Thursday, November 9, 2006

Meanwhile, Back at Work...

So in the three days I was on vacation to watch our country take a turn for the better, much has happened:
  1. Three people have given their one to two week notice
  2. Four of the six persons working in the back warehouse were laid off as we won't be doing that aspect of the business any longer
  3. One person had their shift moved from 8-4:30 to 3-11 because of the non-warehouse work any longer
  4. A bunch of pallets are sitting by the back warehouse door
    --we never keep pallets around--
    we don't use them
  5. Two others have expressed looking for new jobs
  6. Apparently, VP called all the sup's yesterday one at a time to see how long they've been with the company
Is it just me, or should I start looking for a new place of employment? Sigh. I hate job-hunting.
I expected more of a fundie backlash as a result of the fortunate Dem take-over, as well as the Rummy dismissal, but perhaps they're all at home licking their wounded pride...
The Jesus-folk haven't been back since our last episode, but from what the neighbor two doors down says, the revival was a smash! (Noted with a heaping tablespoon of salt.) On the same night as the finale of the "revival," there was a township meeting to determine about the public water/sewer that is supposed to begin (now) in 2009. What was determined?
  1. We won't be getting water, just sewer
  2. We will be paying three times as much as the surrounding townships that in recent years have gotten public sewer
  3. We are being sued by the DEP to get public sewer regardless
  4. No one on the board seems to know what all this means.
Rich spoke eloquently about our troubles with iron in the water, and how, if we're paying three times as much as everyone else, we could at least reasonably expect to get clean, drinkable water that won't stain everything it touches. One supervisor was sympathetic, the other five just kind of looked at all 150 of us like we were wasting their time complaining about
  1. the cost ($3,000 hook-up and $900 per year)
  2. the time-line (this plan apparently started back in 1994--what the hell?)
  3. the atrocity of our water (apparently, most of our supervisors live in the one small town that hooks up to Lehighton on the other side of the mountain)
  4. why they couldn't answer basic questions, such as
    1. When would we know if water would be included?
    2. Will blasting be required?
    3. Are they going behind the houses (letting gravity whisk away our sewage) or along the street (requiring everyone to put in a pump costing another $1,500)?
    4. Was there a bidding process to find a cheaper company to put in the sewer lines?
So instead of placating us that night, we're having another meeting on Nov. 14 to rehash all of these questions. So all of us basically wasted our evening for 3 hours to learn nothing except that we now know less than we did before. Small town politics aside, how hard is it to answer these questions? Especially if this has been in the works for 12 frickin' years now? I think the board was nervous about taking responsibility, as this was on Monday evening, and elections were the next day. I guess I'll find out on Nov. 14th if we were all as disgusted with them as I was...

But, at least nationally, it seems we were mostly on my side of things....

Catch ya's later....

8 comments:

Darkmind said...
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Jason Hughes said...

Are you running for city council anytime soon? :)

Your invention sounds freakin' awesome!!! Have you looked into patenting it or something? (Of course, with the super-heating mechanism to molt the rock, wouldn't this potentially kill trees and such? Hmm...)

It still sounds like it rocks! (no pun intended!) If you happen to have one ready for testing....

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emily said...

J: who else put in their notice besides Wendy? I should start smoking again in order to be in the loop. I knew things were really getting strange lately, especially since N. and J. aren't around the office much anymore, and the whole building has a feeling of dread, like waiting for something awful to happen. (Well, more than usual.) So things are even worse off than I had though... the company has finally been run into the ground.

Jason Hughes said...

Karen just handed in 3 week notice, and Marsha quit, and of course today is Wendy's last day (Yippee! No more boring stories!!) I also know Mike M is on the hunt....

So that only leaves me and Jesse and Chris in the smoking club... :)

emily said...

Not Karen!!! Damn. And if Mike M. does go, too, there goes our Quark and InDesign guru. So, what do the supervisors know that we don't?...

Jason Hughes said...

Well, Karen found a job at aan accounting firm, which is what she just graduated this spring at college for, so that's why she left.... Wen left cause she actually found someone who would hire her (gasp!) at the Hartford Insurance or something like that--and Masha quit cause she claimed to be bored.... I called N. to talk to her this afternoon about all of these goings on, so I'll let you know if I find out anything.... I figure asking straight out is better than guessing, you know?

:D

emily said...

Not Karen!!! Damn. And if Mike M. does go, too, there goes our Quark and InDesign guru. So, what do the supervisors know that we don't?...