Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bah Humbug...

I know that the gauntlet has been thrown down by my ever talented cousin Kristabel. Normally, would try to rise to the occasion, however, I have other pressing issues at hand.

Burt and I work for the same agency. He is with one union (AFSCME) and I am with another (OEA). As of Friday the 30th, his union went out on strike. Our agency is making this an ugly battle in which no one will emerge without deep scars.

Financially we have planned for a rainy day but with the economy and the coming holidays, our umbrella can only take so much before it turns itself completely inside out from the strain.

I'm not sure how companies/agencies can expect their workforce to take such a large health care hit. Burt loses money each and every year.

So I'm sorry I'm not in the mind frame to entertain. If you are reading this and thinking "What about their Mexico trip when they were 18?", you'll have to wait another day until life returns to, well, whatever it was before.


samoasoftball said...

Keri: what is the OEA?

Keri said...

Oregon Education Association.

It's the union for teachers, nurses, PT/OTs etc.

Just as a side note, our legislators are starting to put pressure on the board to negotiate (which is good). They all met last night and MESD walked out of negotiations as they were starting to get close. SOOOOO...they are still out on strike.

I'll try to keep everyone posted.

Anonymous said...

Our legislators could have helped us more by not selling our economy and jobs to China. Everyone thinks that they are safe from losing their job because they are working at something irreplaceable or unexportable, then they find that the money for their job has also disappeared.

Good luck Keri, and have a Merry Christmas anyway!

This is not the kind of entertainment that I was looking for.

Carol said...

So sorry to hear about the strike. Best of luck to you and yours!

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Kristabel said...

Damn, sister. I've been thinking about you and was hoping that by the time I got back it'd all be over.

What can I do to help? I love, love, love you.

Dijea said...

Now is definately not a good time to be in the middle of a strike. I hope that everything works out for you and quickly.