Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Our Metaphorical Groundhog's Day!

With the Punxutawney Phil peeping out of his hole and seeing no shadow yesterday we find that six more weeks of gloomy weather are upon us. And in the Hatch household we also find that it might be several more days of gloom until we get some answers.

Well, February 2nd has come and gone and we are none the wiser on Jeff's job. The mine said that they would announce further lay-offs on Feb. 2nd so we stayed by the phone most of the day (we do have an answering machine) and received no calls. Both of us thought that was good news until I spoke to our neighbor who also works for the mine. I told him we had heard nothing yet and he said that Jeff would probably hear his status when he goes back on shift on Thursday night. So he will have to drive to work and ask if he is lucky or unlucky and then proceed from there. I am sorry but that is crap! We have been waiting around for Feb. 2nd for a month and now they are making us wait some more. I don't know if what our neighbor said is true or if we really are in the clear, but whatever the outcome this mine needs to get it together on communication and protocol. There are so many rumors flying around which people can't seem to stop spreading. Everyone likes to be the first to know. But when you hear something different from half a dozen people, it can begin to grate on your nerves. In the midst of all the lay-offs the mine should hire or at least assign someone to be the mouthpiece for the company and that person should release a statement to the local papers and announce on site to the employees what procedure will take place during a lay-off. Maybe they could hire me!

4 comments:

raedene said...

Sorry Monica... and Jeff... You guys hang in there! We love you!!!

Rachel said...

That really stinks that you still don't know! I remember reading in the official letter (the 2nd one) that they can take up to 2 weeks to notify all employees of layoffs. Hopefully they get everybody notified soon! Hang in there!

bek said...

monica, i know EXACTLY how you feel! we've been going around and around about rumors, that seem to be right out of the horses mouth, only to find out its not true. i hate how you think you have the info and you just NEVER KNOW because the mine's big shots change their mind every day. seriously, every day. nothing is what it seems, and they're either totally elusive, or act like they don't know what you're talking about. i wouldn't be surprised if morenci came out and said "statement? what statement? we didn't say we were going to 50%, where did you hear that?" oh, wait, it was a FORMAL statement made by the company. but that doesn't mean ANYTHING, does it? its how they feel on that day that matters. and the market is so volatile! ugh. sorry, this is a huge rant!

meghannamarie said...

Well put your resume in maybe after all the lay-offs they could hire someone with the OCD they need to be able to do all that!