Perfect Timing (yea right)
About 3 years ago I relocated for a job at a lumber yard. I was given terms of employment in paper and signed by the owner. This included promises raises and extended vacation time. About a year into the job when I was to get these things upon performance the company told it\’s employees that they were going to start laying people off. When I had brought up the promises given to me in writing I was basically told that I could keep my job as is or leave. So being that I knew the industry was going to bottom out I kept it as is. OK I was a little upset but hey thats life right. As the months went on there were more and more layoffs.
Knowing it was only a matter of time I started looking for a new job but because no one was hiring it was almost impossible. In the mean time my father had gotten sick stroke, heart surgery and cancer all in one year and then my mother a year later had a heart attack. Now I was responsible for making up the money they didn\’t have to pay bills. I had also met my then fiancée and was petitioning him to come to the US. All of which the company knew.
About 3 months ago, the day I got laid off, I was talking to a co-worker and we were discussing the next round of lay offs. He said don\’t worry they won\’t get rid of you, you do too much. I in turn told him everyone is expendable. Well 5pm that day I got called into the office and told I was being let go. I had somewhat expected it. I explained to them that my fiancées visa interview is in 3 weeks and I need to have proof of employment for him to get the visa. I asked if there was anyway to take a pay cut. They said no. I was allowed to pack up my stuff and leave. They were somewhat nice about it doing this at the end of the say while no one was around.
One of my co-workers called me the next day to tell me they let go of 14 more people that morning.
I luckily got a co-sponsor for my fiancée and he was able to get his visa. But now I need to do the rest of the paperwork which I cant until I have a job. Also I am trying to manage paying as much as I can for my parents bills with my unemployment. My mothers job is being discontinued at the end of the week. So now what?
To my previous employer, thanks a lot. Now my husband may have to go back to his country if I don\’t find another co-sponsor in 30 days and my mother may be evicted from her home. My father is lucky he is safely in a nursing home.
This post was submitted by Rachael.