Please, over this difficult holiday season, pray for my coworkers.
We were told this morning that as early as late 2012, all 131 of us will be losing our jobs due to the employer wishing to privatize us. We currently work for the BC Government underneath one of the Health Care groups. They have decided (the Health Care group we work for) that saving taxpayer dollars (i.e. going somewhere cheaper) is better than honoring the current government's promise to help the middle class families and to keep union jobs.
Our union, and the BCGEU (BC Government Employees Union) has 90 days to offer a bid on our jobs/technologies, or an alternative. But given that our employer sprang this on us this morning with no lead up, I have a feeling that (as usual) our weak union will not offer us much help.
I have an out - I'm quitting in March to move home and go back to school, but there are some coworkers (most actually) who don't have any options but to try to get on with the outsourced company they will be bringing in. The company pays half as much as we make now and offers no benefits.
I have one coworker who is a single mom, she has no car b/c she cannot afford one, she barely makes ends meet now and is often left with literally nothing in her bank account at the end of the month. I am so worried about her.
So please, as much as Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it's also the time of year where the most suicides are completed and given this awful news, I am worried about those I work close with, please pray or send good thoughts to us.
I am so mad, I can't really be sad right now. I'm mad at our union for not fighting for us (yet again) and mad that this would happen so close to Christmas. And my boss wondered why I told her I didn't LOVE my job. The amount of B.S. from the top management is enough to make you puke.