So, my DH has worked for this electric company for 26 years now. In 97, we had to move due to the 'take a lay-off or take a transfer' plan when a merger happened, then, in 05, got the 'opportunity' to transfer to a brand new plant in an area closer to the family, so thought it would be the answer to prayers, you know.
Anyway, we were sooooooooo wrong! This plant's management is the worst in history! Even though it's now a union plant, there are certain employees who get 'perks' that aren't given to others, such as gift cards to local businesses, extra long lunch hours -supposed to be 1/2 hour, but allowed to sit and schmooze with the managers for the entire afternoon, usually after doing the same thing all morning. The guy who is the maintenance man got the job because he plowed the managers' driveways for free during the winter, but he doesn't have a clue how to actually do the job, so my DH is doing this idiot's work all the time, but rarely gets compensated at the higher rate. And, this is the guy who pushed hardest for unionizing and somehow got 'appointed' as union steward WITHOUT any of the members being allowed to vote, as is standard practice. He's constantly just sitting around doing nothing and he's not the only one! There are 2 employees (out of the 12 at the plant) who regularly come in early, sit and drink coffee for 2 hours on overtime, walk around when they see on the camera that the manager is coming in the gate, then sit and 'plan' until 3:00, when they say "It's time to get some work done" and put in 3 or 4 hours of overtime at the end of the day. NO WORK gets done on regular time and these managers let these idiots get away with it! But, these guys are also the ones bragging about their new Harleys and their home remodeling!
Meanwhile, my DH got passed over for the job he'd been trained and waiting for, we live in a piece of crap house, and he works his butt off while these jokers with no 'work ethic' sit around and collect huge paychecks! And, DH is not the only person complaining about the situation. There have been several complaints filed with HR about the graft, unethical behavior (according to the company's ethics guidelines), preferential treatment of certain employees, and other stuff (some of which is actually illegal), but when HR 'investigates' they find that the management isn't doing anything 'wrong'. In fact, DH was nearly run over one day in the parking lot by one of the schmoozers, because he passed him on the road-it was this idiots 3rd 'act against a fellow employee', but he was just given a talk! At any other of the company's plants, he would have been escorted out the door permanently on the 2nd act!
Is this really what the industry standard is now? You only get ahead if you're willing to drive the knife in someone else's back? Management lives by the 'hands-off' management philosophy, which means that they simply don't do their job, and allow whoever 'sucks up' the most to get by with whatever they want, including not working ANY hours
for 8, 10, 12 hours pay, taking graft from potential contractors, so their friends can get the contracts at higher bids, and so much other unethical behavior, it's impossible to list!!????
Anyway, I just really needed to get some of this off my chest, as I really don't know how to help my DH. When he asks for advice, he argues with whatever potential solution I come up with, so I know I don't have any answers. We know HR isn't going to help, as they have no clue what the union contracts say and just ask the managers here what their 'interpretation' is. What NEEDS to happen is for the 2 managers and the 2 problem employees to be fired, but people are getting scared to file complaints anymore. So, if anyone's still reading this and you're of a praying mind, pray for these guys to all get canned somehow, please. Or, that upper management (this is a really big company and upper management's offices are in a couple different cities) will finally start putting 2 and 2 together and make some needed changes.
It's unbelievable to me that any industry has gotten to the point that they refuse to listen to the long-term employees who have the experience to do the job, but I suppose if they can get the older guys to quit, then they save money on pensions, insurance, etc. Fortunately, DH is vested in the pension, so can't lose than unless the company pulls an Enron, even if he decides to quit and find another job at some point. He sure hates to do that after 26 years, though, and at 53 years of age
Thanks for listening and letting me go on and on......but, do remember this when you pay your electric bills each month-it REALLY burns my butt to send the payment