"Headcount Reduction" Thurs.1/10/08

Discussion in 'Prayer Request' started by Wabash River Bear, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Headcount reduction ? Is that the new politically correct way of saying "You're fired"? Well thats the situation I find myself in, along with many of my co-workers. The steel mill I work for has decided to reduce ranks by 13 %. O.k. I dont like it, but what can I do about it. I understand, business is business. The bad part about it is that seniority wont count. I think its a way to lean out their payroll by letting the higher paid people go. I've been there for over 8 years, pretty much since they opened the doors. Now I find my job at risk after 8 yrs. of service with a perfect record, possibly due to the fact that 8 yrs. of dedication has move me up on the payroll ranks. Even worse is the fact that some bozo leaked out this info on the public drive on our company intranet, about 2 weeks before Christmas. Yea, Happy Holidays! We have all worried about this ever since. Well tomarow is D-Day. We are supposed to be told whats going on, who stays, who goes, and who gets demoted. I know there are alot of other folks out there with much graver problems than mine, but if ya could find a way to include me somewhere in your prayers tonight, I would much appreciate it. I will keep you posted.
    Thanks, Barry
     
  2. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    I feel for ya brother, so I'll say a prayer for ya .
     

  3. jholl949

    jholl949 New Member

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    Prayers from here, Barry. Hopefully a severance package is in order. I've found that times like these usually lead to something better down the road.
     
  4. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    i think everything happens for a reason, whether u think its a good one or a bad one , but usually turns out for the best!!!!!prayers sent brother-keep us posted!!!!
     
  5. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Prayers on the way from your Iowa Brother Barry,Good Luck and God Bless.Keep us posted. J.D.
     
  6. yadkinrivercats

    yadkinrivercats Member

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    Hope thing work out for you. Prayers sent from n.c.
     
  7. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    Thoughts and Prayers sent from ky.
     
  8. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    We'll keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers,May GOD bless you my friend.
     
  9. joadb

    joadb Member

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    ive been through it myself-im sendin in a prayer now.
     
  10. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    First off I would like to thank each of you for your prayers. I believe it helped. I am still employed and still in my current position as dayshift millwright, assigned to the reversing cold mill. No change for me. Thank you.
    Today was a very tough day to get through. I tried to keep myself occupied as not to think about it too much, while as the day went by, select fellow emplyees were escorted to the human resources office, then eventually to the parking lot. The whole time wondering who's next, will it be me? Around noon our superviser came to get one of our three man crew (a junior millwright only on the job about a year who had bid in from production) and took him to the H.R. office. I thought, "Oh boy, here we go". He came back with him after a short meeting and told us that the guy would be moving back to production (a substantial paycut, but at least still employed) and that we would be operating as a two man crew. There would be no further changes to our area. Its real hard to be relieved and happy as you watch other people walked out the door, or being demoted.
    They will continue to sift through people as tonights shift comes in, and then through the shift turnover (from the 4 on 4 off swing crews) up till Friday night. Hopefully this will all be over by then. As for me it seems I'm safe for now, but I wont rest easy till its over, maybe not even for awhile after that.
    I believe in prayer. The more the better. Thanks for helping me out.
     
  11. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    hang in there brother, seems like ur safe!!
     
  12. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the update. It is good to hear that you are still hanging in there, but I know that had to be a horrible experience for you.

    Your account brought back bad memories of the first IBM layoff that I went through. Just like you, I was spared, but I quickly exercised my options and left the company on my terms. I've been working at the "new" company for about twelve years now and things are going great.
     
  13. Coyote1

    Coyote1 New Member

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    Dear Brother Johnson;
    Barry, I am GLAD for you. But I've been in a position like your in and I gotta tell ya, when something like this happens, and your blood, sweat, tears, Seniority, means nothing, I don't think you ever really get all of your confidence back!! That's just my opinion and how I am but when I go through a scare {scre*ing} like that it always just did something to me inside! And more times than not, my "fears" turned out to be correct!
    If I was to advise you it would be to "Keep Your Options Open". Keep up on the Jobs Available Columns through the Internet, your Union if you belong to one but DON'T depend on it exclusively, and any other ways you can find to stay abreast of what is happening!
    I would also advise you to start working on a "War Chest" and start saving up your cash and put it in a safe place and NOT in a bank or other such institution because the government {grabbermint?} can take it away from you any time they want! Get your own safe, hide it behind hidden panels, under your floor, or something and use it only if you get unemployed! Nowadays $5000 is not to much to keep hidden and use mostly smaller bills like $20's and not $50's and $100's which a lot of stores will not accept!! Have a few large bills, but keep most of it in smaller denominations.
    Also, keep one of your vehicles in GOOD running order and keep it that way! You never know when you might have to hit the road, so to speak, in search of employment.
    I don't mean to be scaring you, but if you have a wife and children, or even if you don't, you owe it to yourself to "Be Prepared" because I can guarantee you that your employer will NOT be come lay off time! Just like that supervisor that came and got people and gave them the bad news! I guarantee you he is HAPPY to have his job and that it's NOT him this time! He may say "I'm Sorry" or "You've been a great employee and I'll be glad to give you a referral" or other such garbage but when push comes to shove, he will be looking out for himself and NOT You!!
    If you want, or need, other ideas feel free to send me a PM and I will be GLAD to let you learn from my hard earned experience! Thankfully I am retired now. But man o' man, hindsight is sure 20/20 or better!
    Fraternally Yours,
    Coyote1
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  14. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Prayin for you Barry
     
  15. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That's some GOOD News!!!! Thank's for the Update Barry.J.D.:big_smile: