Monday, January 12, 2009

Just Got Furloughed

My husband was out of town working when he got the call-- he's been furloughed. That's bitter news for us, since we were looking forward to the insurance. It was not a surprise however. We knew it was coming. My husband is worried that the recession might last long enough to end his railroad career before it ever got started.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Furloughs Everywhere

All around the country people are getting furloughed. Even people with a few years of seniority are having to seek jobs at Walmart. My husband was supposed to mark up to conductor soon, but before that happens he will be furloughed. His last week of scheduled work is next week. He's been told to expect to be put on the furlough board after that.

Guys who have worked for the RR for 120 days are eligible for benefits and get paid a small amount to defray living expenses. New people don't have those advantages. This is going to be a rough ride. We are hoping he'll eventually get called back.