As you can imagine I’m sobbing, terrified that this I never dreamed I’d end up being super cool son of a freakin’ awesome mom but here I am living the dream shirt man baby is going to whollop me one good as G is screaming bloody murder in the background ALSO terrified of her father. My mom, who was quite a ways up the trail at the time, comes flying down the hill after hearing the commotion and proceeds to hoof my uncle out of my face as she’s screaming at him to watch his own kid and stay the hell away from me. At this point random tourists are eyeing us like we’re a bunch of wild beasts out for blood (which to be fair my mom was, don’t mess with her, she’s terrifying when she gets angry.) I can’t remember too much afterwards but I’ll never forget having to wipe the spit off my cheek and G clinging to my side afterwards terrified to speak. The hourly employees were covered by the union contract that any new buyer would have to honor. The salaried people, including me, were promised that if the new buyer didn’t offer a similar job with at least the same salary, we would be eligible for a lucrative severance payment. My calculated severance would have been over a year’s pay. While everyone’s salary was exactly the same, the total compensation and benefits package were much worse. My compensation decreased by over 25%. In addition, working for the oil giant was too much like working for the federal government, with tons of regulations and red tape. Legally, none of us was eligible for the cash payoff.
The Beatles Abbey Road Santa Christmas shirt The end result is that most of the technical staff at the plant quit and found jobs elsewhere. My new employer restored my full compensation and tacked on an extra 15% for good measure. I waa asked to fill in a form when i arrived, related to my education, personal details etc. When the director came, he asked quite a few inappropriate questions to me in the presence of the manager (3 of us were in the room). I personally found the questions weird and pathetic. I told him I’ve never been employed and he was curious how i was financially living to which i replied student funding. He then was adamant on knowing how much it was, i said i don’t remember, he said “it must be a lot”.