Well, I knew it would eventually come to this, because you can't be an Auto Supplier in Michigan without feeling the wrath of the economy.
A bunch of people were let go today. In an attempt to avoid this, my company did the 'partial layoffs' that I fell victim to a couple months ago, the reason why I had to move back in with Mom and Dad. Today it got a lot worse. Luckily, I am the only person in the company that knows how to do certain aspects of my job, that HAVE to get done... so instead of getting laid off, effective the 15th of December, I will be working on an 'as needed' basis. So there might be times when I don't work at all, and other times when I am very busy.
It was awkward, my boss was crying while telling me, but I had already prepared myself. I felt strange trying to reassure her that everything was going to be okay, even when she kept telling me that it wasn't okay. I'm the least of my concern. I would be upset if they didn't cut my hours, not that I don't want a job, but I don't have children to support, I don't have a house to lose... many of the people who were laid off today do. I know one person, who for a fact, is going to lose her house... and I'm supposed to be upset for myself?
Some of these people have worked for the company for thirty years... and I just started a year and a half ago... I can't bring myself to feel bad for my own sake. I feel horrible for everyone else, and guilty that I get to keep my job at all. I feel bad for Betty, for the stress she put herself through having to tell me that I was going to loose more hours, and my benefits.
It's going to be a long, cold winter.