A new baby, Puff's father is dying, and now this.
The day before Puff was induced there was a memo passed around work informing us that there was to be an all day meeting today. Because I was off on my five day paid parental leave, I didn't attend the meeting, although I have contacted some of the people who were there. The news was grim.
My department is facing severe cuts. At least one guy is gone. The rest of us, assuming I am offered the same deal as the others who were not removed, are given a choice: A severance package; one year at full pay while we wait on a priority list for new available positions (I checked the website for job postings. Normally there are about a dozen. There are now none.); we stay on at reduced hours- from 35 hours a week to 25, representing a 28.6% loss in wages. The changes will take effect October 25th.
One way or another I will be looking for some form of work soon, either as full time, or looking for part time work to make up the shortfall. Quite possibly I will be going back to the way it was before I finally got this job: working multiple part time jobs to try and get enough money to live. Meanwhile, my family will be growing up without me. I took this stupid job to avoid that.
Pray for the guy who was let go. Pray for my family. Pray for me.