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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 09:37 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 09:43 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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