so when situations like this come about you assume the worst.
Anyway, if there is anyone who wouldn't mind keeping me company this evening so I don't spend the next 14 hours tearing my hair out & pacing circles in the carpet please feel free to call or come over. It's going to be rough for me for a while.
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