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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Multiple layoff notices start 2005

My friends at AT&T report managers got layoff notice 1/18 - union folks 1/25, and the CNRPs will be getting notice 1/28.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The cost of COBRA

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act - COBRA - gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102 percent of the cost to the plan.

For us layed off AT&T workers, the 2005 cost to continue our benefits under COBRA is about $450 single coverage, $1150 family coverage - monthly.

Click HERE for the COBRA Insurance website.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Rumor Mill - Merger

Rumor has it AT&T and Verizon will merge early next year.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Loyalty Confusion

I’m a baby boomer, who was downsized from a long, rewarding career at AT&T, watching it’s corporate culture change dramatically of late, who has a good 20 years working time left.  I’m struggling where to put personal work values and ethics against the reality of today’s corporate climate, and needing to pay the mortgage every month.

Older folks like me commit ourselves 100% to a company, giving them our loyalty and the best of ourselves, motivated to climb the corporate ladder by doing a good job - in return expecting a decent salary and longevity.

It ain’t like that anymore. To companies, the bottom line is the dollar, nothing else, and today’s younger generation has adopted to this reality. A GenX-er gets a job, learns what he/she can from it, then moves on to another company.  Loyalty and commitment aren’t worth as much - and the business models of today (increased outsourcing) discourages this attitude.

Finding a full time job that pays reasonably well has proven nearly impossible, so I signed a contract with a rent-a-tech company, which I’m learning means jumping from job to job with no benefits, no vacation, but an hourly wage better than anything else out there. 

New motivations need to be found.  What are they?

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

An Open Plea to Labor Unions

The 2004 Presidential election is over. Unions backed Kerry. Kerry Lost. So what are they going to do now?

The Labor Unions donated more than $40,000,000 to the Kerry Campaign and Kerry lost the election. My first question is were you backing the right candidate? My second question is why were you spending money from Union Dues on a Presidential Election? My third question is why didn’t you spend the $40,000,000 on a campaign to bring jobs to the US instead of trying to defeat a sitting president and backing a loosing Presidential Candidate?

Now that the 2004 election is over, are the labor unions going to go back to sleep until 2008? Are the unions going to work with President Bush to affect US policy in favor of the American Worker?

If Unions had millions of dollars to back a Presidential candidate why don’t they spend millions of dollars on AD campaigns targeting large companies like IBM or Dell who outsource our jobs? Why aren’t they exposing companies like Sears who claims their tools are made in America, but all their power tools are made in China? These companies are the real enemy of the American worker. Presidents to NOT hire or fire workers, companies do.

Why didn’t the labor unions use their financial clout to lobby the American people? Why didn’t they buy Ads encouraging Americans to stop buying products from any company that relocates jobs from America to a foreign country?

In closing, the “Look for the Union Label” song in the 60’s was catchy, but most Americans didn’t get it. Unions had no problem spending millions of union dollars putting on ads to tear down a Presidential candidate, why didn’t they use their clout to expose corporate greed and tear down companies that outsource jobs?

The people have the power to change their purchasing habits. Lets get “MAD as hell” at one company at a time until all US companies hear us! Lets declare war on companies that outsource jobs or close manufacturing plants in America to relocate them off shore.

It is time for Unions to think and act outside the BOX.

Credit: American Job Blog
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