You’re Fired!


    By the time I reached the ripe old age of twenty-six years…

I was an ex-paper boy, ex-busboy, ex-dishwasher, ex-grocery store worker, ex-college student, ex-military, ex-machinist, ex-convenience store manager, ex-warehouse manager, ex-production manager, as well as many other professions. I managed to rack up well over ten jobs in the first twelve years of my life, and it didn’t go unnoticed by my mother. Time and time again she would preach to me about the importance of company loyalty, and time and time again I would preach to her about following the money. I was lucky in my earlier years. I always managed to take a new job for more money. My mother, however, was loyal to the bank that she worked for. A bank that she was loyal to for over thirty years. However, she finally came around to my belief the day that her employment was terminated. Imagine that, a loyal employee–for over thirty years–gets terminated. An employee who was never late, never called in sick, never asked for more money and really enjoyed what she did for a living. She was terminated because she acquired seniority and all the good things that come with it. She went on to become unemployed for over a year. It was a year of constantly dipping into the savings that she earned through her company 401k plan. Every time she would dip into that well she would have to pay a 35% penalty to the Government for early withdrawal, but “ya gotta do what ya gotta do.”

Although that happened many years ago; the same thing goes on and on. Companies are getting rid of people with seniority because they can. Just try to imagine reaching the ripe age of fifty-seven. You’re looking forward to only having to work for eight more years and retiring only to have your dream crash before your eyes. These are the times we live in. Groups of company executives hovering over the books trying to figure out how to make more profit–getting to the bottom line.

Today, at the company I work for, seven people lost their jobs. These are seven people that played by the rules, and never complained. They served as mentors to the younger workers. They had the experience needed to handle unique circumstances. They also went for years without raises while taking management at their word. Sad that the last words for them came in the form of, “You’re fired.”

It doesn’t matter how long one works for a company. It doesn’t matter if it’s the end of the month and you’re counting on that paycheck to pay the rent. It doesn’t even matter that it’s near a major holiday. When management wants to find money for their yearly bonuses they will get rid of you. This isn’t some flashy reality show with a mega-narcissist yelling, “you’re fired”. This is real life. This global economy that we have is unsustainable. It is built on a house of cards. A house of cards that comes crashing down every ten years. The direct result comes in the form of a recession, and the only way for companies to please their shareholders is to keep shipping jobs overseas. However, what is to come of the time when there are an extra 30-40 million workers for which there are no jobs? You think times are tough now?

These are hard times, but always remember one thing…

What comes around goes around…

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