We don't seem to be getting much action in these threads, so I'm making this one until the end of the month, and then perhaps we should move over to monthly threads until things pick up in a few months?
I'm in need of a vent.
DH is a paramedic. He only graduated last year, and he's been working for a private company, instead of our city paramedic service. It was a nice option to gain a bit of experience and references, but to be honest- the work sucks, it's not all that related to "real" paramedic work, it's completely unregulated (he's worked 128 hour pay periods, with none of that being overtime, and has never signed a contract), and.... his boss is a douchebag. The joke is that the only difference between God and "boss" is that God doesn't think he's "boss". (ie Boss thinks he's God...).
A few weeks ago there was a hiring competition for the city paramedic service, and DH applied. It was a last minute thing, and he had to give away two of his shifts with his current company, one he took care of, and just let his boss know, and the other he had to call his boss for help to find someone to take it over. Other than this, I should add that DH has basically been the company slave for the past year-- they say jump, and he says how high. We've cancelled countless family outtings, camping trips, special ocassions because they've told him last minute they need him to work a shift. About 3-4 times they've given him less than a weeks notice (sometimes only a day) to say "hey we're sending you up north for two weeks, and no you don't have a choice". He booked off the day of my graduation 6 weeks in advance-- but then they called him the day before and said he was working, and when he said he couldn't, they flew off the handle about what a hardship they were putting him through... that kind of thing. He works all the jobs nobody else wants, constantly picks up extra hours when other guys call in sick, and give away shifts, or forget they were working (it's not uncommon for him to get a call at 630am saying so and so forgot they were working today, can he get dressed and get to the site adap!). And he always always always does these things.
So anyways... he didn't think giving up two shifts (after a year of saving their butts...) would be a huge deal, but he got an email from his second in command boss telling him that he was extrememly disappointed in his attitude, and the obvious lack of respect for his current employer, and the fact that he was placing a future position ahead of his current one... that they questioned his true commitment and loyalty to the company, etc etc etc. It went on and on basically saying that they didn't feel they could count on him, and didn't trust that he had the company's best interests at heart. This was obviously a shock after everything he has done for them in the past year (on top of being one of the lowest paid employees...). I should also mention that it's not uncommon for employees to work for both the city and this private company. About 50% or more of them do work for both.
And then things blew over.... he hasn't heard anything. Until today when the July schedule came out, and he wasn't on it. At all. Not even once. And he's been working full time or over full time for a solid year. They didn't even bother to tell him, or to call him in for a warning or anything, just sent the schedule and waiting for him to flip. So he called his second in command boss (nobody 'bothers' big boss) and asked for an explanation, and was assured that he wasn't being fired, they were just concerned about the past month and thought he "needed to take a step back and evaluate whether he wanted to stay with the company, and that they would see what happened in August."
Kablammy. No notice, and then essentially fired him, laid him off, whatever. They want him to work his next five days of shifts, and then they don't have any work for him until at least August... if they decide that they will give him shifts at that point.
I'm just so angry about the whole thing. I'm not worried financially... We put pretty much one of our whole incomes in the bank every month, plus we have about $10,000 in savings, and a $25,000 line of credit... plus DH will be able to find another job soon-- he's had tons of people offer to hook him up already. And it's not even that I'm angry he's not working-- we've got tons of stuff around the house and yard for him to easily spend the next several weeks just getting it 'ready for baby'. We've been planning on finishing the basement of our house-- but haven't had time. Now he can do that while he's looking for a new job. We'll be able to actually see each other a bit this summer... take a weekend off here and there and go camping etc. Plus-- a new job will have somewhat set hours, a contract, an HR department, likely a health plan, and... not the the "god boss". And-- even in a non-paramedicine job, he'll still probably be doing more paramedic work than he currently is (think the paramedics that attend concerts, or football games, that's the type of stuff he's doing right now).
So really... him NOT working for the company, is a complete blessing. I've been trying to convince him to quit for weeks... months even. I'm just so angry at how it's happening. The fact that they are trying to turn this around as his lack of commitment or dedication to the company is a joke. And the fact that they so publicly sent out a schedule that did not include him at all-- he was pretty much the last to know-- all his coworkers know that he just all of a sudden isn't schedule for the entire month of July. He's mortified. And of course he's worried about the fall out in terms of references and the like. It's just... so stupid.
Anyways.,.. like I said, I just needed to vent, and normally I call my mother to vent, but I know DH is sensitive about this, and wouldn't want her to know about how it's all going down, so I just needed to get it out there. I'm trying to convince him to call them tonight and say he quits, and they will need to cover the rest of his shifts, but he's not sure yet. Then we could go camping this weekend and let some stress off. I have the whole weekend off.
SO..... anything interesting happening with anyone else? I can't be the only one with a crazy life.