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05:50 pm: Why I am home at five in the evening on a work night instead of at work
"I've got a bad feeling about this." ~ Han Solo

"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.

Alarm.

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.

- E V I L O U T -

Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
Current Music: the beating of his hideous heart

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From:matt_william
Date:January 3rd, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh man...I know what you mean. Keeping things from the employees was one of the worst things I had to do as a manager. Unfortunately it can be a necessasary evil at times.

I really hope everything turns out alright for ya man. You know I'm here if you need someone to talk to.

Matthew
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 3rd, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's pretty lousy. Unfortunately, in situations like this (like what? Who knows?), the company pretty much has to adopt the position of the Nixon White House: "We can neither confirm nor deny any allegations..." It's a liability thing. They don't want the information getting out to anybody before they're ready to release it. This is logical from a certain standpoint -- they don't want a bunch of disgruntled employees coming in with sledgehammers, looting the place, and burning down the building.

Still, it's inconsiderate that you have to wait until tomorrow for the message. That's a long time to have to wonder whether or not you still have a job. Whatever the message is, we're here for you.
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From:laviorli
Date:January 3rd, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
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*gasp* oh Jim I can see why you'd be alarmed, I guess it might be too late to call since you have to be up so early, but I don't work tomorrow call me when you know what's going on and let me know if you still want company or a call tonight I'm still up for a bit. sending a hug. 11:54PM

~mary
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