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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 08:37 PM
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23. I am very sorry to hear about your brother's situation. He is in an awful position.
Edited on Sun Dec-07-08 08:43 PM by bertman
I know that lots of DU'ers think that business owners, managers, and supervisors are self-serving lackeys or slave-drivers. Having worked for both of the negative types I mentioned, I agree that some are.

As the owner of a small construction company I can tell you that being an owner in this type of economy is exceedingly stressful and difficult to deal with. It's not just the fact that you have to tell someone he/she no longer has a job, even though that is horrible in and of itself. It's the fact that almost all of our employees are on our health plan and they will risk losing not just their income, but their medical insurance as well. This goes not just for the employees, but for their children's coverage as well. Some of these people have been working together with us for seventeen years. I don't mind telling you that it is HELL to even think about having to put a good person and excellent employee out of work. Our company has only laid off one employee so far, so we are very lucky.

Three weeks ago we were looking at one job on our work schedule for 2009. My business partner and I have twelve other employees that we try our best to give full-time work and benefits. Most of them are men and women with families who depend on their paychecks to keep them going. So, seeing one small job on the schedule was eating away at us big time.

The good news is that we now have other projects signed up to start out the new year. That is a great relief, especially considering that many other construction companies are laying off their employees and the companies that supply builders are doing the same.

I fear that we are just beginning to see this "recession" take its toll. Good luck to all of you in weathering this.

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  -My brother just laid off 8 workers Xipe Totec  Dec-07-08 07:45 PM   #0 
  - My husband has been in that position and it totally sucks.  Shine   Dec-07-08 07:49 PM   #1 
  - I'm a QA engineer  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 07:53 PM   #2 
     - Gawd.  yibbehobba   Dec-07-08 08:12 PM   #8 
        - I'd go into the Eurozone if I were you.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 08:16 PM   #14 
        - As a migrant on a work permit...  yibbehobba   Dec-07-08 08:19 PM   #16 
           - I know of one of our former employees (American) who now works in Germany.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 09:58 PM   #33 
        - My advice  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 08:17 PM   #15 
           - I'm currently IN the place where the layoffs are the worst.  yibbehobba   Dec-07-08 08:23 PM   #17 
              - I'm just sayin shit has hit the fan in the Bay Area as well  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 08:30 PM   #20 
              - Hi I'm IN Holland, and it's rough outside the randstad  comtec   Dec-08-08 06:46 AM   #38 
                 - It's bad everywhere.  yibbehobba   Dec-08-08 08:33 AM   #39 
  - People don't realize what an impact this will have.  OhioChick   Dec-07-08 07:54 PM   #3 
  - How true  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 07:57 PM   #4 
  - I want no part of management at all. Management duties like "laying off " people suck.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 08:00 PM   #5 
  - Once I was demoted from supervisor - Oh happy day  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 08:07 PM   #6 
  - They gave you back a lot of freedom.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 08:13 PM   #9 
     - I know exactly what you mean  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 08:28 PM   #19 
        - I hate to say it, but I think we will hear more stories like this in the coming months.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 10:05 PM   #34 
  - No kidding. I've been on both sides of the table.  lumberjack_jeff   Dec-07-08 08:14 PM   #10 
  - my main goal in life was to not HAVE a boss, nor BE a boss...  QuestionAll   Dec-07-08 08:58 PM   #26 
     - The Lord works in mysterious ways, don't he?  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 09:06 PM   #28 
        - the lord?  QuestionAll   Dec-07-08 09:44 PM   #30 
  - People just don't understand how many industries, are interrelated to  Historic NY   Dec-07-08 08:10 PM   #7 
  - My co workers relative worked at a tool repair shop  rainbow4321   Dec-07-08 08:15 PM   #12 
     - I've got a couple of restorations in progress & when the little guys close..  Historic NY   Dec-07-08 08:27 PM   #18 
        - That's what I've been worrying about....whether we'll be able to get  Lars39   Dec-07-08 08:36 PM   #21 
  - MY BIL laid off 120 workers at Borisch Mfg in Kentwood Michigan on Friday.  sarcasmo   Dec-07-08 08:15 PM   #11 
  - My husband got laid off three weeks ago  JulieRB   Dec-07-08 08:16 PM   #13 
  - Dow Chemical is laying off contractors this month, due to less product demand.  8_year_nightmare   Dec-07-08 08:36 PM   #22 
  - I am very sorry to hear about your brother's situation. He is in an awful position.  bertman   Dec-07-08 08:37 PM   #23 
  - I was laid off a month ago and I know it was no fun for my ex boss.  sellitman   Dec-07-08 08:41 PM   #24 
  - I was laid off twice in the last two years  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 08:53 PM   #25 
     - That's been my experience. Nobody relishes the idea of getting laid off,  closeupready   Dec-07-08 09:56 PM   #32 
     - I found a better job as well.  roamer65   Dec-07-08 10:07 PM   #35 
     - Glad to hear of your good fortune.  sellitman   Dec-08-08 09:52 AM   #40 
  - I can imagine being in that position would seriously have to suck.  EOO   Dec-07-08 09:00 PM   #27 
     - It does  Xipe Totec   Dec-07-08 09:16 PM   #29 
        - Yeah I understand that.  EOO   Dec-07-08 09:55 PM   #31 
        - That's fucked up. Look forward to having family trouble in later years  justaregularperson   Dec-08-08 02:00 AM   #36 
           - Sadly true. There's an operative mythology in America about self-reliance  closeupready   Dec-08-08 06:27 AM   #37 
           - These are the later years n/t  Xipe Totec   Dec-08-08 11:08 AM   #41 
           - Yep,  tavalon   Dec-08-08 11:17 AM   #42 

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