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I love the job I have and I'm proud of the work I do. I live in Ohio, the birthplace of Orville Wright (Wilbur was born in Indiana according to Wiki) and the plant I work for manufactures and assembles the wax molds for turbine engines for flight. These molds will eventually move on to bigger and more exciting places where the wax will be replaced by actual materials that make a plane fly! I feel like I'm part of the continuing legacy of flight.

By nature, I don't like heights and I'm terrified of air travel. I think I'm just the right person for a job like this. Nobody trembles at the sound of a huge plane taking off the way I do. If anybody understands the margin for error in these delicate assemblies of modern machines that we depend upon to keep us safe, it's me with all my quirks and phobias.

I don't even listen to the radio on the way to the airport on the rare times I have to fly. I'll get spooked by a Don McLean song and turn around and go back home.

I xray the small core parts and then the film is processed, developed and inspected for breaks in the cores of the parts. My work diminishes the possibility of plane crashes. I handle these parts very gently even though nobody really had to tell me to. I'm meticulous about the way I arrange parts on film to that they're seen clearly. I love looking at the films when they come out of the developer. I feel satisfied when they're clear and symmetrical and perfect and lemme tell you, ALL of my shots are beautiful. With these parts in my hands, I am responsible for lives. The guys and gals who inject and create these parts are responsible for planes staying in the air, too.

There are several other cells in the company that do the assembling of the parts after they've passed my inspection. These cells are filled with people in the same situation. They work for years and years without permanent hire or even due raises.

The problem is not with the job but the company who employs us. Some of us are not employees, we're temporary workers. Some of us have been temps for years without the possibility of permanent hire. We survive on a barely livable wage and we have no health insurance. We live in constant fear of being fired without recourse or good reason. The temporary agency that employs us is rumored to be owned by the same person who owns the company. The same agency that gives us employment also hangs over our heads like a threatening guillotine. If we don't like it, they just get another temp in our place. I've seen so many people come and go in a year, I can hardly hope to get comfortable or friendly with anyone before I come in to work to find that they've been replaced or fired.

And the company CEO taunts us with Romney/Ryan signs that line the grassy treelawn in front of the building on top of it all.

My days are numbered at this place because I can't work under these conditions for years. I'll find somewhere else to work but before I go...before I go...I've gotta say something, I've gotta write something, I've gotta heckle something, I've gotta do something...I can't just walk away until I let these bastards know what they are and how I feel about them.

What can I do?

I'm currently looking for other employment and I have some things lined up that might work out for me. Whatever happens, I'm gonna get outta this place and never look back.

Last week they fired a 60 year old man for passing bad parts through inspection. He had been working there (permanent hire) for about 3 years. The problem with this is the unorganized and overworked management that doesn't take the time to get everyone on the same page about things like calibration of the machines used to inspect, etc. I'd been hearing this man complain about the discrepancies and the confusion and the improper training, etc. This company finds a way to blame the vulnerable worker rather than the inept management and supervision every single time.

The CEO employs both her children and her personal friends in high ranking supervisor positions and pays them well. While we're forbidden to even bring our cell phones into the building, her daughter walks around talking on her cell phone, mocking us all. The nepotism and the racism is unlike anything I've ever seen. They never appoint any person of color to a supervisor position. Instead, they'll bring white people that work in other departments to take over supervisor jobs while the well trained and loyal Mexican Americans, African Americans languish at a machine with no wage increases and no hope for advancement. I've been completely flabbergasted at the choices they've made for supervisors while a black guy or Latino is clearly the most qualified and experienced. It's like they can't picture themselves having to defer to anybody but a white person. It's blatant and outrageous. It's happened to me twice. I don't care anymore. I don't want them to hire me.

One of the guys got hired and got no wage increase so now that they take out for health insurance, he makes a lot less money than when he was a temp and he's never getting a raise. Nobody gets a review anymore. They used to happen quarterly and now they happen...I don't even know. I haven't had one yet and it's been a whole year. I'm not the only one.

One employee told me he makes only about a dollar per hour more than when he was hired 7 years ago. He's practically chained to this place because of his age. He's nearly 60 and he's has two major surgeries that had to replace actual body parts. He's had his hand crushed in a machine and restructured. He works hard and he's smart and responsible. I can understand why he's reluctant to leave. This place has taken one of his hands and he doesn't want to leave it there. Some other company might notice his injuries and defects and pass him over because he's nearly 60 and hasn't even got a whole left hand.

We were all forced to attend the annual Christmas party thrown by the CEO last year. We have to sit there and listen to the CEO ramble on about how much she appreciates her employees for 2 or 3 hours and then we line up like slaves to get our checks and $25 gift certificates at the local grocery chain. For 2-3 hours we sit at tables and enjoy buffet style crap food and watch the idiot CEO spin around and do "ethnic dances" while we all yawn and try to pretend we appreciate it.

I was so pissed at that Christmas party, I heckled the entire thing. I was way in the back so of course, they couldn't hear me but my coworkers sitting by sure did. "I will not dance for you oppressive freaks. I will not be your monkey! Gimme me goddamn check, bitch, so I can go home! Oh, who gives a fuck, gimme my check! This food sucks! Gimme my check, you twisted freaks!".

All this so the Queen Bee and her lucky sperm-egg spawn creatures can smile and feel good about "giving back" to their workers. Fuck off!

I was minding my business one day and the CEO walks through my area loudly asking my supervisor if "we really need TWO people in xray". Of course, my supervisor said "Heck yeah! There's a lot of work over here!". For doing nothing but working hard, I have to suffer this woman on a warpath walking around me casually threatening my job security. She'd love to cut my head off to save not even $15,000/year. She'd love to overwork and overwhelm my coworker with double work and then she'd walk through and complain about why no parts are moving through the company to other cells because they're all hung up in inspection.

What a sadistic asshole, she is.

A hired employee was recently fired because he was arrested outside the company and on his own time for drug trafficking and then he failed a drug test. I don't blame the company for that but what about the in-house employee assistance program that is supposed to help people overcome drug addiction? I've seen and heard of people who have been demoted for drug abuse, poor work performance, alcoholism, etc and they're still standing. They're all white, too. I should clarify; this guy who was fired was also white but he's a "hillbilly". Facial hair, tattoos and the whole anti-corporate get-up. And the drug trafficking? I can't help but consider that he wouldn't have been doing that if he had been paid a decent wage or if the company cared enough about him to implement their program that helps employees with depression. The man's young daughter died about 2 years ago in a terrible accident.

I dunno. It's complicated.

Our weekends are held hostage until the last minute on Friday when we're told (TOLD) to come in on Saturday for overtime. This is something that I rarely have to do but I watch other people's disappointed faces darken with the prospect of missing a child's birthday or a family outing or even just a day of rest before Sunday. This company gives me every reason to think that if it weren't for labor laws that guarantee a minimum wage (which they pay a little above, I'll give them that much credit) and a weekend, they'd have us all in there 7 days a week, barely surviving on $2 per hour. I'm wondering why they don't just outsource this whole facade to some overseas hellhole where they can do just that. Probably because the CEO left her own overseas hellhole to come here and oppress US. Thanks a lot.

Yes, this woman, this CEO is an immigrant who votes for Romney, the man who could give a shit about dark immigrants. She's a white immigrant so obviously, Mitt isn't going to deport HER white ass, just the Mexicans that she depends on for cheap temporary labor.

And the Romney/Ryan signs.....arrggghhhhhh....

I hear you loud and clear, lady. I bet you do love Romney's twisted "I love firing people" ass. You prove everyday how much you despise your workers. We did not live under any delusions that you might not have contempt for us. Thanks for pouring salt on our already festering wounds.

I can't wait to get hired somewhere else. If I get a few last days to clown these mutherfuckers, I'm gonna have a blast before I go.

I'm definitely gonna troll their goddamn "suggestion box". "I suggest that you oppressive bastards pay people a livable wage and give them wage increases according to merit like any decent company would do..." "I suggest that you stop all this nepotism and racism and let the best workers, whatever their gender or race, have the opportunities for advancement the way your children and friends do..."

They actually promoted a guy who nearly killed another employee because he hangs out and is buddies with the CEO's son. There was a raging fire and mushroom cloud explosion 30 feet from where I work caused by this guy. Another employee had just pulled his head out of the chamber within seconds of the explosion caused by this nitwit. He walks around like he owns the place. If anybody else did such a thing, they'd be gone.

I'd like to heckle their next abusive employee meeting where we're all humiliated (again) and told when we should use the bathroom and buy drinks from the vending machine. I like to raise my hand and ask; "So does that mean we all get wage increases?" when they stand in front of us and smirk about obtaining another million dollar client. When they say no, I'd like to fire back, "Well then why should I give a shit that you greedy sons of bitches are gonna make more money when we're not?! Don't throw this shit in my face while you still oppress me. I hope a union comes along and kicks the crap out of you..."

And then I'd walk out (escorted) smiling and saying "fuck you" to everybody I always wanted to say it to.

I'd love to write a nice typed and proper business style letter to the CEO telling her how evil she is and how stupid she makes women look. She's a constant goofball who understands nothing about floor operations and everybody knows how she got that job by dating the previous owner. She stands in front of us bragging about how she came to this country with nothing, worked her way up and now....

And now she's the overlord of oppression that keeps the rest of us down. "Oh, you girls will go far in this company because you speak English..." Yeah, right. The only fluent English speakers that will ever go anywhere in this company were born from her body.

And I NEVER disparage women in high ranking positions. I never try and push the meme that she "slept her way to the top" but this woman actually did just that. And now she struts around us like she's rewritten history when everybody knows exactly how she became CEO.

I'm not gonna vandalize anything or cause an uproar, I just want to plant seeds of troll in this place before I go. I want it all to be on me so nobody else will get punished for my antics.

I'd like to be profound in my trollery and find the right words to say because when I get angry, "Fuck you!" is right there waiting to jump out my mouth. A well placed "fuck you" is good sometimes but it's too good for them. It would only degrade me and justify them.

Have you ever been in a situation like this? What did you do?

There's no way I'm not gonna let somebody have it before I go. I'd just like to do it so they never forget. I wonder if I can report them to some kind of agency or...I have no idea what to do and I ALWAYS knew what to do. I'm a Chicago trained community organizer for life and now I find myself in the leader position, needing badly to be organized by somebody subjective, somebody not angry and clouded like me.

I get so angry that I can't think straight. Maybe I should just walk away quietly and let it be. I dunno. I'm just really pissed.

Fuckin Romney signs taunting me everyday. Grrrrrr....Maybe I just needed to vent.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:05:16 PM PDT

  •  Damn. Just... damn. (5+ / 0-)

    I'm gonna have to re-read again this in a bit, but damn.    

    -- Mitty's media placement firm is named "American Rambler." How appropriate.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:22:05 PM PDT

  •  Exit Interview? (6+ / 0-)

    Get your new job first, then let it rip.  The last hospital I worked at mailed an exit questionnare to me a few weeks after I retired.  

    Finally......I was finally able to say what I really thought about how thinly they spread their nurses, how dangerous it was to work there & that they made their nurses pay for educational classes held at the hospital......instead of appreciating nurses who were interested in keeping up, they made us pay to do it.  

    •  I doubt that company does anything like (4+ / 0-)

      that but that's why I was thinking of writing the CEO an anonymous letter after I'm gone. I don't care if she knows it's me, I just think it would intrigue her to wonder who it is for a while. ;-P

      BTW, you'd think a HOSPITAL would like to be deeply invested and concerned about the ongoing training of people who keep other people alive. It's not like cosmetology licensing where you have to have updated training of some sort to renew your license. It's not like a new hair weaving technique. I'm pretty sure that these classes were important enough to save a life.

      smh. Nurses don't make enough as it is. I completely understand. That's fucked up.

      "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

      by GenXangster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:46:48 PM PDT

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      •  for profit. that's all it's about. (3+ / 0-)

        Doesn't matter if it's a hospital - shit, a good friend who was the head nurse on a kidney transplant unit (large urban hospital) told me that hospital managment COUNTED on the nursing & support staff to care about their patient's welfare & TAKE whatever crappy scheduling, personnel cutbacks, etc they wanted to dish out, just so their spreadsheets were nice & healthy.  Fucking vultures.

        Your company management sounds like petty dictators run wild.  They don't sound smart enough by a long shot -- if the quality of their workers goes down & their products suck as a result, they don't think there;ll be consequences, like if (god forbid) there's a fatal crash due to parts failure??  

        I'm so angry & sorry for you, GenX.  I have no advice for you except to stay true and stay connected with the good people there - you need each others support.   You have my support, even if it's only over the intertubes :)

        Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

        by FindingMyVoice on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:05:45 AM PDT

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    •  I think that exit interviews are, as pundits love (3+ / 0-)

      To say, performance art.

      Former employees take lots of time to tell the truth and nothing ever changes.

      At least, that's been my experience at corporations, perhaps small business is different.

      I tend to doubt it though.

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      by grover on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 01:52:09 AM PDT

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    •  Not worth it in my experience. /nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:41:04 AM PDT

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  •  Counting my blessings that I don't have to work (6+ / 0-)

    for somebody else anymore. I quite my last job almost ten years ago, and now enjoying working for myself from home. But this diary sure does remind me of why I never want to go back to working for somebody else.

    I feel your pain of having to work for stupid people who don't know what the heck they are doing. I remember it all too well.

    As for telling them off, it's not worth it. It won't change anything. Writing this diary and venting probably helped a lot and you will find a lot of moral support here at DK.

    My mother always told me that the best revenge is to live a good life. It's true. Besides you never know when you'll run into one of these idiots again, and you don't necessarily want to burn your bridges. Just smile and get yourself out of there as soon as you can.

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

    by hungrycoyote on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:42:09 PM PDT

    •  You are wise, hungrycoyote. (3+ / 0-)
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      I'll be okay. I'm relatively young and employable and English is my first language and I'm not a felon, etc. It's the community organizer in me. That's how I got that job. I told the ED that I was really pissed off at the way I saw people being hurt all the time and I got the job because I said that and nobody else did that interviewed.

      Fired up! Ready to troll! LOL

      I just get angrier everyday. I had to tell people to stop telling me terrible things because I needed to concentrate and they were making me angry, not at them but at the company. They tell me these things all day. I guess they could organize a walk-out but the bastards would just call up the temp service and get more people.

      "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

      by GenXangster on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:56:39 PM PDT

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  •  Venting, the new American dream. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 01:23:02 AM PDT

  •  Vent to your friends. (3+ / 0-)
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    bluedust, polecat, GenXangster

    And on your last day, smile and say "thank you. I've learned a lot here."

    And walk out smiling with your held held high. Burn  no bridge because you never know who or what is in your future.  

    Importantly, be sure that nothing you do makes life harder for your co-workers/friends you leave behind.

    The best revenge is living well.

    I know you will. You have amazing spirit, an inspiring soul. This job is just a pit stop. Shake the dust off your sandals  and continue your great journey.  

    Your adventure is to leave your mark on the earth. You already have started even with one arm tied behind behind your back as you work here. When it's time to move on, just go. Don't give the satisfaction of knowing they bothered you for one moment. Bullies thrive on that crap.

    Meh, just continue on your adventure.


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    by grover on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 01:45:53 AM PDT

    •  ^^^ what grover said (2+ / 0-)
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      GenXangster, grover

      [insert .gif of Pres. Obama dusting off his shoulders during a campaign speech in '08 ]

      Comfort the afflicted. Afflict the comfortable.

      by FindingMyVoice on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:09:19 AM PDT

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    •  Grover is a better person than I am. Good advice. (2+ / 0-)
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      GenXangster, grover

      Be well.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:40:32 AM PDT

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      •  Nah. grover has simply dealt with a lot of bullies (1+ / 0-)
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        and drama queens and kings in her life.

        A wise person told me long ago, "pick your battles."

        Nothing is ever gained by battling a bully. They seek out battles. The THRIVE on fights.

        Denying them fights; smiling when they try to pick fights; walking away with apparent calm (even if you're choking back tears) with your head head high, your integrity intact,  when all they want you to do is engage and fight back on their terms is winning.

        grover plays the long game.


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        by grover on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:47:30 PM PDT

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    •  Love it - good advice. Hugs to you, GenX n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Short of writing F__ROMNEY on the lawn (1+ / 0-)
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    with fertilizer (so it keeps growing back -- nondestructive), the only other thing that comes to mind is exposing an entire lot of x-ray film.  That must have been a bad batch, etc.

    X-Ray tubes are expensive, btw.  Maybe yours isn't running up to spec.

    Are you wearing a film badge?  (You should!)  Exposing a batch of them can be amusing, too.  Except for the blood test part.

    I find it cathartic to THINK about ways of getting even and then not doing anything.  Dog poop on the mercedes driver side door handle, etc.

    WD-40 in the tailpipe so black smoke comes out.  (Again, nondestructive, but it freaks them out)

    Things like that.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 06:39:41 AM PDT

  •  The fact that your boss supports Romney sounds (1+ / 0-)
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    like enough reason for everyone who works there to vote for Obama. She probably doesn't do him any favors with her signs.

    Damn, I spent a long time writing a response and I hit post and it disappeared. I'm going to get a cup of coffee and try again. (Just had to express my frustration.)

  •  I think you're going to find that there are a lot (1+ / 0-)
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    of people here that share some of your experiences.

    After I dropped out of college, I had a series of awful jobs for several years. They were all low paid, with an hourly wage, no benefits, no vacation, not even sick days. I have never had health insurance through a job and I have never been given a raise. Some of those jobs were "temp" jobs, but as you've noticed that's rarely an honest designation.

    I've been, for a long time now, an advocate of being self-employed. When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I worked painting houses on a few occasions. My mother had a decorating obsession and we were always repainting the house. I enjoyed doing it and when I got older I always was willing to help friends paint their apartments. Along the way I picked up a few special finishes. Friends of friends started asking me to help them and, one day, feeling like I was being taken advantage of, I got a little pissy and said, "Sure, if you pay me." She did. Meanwhile, I was working all those jobs I hated. I had a mini-breakdown after one of those office Christmas parties you described so well. The higher ups sat at tables and the lower orders, like me, stood. They served food that you had to eat with a knife and fork and they made us go on our lunch hour, so I went back to work having eaten nothing. I went back and quit.

    Since by this point I'd been paid to paint houses on a few occasions, I took an ad out in the paper and, I do have to say I was surprised that people actually called. I made a lot of mistakes and there are a lot of things I would do differently if I could do it over again. I was hardly prepared, but after a couple of years I was doing quite well, in my opinion.

    Most clients were very nice. There were occasional jerks, but it's easier to deal with them knowing that you're not beholden to them. I loved the sense of control. Most people treated me like a professional and it restored some of the sense of self-worth I had lost over my failures in college and the terrible jobs I had afterward.

    I feel obligated to add here that just the other day I had a conversation with my sister. She works for a company that helps train and find jobs for people with barriers to employment. She told me that she gets aggravated with people who think that everyone can just go to work for themselves or start their own businesses. As she said, "That's just not an option of many people." So, I'm not saying that you should do that. I've made enough mistakes in my life that I wouldn't dream of telling anyone else what he or she should do. I know you have a lot of responsibilities and I was about twenty-three or twenty-four and had only myself to think of.

    Still, if you have any abilities, and from the way you write you probably do, that other people admire, you might want to see if you can do some work here and there with an eye to building up a set of references in case you find yourself our of work. Your job doesn't sound too secure, I'm afraid.

    Be careful at office Christmas parties.

  •  Any demonstration of discontent will hurt you. (0+ / 0-)

    Management will not remember, nor care, what you have to say when you leave.  Just by the act of leaving, you will have proved that they have 'won', and the bigger the scene you make, the more ammunition they have to deride you once you are gone.  
    Sorry, but those 'rebellions' actually hurt the people that have to stay.  They cannot openly agree with you, for they will be guilty by association.  They could be  "made an example of" to quiet any dissention, resulting in giving management more justification and power.

    I am not saying to stay.  Lord no.  But, "Don't get mad, get even".
    You, nor anyone else, can change the management style.  Neopotism is not illegal, and is actually encouraged.  Passing the company on to one's heirs is seen as a stabilizing act for the companies well being.

    But, how the company treats the -Safety- of it's workers is in the government's realm (as well as an insurance issue).  Environmental concerns also come to mind, and any blantant misappropriations of company funds could interest the IRS (and bank loans).

    If the company is cutting corners using temp workers, it is probably also fudging on OHSA and EPA requirements.  And no company wants to audited by the IRS.  Lenders in todays environment like none of the above.

    So, document any irregularities.  Gather other peoples statements.  I believe those statements can be submitted anonymously, with the names being confidential if taken up by the appropriate regulatory agencies.  (you will need to check that against 'whistle blower' protections, those should be publicly available on their web sites).

    Before you submitt any complaints to the agencies, it helps to have, and is a basic function of, your political representitives.  It is commonly unappreciated that your politicians have a role in, how to say, -representing- you,
    Especially wrt other government agencies.

    a personnal aside:  When I was younger, I was suprised when I discovered that my dad personnally knew Les Aspin.  (we were of the wrong caste, and not politically active).  Even more so, that Les knew my dad.  I came to find out that anytime my dad had dealings with -any- government body (local, state or national), he always went to the appropriate representative for advice before appearing before an agency.  I went with him on occasion, and remember Les always stressing "That's what I'm her for".  (I just hope that that is still true.)

    But the bottom line is, your rep. is there to help guide you, and they encourage involvement.  So gather all the facts, be prepared, and talk with them.  They realise that their success is tied to helping their people (most do, at least).  If you can't get access, try another rep.

    Does the company deal with any union shops?  Because the company uses temp workers, it may not be possible to make any impact via union routes, but at least you could talk with them, they are expert at knowing workers rights (even temps have basic rights), and how to push back against tyrannical management.  They may be especially interested if your company is a risk to their workers quality standards (and thus their bargining power).

    So to summarize, if you want to make an impact for the workers, and not just piss on the threshold as you leave.
    - collect/document any and all irregularities.
    - enlist support.
    - hit 'em where it hurts, and where it will make a difference.  Bring it to the attention of the people with teeth, or money in the game.

    I'm sure there are case studies on the net about similar situations to your's, I just thought I'd throw out a few ideas to get you going.

    (sorry for the extra long post, but) Thanks for listening.

    A: Mitt is a lying sack of shit. Q: Name an immutable natural law.

    by TheDuckManCometh on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 01:47:57 PM PDT

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