Wednesday, September 10, 2008

And the Economic Downturn Lowers the Boom On the LeftLeaning Household

My husband (and his entire dept) had a meeting with the general manager scheduled for 10:00 this morning. They thought it was to go over the fall schedule, which is when their department is normally the busiest. It was not. It was to receive their walking papers. Nice.

They were told it was due to downsizing, but, come on. Every one of the supervisors were let go? At the beginning of their busiest time? Leanne (GM) has been a pain to them for a while and they (possibly DSD especially) has been very vocal about her attempts to micro-manage their department. So, I think she decided to use this as an excuse to clean house.

We will be fine. He is retired Navy and his retirement covers all of the bills he pays for the household. And he has savings (which is good, because his retirement does not cover his child support) and we have savings together. I think we will hold off on the new windows and siding for a bit, just to be on the safe side.

But, one of the men who was let go is NOT retired and he depends on this paycheck. He also does not drive. He walks to work, because it is only a few blocks from his house to work. (I have no idea WHY he does not drive) Where is he supposed to find another job? This one was perfect for him.

And, of course, there are not a lot of jobs to be had anywhere right now.

Please think happy thoughts for us.


Shel said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about this. My thoughts are with you--and with DSD's coworkers.

Carl (aka Sofarsogoo) said...

Is there an OSHA for the great job hazards of today, downsizing and outsourcimg? (In fact, does OSHA still exist?)

My wife was in the same situation earlier this year. Her longtime job at a medical center suddenly ceased to exist when her work and that of several others was outsourced to another place. But luckily, as in your case but not as in the case of so many others, it wasn't a big tragedy because she had been thinking of retiring anyway, and that just moved it up a few months.

I'm glad DSC's experience, too, didn't leave you in a bad bind.

(I thought I sent off this comment two days ago. Hopefully this isn't duplicated somewhere.)

fallenmonk said...

Bummer! Being retired from the Navy is going to help in a big way. Not great money but money to get the basics done. Keeping fingers crossed.

Carl (aka Sofarsogoo) said...

...Are you there? It's been a little while since you last said anything, when you spoke of how Ike had flooded half your county, not even in Tex or Lou but there in Fla. i hope the water didn't get to you, too. Steve Bates over in Houston hasn't been heard from for going on to three days, and they are talking about no power in parts of that big city for as much as a month. Hard to believe!