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  •  One of my co-workers was seasonal UPS (1+ / 0-)
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    And was let go prior to Xmas weekend. He was stunned: he had been doing double shifts somewhat regularly from a week before Thanksgiving up until Dec  22nd.

    Occupy Wall Street AND K Street!!!!

    by Egalitare on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 06:42:40 AM PST

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    •  Actually it makes sense. (0+ / 0-)

      Given that Christmas was a Sunday, pretty much all the presents should have arrived by Thursday the 22d.

      Since you describe your acquaintance as a co-worker, sounds like he landed on his feet, so there's a silver lining for him.

      •  He and I have been P/T employees... (0+ / 0-)

        ...in a school system for several years. I am underemployed somewhat by choice: my wife earns 6-figures and my more important job is as "Mr. Mom."

        My co-worker pieces together P/T jobs as seasonal coach and security guard in addition to our common employment. He just turned 30, has some college education (was a partial scholarship athlete at a Div II school before a severe knee injury ended that).

        UPS and Fed Ex normally keep many seasonal employees beyond Christmas Day because of returns and after Xmas orders. He knows 3 or 4 people he was working with who just ended their seasonal work this past weekend. He simply wasn't one of the handful that got to stay until the "expected" end.

        Occupy Wall Street AND K Street!!!!

        by Egalitare on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 08:11:50 AM PST

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