At times it seems to me in life as in recovery.
That most things that happen to us in our lives on a daily basis is basicily out of our hands.
Case in point is my job, I work for the largest LTL (less then truckload)freight company in the U.S.. 5 years ago the company that I work for (Roadway Express)own all of its termnals and equipment out right. It was on sound finanicial footing and been profitable for the 70 years it had been in business. In 2004 it was taken over in an leverage buyout by our main rival whose financial picture had always been shakey at best.
As of today our existence is very much in doubt because of the state of the present ecomony and the huge debt load that the our parent corp has placed on us.
About three weeks ago the corp has asked the their employees to take a 10% paid cut from the contract that was agreed to only a year ago.
Tomorrow I have to vote yes or no to allowing the contract to be amended and sent it to the Teamster office in Washington D.C..
To say that I am pissed is an understatement. I bust my ass everyday for this company because.
1. I really enjoy and like my job.
2. That is who I am.I always give it my best.
I don't like the fact that someone or somebodies with more power chose to allow our conpany in end up in this financial quagmire. It makes me angry that a few choose to financially enrich themselves at the possible expense of 70,000 jobs.
I got this ballot in front of me to vote yes and my family will lose at least 8,000 dollars next year or vote no and most possiblity lose my job next year. So As distasteful as I find it I am going to have to vote yes to save my job.
To me it is distasteful and repulsive at how selfism and self-serving people are and that there is nothing I can do about it.
But I have learned that I can only do what is in my power to do. And in this situation all I can do is try and preserve my job and support my family. Keep my head held high and contiue to do my job to the best of my ability.
For today I am a survivor and not a victim.
And I chose to live my life in this way.