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.

3 comments:

Furloughed in the Heartland said...

I understand your situation all too well. My husband has been furloughed since October & has worked for the RR for 2 yrs. It was bumpy last winter but this winter is the worst. Here there is no AW board, therefore no montly compensation or benefits. We will be without insurance at the end of February. The near future looks bleak. My husband has started another but ends are not meeting, he is looking for another partime job as well. Everything I am reading does not look good. Good luck to you & your family!

Sheri said...

We are now on the furlough board as well. My husband was furloughed just recently. Since it's been going on in our community for several months, it's nearly impossible to find alternative, tempoary employment in our community right now. We feel your pain and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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