[quote author=feistY link=topic=79299.msg822409#msg822409 date=1271524573]
With all due respect Justaworkingman, you are not the person at the top making $1 mil +, you are the person making the $50K. Once again, I would rather be making $50K than zero. The company I work for (nearly 25 years) hasn't given raises in over 2 years. They laid off at least 100+ people January of 2009. This year we are doing better financially so we will get raises. I just feel very blessed that I wasn't one of the laid off folks. It's very ugly out there in the employment world.
Have you not done anything at home since the economy took a nose dive? I know we have. We have cut coupons, watched every dime we've spent. I've even shopped at Goodwill a few times. We have no vacations planned. We are hoping all of our personal cut backs are only temporary. I would think if something is cut now (as in concessions), it will be returned when the economy bounces back. I do agree with you, I find it hard to believe that ABF is losing money but once again, I'm not the person at the top making decisions. I have no clue what their books look like.
I'm not trying to be argumentive at all, I'm just trying to point out that the grass is not always greener. Always remember to count your blessings.
You are absolutely right feistY. I'm not the person at the top. I'm just a plain old working man that realizes that all companies are playing the economic card at this time,not just ABF. Why, in order to get the working class where it belongs,in the lower income bracket. Management = upper level working class=lower level
You said it yourself in your reply that you have cut back. May I ask you a question,not to be sarcastic, but just how much are you willing to cut back before you are willing to fight for what you have?
I don't know how long that your husband has been working for ABF but anyone that has been there for awhile knows these concessions are just pure business as usual for this company. They would not be the company they were today if they didn't jump on the opportunity to get some concessions if they could.In 1988,they really were in bad shape from that hostile takeover attempt and asked for a pay cut then but the answer was no. Guess what...they pulled through after being 370 million in debt. I could go on and on .
Right now,the people that are on layoff are getting three to four days.If these concessions pass, they can figure on getting two days a week. That way the company won't have to pay their pension and health and welfare and they will get the rest to work overtime. That will happen, I have seen it many times before and that's at the normal pay. Just think of how many will work the overtime if they will have to take a pay cut.Look at the ABF site and you will see that they are loading up on casuals in most places. The casuals and the laid off men and women will get 2 days a week.This is what I really believe.The company doesn't give two cents for their employees, they have proven that numerous times.
I wish the best for you and your husband and everybody has that right to vote as they see fit. I'm not saying that you're wrong and I'm right. I'm just saying how I see it.