Mewsings from Lowecat (aka Indianacat)

My rants, ravings, and overall 'mewsings' on life, the universe, and everything.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

I took an awfully long walk. . .

around the circle today. Something I couldn't have done without stopping to rest my aching back and huff and puff two months ago.

Today I participated in a rally for our union at the downtown headquarters, which itself takes up a good city block (length wise and half block width wise). Despite the status at work, I am still part of the union, and was welcome by them to participate. So, DH let me off out front, and I held my sign proclaiming "we want job security" (a bit ironic to those of us who knew my situation). Several co-workers were present, using their lunch hour to participate, and seemed happy to see me.

Besides chanting in front the building, we marched to Monument Circle, in the heart of downtown. It's just a block away from work, and I did the whole thing, to and from the monument and around it, without having to stop. It took a little longer than most people, but to me, that was an accomplishment!

Also had a chance to talk to the major union reps, with the four day action this weekend, we'll see what happens with the contract. My greivance was filed before the contract termination occurred, but things are just up in the air right now, as to be expected. But, they seem encouraged, so we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Oy vay!

Well, I'm taking some more time off work, but not because I want to!

It's weird how the fates work at times, and in a call center environment, the fates can be very devilish. Suffice it to say that someone I tried to help didn't like the caliber of help and made complaints that held as much water as a leaky sieve. However, because TIIC seem to feel I have a "history" of being mean to customers (had been on disciplinary action before for this so-called history, but the d/a's were pending greivance through the union waiting for a district vp to be elected.), I am now on suspension, pending the possibility of termination.

On the good side, the union is standing behind me, and will try to get me reinstated. It's now just a wait and see. Also on the good side, I have my health (despite an itchy scar!), can get up whenever the need arises, my husband has a good job, we have our house and our kitties, and each other. We are blessed. I am blessed. And many friends both on line and in real life have been supportive.

On the bad side, this event sent me into a depression of major porportions. I just didn't care, didn't eat, and didn't do anything for me for a few days. Well, the pity party is over, and no matter what happens about the job, well, there are always options out there, and sitting on my arse won't bring them to me.

The union is getting poised to strike, having given the company 24 hours notice that the current contract, which was on a day-by-day extension since April 7 (actually, we gave 30 days notice that day of a strike, as the contract expired April 3) so that means that my grievance is on hold. *sigh*

Well, things could be worse.