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So, I got laid off :-(

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:26 pm
Got the news first thing thursday (last day of the week) and I'm sad. It caught me off guard, but I wasn't really surprised because it has been quite slow for a bit now and I'm surprised they didn't do it earlier.
There are 30 of us who were laid off, some being there for over 2 years.
I expect that things will pick up in a few months, since the spring is when the demand for ventilation systems is there.

<sigh>
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:31 pm
Tough break montana. We've all been there but that dont make it any easier.

Good luck to you. Actually I think people make their own good luck.

so what now, Back to the Lobster cave?
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:40 pm
Thanks Dadpad. No more lobster trap for this gal. I'm going to collect unemployment until the company gets busy again and get myself right back in that door.
The company I work for makes ventilation systems, so sometimes it gets very slow in the winter, which leaves a bunch of people doing basically nothing. It's been 3 years since they've had to lay off and they just had no choice.
They are also bring in this monster 1/2 million dollar machine in a few weeks and they want to get as many people out of the way as possible.
I guess they are going to use the area I work in as storage for a bit and stuff like that.
I'll be visiting once a week to see what's happening and to let them know I ain't going anywhere ;-)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:40 pm
I sympathize. My own job became uncertain recently, as the owners have put the place up for sale.
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:46 pm
It truly feels terrible. I've never been laid off from any other job other than the lobster shop, but the shop laid everyone off in the winter.
I understand they did what they had to do, but I still feel like crap.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:51 pm
I wonder if ou can get some idea of when they think they might be putting staff back on? this will give you a time frame to work with. perhaps then you could consider training, upskilling or education.
Do a short course or start a large course part time.
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 08:58 pm
They're estimating around 2 or 3 months, but I'm determined to get me back in there ASAP and so is my sexy, determined french friend, so I expect I'll be back to work soon enough.
I have some painting/papering projects I started/planned and I'm going to use that time to get those things done.
I can get all kinds of free training at work, so I'm going to wait until I get back in there.
I'm already signed up for their first aide course and was going to sign up to learn to drive the fork lifts next.
I'll be keeping my foot stuck in the door ;-)
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 09:04 pm
That's a good idea from DadPad. Never know what little bit of education will help in the future. Anyway, it's better to be out doing things, and meeting people than waiting on the plant to rehire.

My job feels a bit more shaky than usual, but so far, so good.
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 11:30 pm
So...help me here. Was Frenchy laid off too, or is he still there and lobbying management for your return?
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sun 28 Jan, 2007 11:59 pm
What is this "employment" thing I keep hearing people talk about?
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 12:04 am
Montana, think of it as an extended vacation. Maybe you can spend some extra time with the French guy......
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Bohne
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 03:01 am
Sorry to hear that...
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 05:21 am
You'll be back soon enough, I have every confidence in you.
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 06:49 am
Aw, sorry to hear this, Montana. Sad
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 06:57 am
Keep yer chin up, Montana. Things WILL work out.

By the by...I honest find a silver lining in every bloody, crummy situation I encounter. You might want to spend some time considering the lining...and see if you can find the silver. :wink:
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 07:18 am
Montana- I have confidence in you, gal. It is going to be all right.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 07:31 am
I don't know. I have a bad feeling about this one. I think that company will face some severe challenges and ultimately be forced to shut down. There will be many displaced workers , the few jobs in the area quickly gobbled up by the younger, faster workers, and Montana will be left out in the cold. Her finances will dry up, her utilities shut off, and her gardens destroyed by marauding animals.

Montana will begin an epic journey back to the lobster factory -- a journey that will be talked about in Canadian circles for many a year to come -- but in the end, weak and hungry, she will collapse by the side of a gentle stream and a passing family of grizzly bears will find her and slowly and methodically eat her, bones and all.

A little of Montana's blood will make its way to the stream and the waters will darken temporarily, just long enough to a few inquisitive fish to nose the surface in a curious fashion, and then the blood will disperse and vanish in the gentle turbulence and Montana will be just a memory.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 07:33 am
Aw, that's so touching, Gus. Makes me wanna cry! Crying or Very sad
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 07:35 am
Be strong, Phoenix. Do it for Montana.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 29 Jan, 2007 07:57 am
Being laid off is miserable. It can really get to you if you let it.
My own advice would be to start looking for another job, even though you
would rather bide your time until this place starts taking people back on.

Make your job search your new job. Put in a regular working day with
regular business hours. I can't speak for New Brunswick, of couse, but
here in your old stomping grounds there are places that provide help in
planning a job search and getting a resume put together. Who knows,
you may happen on something you'd like a lot a better.

That's the route I took when I was laid off a few years back and it served
me well. But as they say in the car ads, your mileage may vary.

Keep us posted. (Provide squalid details for Gus, even if you have to
make them up.)
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