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Well, I finally got my lay-off letter on Thursday afternoon. I am no longer working for Bombardier as of Dec 18th, the day of my birthday on top of that!!!:mob: Oh!!! Before Christmas too!!!

Also, a guy I know with 18 years service as a pre-flight inspector.....GONE!!!

Then they ***** and complain that they can't find qualified people to fill opening positions. HELLO!!!!

Anyways, I feel pretty ****ty at the moment. I guess I'll collect UI and start my own business.
 

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Bad time to be in aviation. I enjoyed my visit to Bombardier a few years back (CRJ initial).
Best of luck to ya!

Maybe their idea of qualified means people willing to work for nothing.
 

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Ah yeesh, what a time! Sorry to hear that bro; what business you got in mind?
+1. Going to start doing machine work on your on now, or going in another direction?

Good luck on whatever you end up doing. Quite a number of us are self-employed here, so feel free to toss around any questions you might have.
 

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Corporations have no soul-they love the Pre-Christmas lay-off.

I work for a regional newspaper chain. Two years ago we had 14 employees in my local office, we now have 5, everybody has to do three peoples work and the corporate executives can't figure why revenue is down and customers aren't happy. We are all "under review" for not being able to meet the goals formerly covered by 2.5 to 3.5 sales reps. They forget to factor in the savings of no salaries and benefits for the lost employees- most of which were squeezed out without being laid off.
 

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I'm still employed but getting nervous:

For YEARS the "rotation" has been 28 days at work and 14 days off (I work 12.5 hours a day, 7 days a week), the new, improved deal is that I am assigned to a particular Rig and when they need us I am "on" (no relief PERIOD) so the new, improved "schedule" is vaguely 38 days on and vaguely 12 days off.

We have 1 BIG contract and that is expanding rapidly but the price per job is going down and my company is screaming, I really think that the big pay-cut is coming.

I do however still have a job (today anyway).

Unclviny
 

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Almost 11 months unemployed for me. I have a degree in machining that is doing zero for me right now. I have had one interview since getting the boot and I am still waiting to hear their decision. I said early on I would not let it get me down but that has gone out the window in the past few months. My emotions are like a roller coaster ride now. Sometimes I just feel like giving up but I can't.
 

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Sorry to hear about your job loss. Hang in there, it will get better before you know it.
 

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Yeah I was laid off about 13 months ago and was out of work for about 6 months before finding a contract job. Then about a month ago we found out that our site is being sold so come April 1 I will be getting the boot again :mob:. It's absolutely frustrating. I think I'm going to give up and move to an island and become a beach bum:icon_cool:
 

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Sorry to hear. You are man with much skill though! Maybe open a shop and work on Subies?
 

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Been there Huck, as I got the axe 2 days before Christmas last year. I went for 5 weeks without a job, hence my post count and have been working steady since. Still, its about 25,000 less per year than I have made over the past 8 years, but its a job.

Stay positive, and good luck to everyone.
 

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It's so sad to see companies letting people go right before the holidays, I have always found that so heartless.
 

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Not trying to make an excuse for doing so at Christmas-time but if a company knows lay-offs are inevitable, I think what they're trying to do is two-fold:

- hold off long enough that employees DO have some money for Christmas.
- save some money on future admin costs by reducing the payroll tax paperwork for the next year.

I'm guessing on the second part but it makes sense from a purely admin standpoint. If a company feels that lay-offs are a necessary move, I'd like them to give the most warning as possible. In other words, if it is talking, in early October, about end-of-year lay-offs, then they should tell the employees, in early October, about the possibility.
 

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Suppose to have pics with it but they didn't transfer :-\ idk just something to post since this type of crap irritates me!! :mob:

How's this for apocalyptic literature. This was written by a pastor's
wife in biblical prose as a commentary of current events. It is brilliant.
------------------------

And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land
called America , having lost their morals, their initiative, and their
will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that
person known as "The One."

He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but He
hypnotized the people telling them, "I am sent to save you." My lack
of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my
association with evil doers are of no consequence. I shall save you
with hope and Change. Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the
land that he who proceeded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation,
and that all he has built must be destroyed. And the people rejoiced,
for even though they knew not what "The One" would do, he had promised
that it was good; and they believed. And "The One" said " We live in
the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!"
And the people said, "Hallelujah! Change is good!"

Then He said, "We are going to tax the rich fat-cats." And the
people said "Sock it to them!" "And redistribute their wealth." And
the people said, "Show us the money!" And the he said, "
redistribution of wealth is good for everybody."
"4"
And Joe the plumber asked, " Are you kidding me? You're going to
steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??" And "The One"
ridiculed and taunted him, and Joe's personal records were hacked and publicized.
One lone reporter asked, "Isn't that Marxist policy?" And she was
banished from the kingdom!

Then a citizen asked, "With no foreign relations experience and
having zero military experience or knowledge, how will you deal with
radical terrorists?" And "The One" said, "Simple. I shall sit with
them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are; and they
will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!" And the people
said, "Hallelujah!! We are safe at last, and we can beat our weapons
into free cars for the people!"

Then "The One" said "I shall give 95% of you lower taxes." And one,
lone voice said, "But 40% of us don't pay ANY taxes." So "The One"
said, "Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!"
And the people said, "Hallelujah! Show us the money!"
Then "The One" said, "I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell
your homes!" And the people yawned and the slumping housing market
collapsed. And He said. "I shall mandate employer-funded health care
for every worker and raise the minimum wage. And I shall give every
person unlimited healthcare and medicine and transportation to the
clinics." And the people said, "Give me some of that!"
Then he said, "I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas."
And the people said, "Where's my rebate check?"

Then "The One" said, "I shall bankrupt the coal industry and
electricity rates will skyrocket!" And the people said, "Coal is
dirty, coal is evil, no more coal! But we don't care for that part
about higher electric rates." So "The One" said, Not to worry. If
your rebate isn't enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out.
Just sign up with the ACORN and you troubles are over!"

Then He said, "Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let's
grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches,
free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing..." And
the people said, "Hallelujah!" and they made him king!

And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and
ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers. Others
simply gave up and went out of business and the economy sank like unto
a rock dropped from a cliff.
The bank banking industry was destroyed. Manufacturing slowed to a
crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

Then "The One" said, "I am the "the One"- The Messiah - and I'm here
to save you! We shall just print more money so everyone will have
enough!" But our foreign trading partners said unto Him. "Wait a
minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung! You will have
to pay more... And "The One" said, "Wait a minute. That is
unfair!!" And the world said, "Neither are these other idiotic
programs you have embraced. Lo, you have become a Socialist state and
a second-rate power. Now you shall play by our rules!"

And the people cried out, "Alas, alas!! What have we done?" But yea
verily, it was too late. The people set upon The One and spat upon
him and stoned him, and his name was dung. And the once mighty nation
was no more; and the once proud people were without sustenance or
shelter or hope. And the Change "The One" had given them was as like
unto a poison that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that
consumed all that they had built.

And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish,
"give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!" But it was too
late, and their homeland was no more.

You may think this a fairy tale, but it's not.
It's happening RIGHT NOW

THIS really tells it like it is. After reading it -- and before you go
into the bathroom to throw-up -- forward it to your friends
and those you know who care about our country and
what is happening to it under the rule of Commissar Obamanation.

P.S. -- Yeah, this is too true to be funny.
Tragic, but not funny; tragic but true.
 

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Suppose to have pics with it but they didn't transfer :-\ idk just something to post since this type of crap irritates me!! :mob:

How's this for apocalyptic literature. This was written by a pastor's
wife in biblical prose as a commentary of current events. It is brilliant.
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You may think this a fairy tale, but it's happening RIGHTTHIS really tells it like it under the rule of Commissar Obamanation.

P.S. -- Yeah, this is too true to be funny.
Tragic, but not funny; tragic but true.
The "Pastor's Wife (?)" certainly has some issues. Like hating Barack Obama, for one. Hate is an evil thing...you'd think a "pastor's wife" would be above it. Since she's not, why should we help her spread it in this forum?
Steve
09 2.5X AT
 
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