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  posted on 4/6/2009 at 10:42 PM
I got laid off last week after 4 years at the same job. Got a phone call at 7:30am and that was it...argh!

 

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  posted on 4/6/2009 at 10:47 PM
And Friday was my last day with GE Healthcare after being with them for 9 1/2 years.

Hang in there. Better days are ahead...

 

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  posted on 4/6/2009 at 10:50 PM
My best wishes to both of you.

 

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  posted on 4/6/2009 at 11:00 PM
My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.

 

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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



Unless she was fired for cause she is going to get unemployment. Best of luck for the future.

 

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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



Unless she was fired for cause she is going to get unemployment. Best of luck for the future.


She'll be happy to hear that. Thanks.

 

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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



This is unconscionable. She needs to file a grievance. Tomorrow.

I will keep you and your wife in my prayers....

 

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  posted on 4/6/2009 at 11:51 PM
Very unjust. My best thought for all of you.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 12:09 AM
Sorry to hear about the problems with enployment happening with so many. Thoughts are with you all for a better door awaiting to open for you. And punknseed, don't let your wife go down without a fight here.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 02:59 AM
So sorry to hear about all the job losses

punknseed...check out the Family Medical Leave Act.



[Edited on 4/7/2009 by bluedad]

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 05:50 AM
Sorry to hear about these job losses.

Punknseed, she may get denied initially, but make sure you appeal. They will have to defend their actions.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 06:28 AM
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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



Unless she was fired for cause she is going to get unemployment. Best of luck for the future.


She'll be happy to hear that. Thanks.


Make sure she files and if her employer pushes back she needs to make a step by step case to prove why she was let go.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 06:58 AM
Very sorry to hear of all the job losses and hoping those who have lost their jobs find better ones soon.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 07:23 AM
Sorry to hear this.

All to common the last few months

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 08:26 AM
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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.





She needs to bring a lawsuit. Seems discriminatory. I suggest you contact an attonrey who is familiar wile federal court.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 08:35 AM
Hang in there folks.... I've been off since august..... [ contruction ]

As the others have said , keep on'em punkin'......

I was fired with no just reason & I have been drawing checks since aug.


It's a hard climb sometime , but if your in the right you'll have a chance .....

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 08:38 AM
So sorry to hear about everyone's losses. It has been happening far too often.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 08:39 AM
Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who are recently unemployed. Myself I'm trying to find a job, haven't worked since 2005. I had enough money that I was getting by alright, but unfortunately, my stocks lost a lot of value, and now I find myself in a position of having to go back to work, and it's damn hard to find a job when pushing 57 years old. If I don't get something soon, probably going to have to put the wife's BMW up for sale, and the only vehicle we'll have is the my Cherokee. Also, just got my property assestment, and my condo's value has lost over $120,000. Last year it's value was $220,000, now it's only a $100,000 which is less than what I paid for it when I bought it back in 1990. Between my first and second note, I owe more on condo, than I can sell it for. Not that's anybody is buying around here anymore, unless you're willing to sell at a "fire sale" price. And to add "icing on the cake", for the last few months I noticed constant numbness in my hands, and stiffness in my extremities (arms and legs). Know I need to see a doctor, but I'm afraid of what I might be told. Besides, I can't afford to be sick. My wife is already on a "medical leave of absence" as she has "polycystic kidney disease", and I doubt she'll go back to work at United Airline. Unfortunately, it hard for her to take another job, as United is letting her keep her medical insurance (of course, we have to pay monthly preminiums), and she's afraid that if she takes another job that their medical insurance might not cover her pre-existing medical conditions.

Anyway, sorry for getting on a rant, but anymore I don't how people are making it. I know I've had to cut back on a lot of things, and even doing that sometimes doesn't seem enough.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 12:02 PM
It sure is getting out of control....we are putting our house on the market at the end of this month. market is picking up a bit here in Seattle but we will still be taking quite a loss when it sells. House is worth less then we owe on it now. Ugh! Florida move is cancelled. Instead, we are moving back to southern Calif to be near family and friends for support. Went to sign up for the Obama bailout for homeowners and since wife is still working, we don't qualify. Website is www.hopenow.com if anyone is interested in checking it out. Called utility companies and they are working with us to reduce our bills until we get back on our feet or move, whichever happens first. Comcast is no help whatsoever. Didn't offer me squat for temp assistance with cable bill. Good luck and god bless everyone who is facing this hardship. Keep fighting and we will all prevail in the end! It will be nice to see the ABB at the Gorge in May for a break from this terrible situation. B
 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 12:17 PM
My first impulse is to say "Sorry," but that wouldn't really reflect my true thoughts. I honestly believe, because I see it happen in my life every day, that everything happens exactly the way it should, the way we planned for our lives to go from even before birth. I truly believe we create our realities, either consciously or subconsciously, both individually and as a society. It's easy for me to see that our society needed a huge correction, and we are getting one.

I don't mean to sound callous, but encouraging. I've learned that any time a particular door closes, whether it be a job, relationship, or other aspect of our life, there no used in lamenting the closed door, but rather we should start looking for the open door. And not waste time pounding on doors that are obviously closed. There will be an open door, one you'll almost fall through, when the time is right.

Maybe it is because I've worked in construction for 36 years, and besides working for myself for a long time, I probably worked on several hundred different jobs over the years. The end of a job is not a big deal to me at all. It just means something else is down the road. Now that I know that God is always providing for me, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, I find the uncertainty and mystery about the future kind of exciting.

So I'm happy to hear this door closed on you, because I know there is something ahead for you that will help with your growth, and help you get where you are trying to go. Maybe it will be something you've always wanted to do, or something you've never considered, but which may be your true life's calling. God doesn't do something as big as taking away your livelihood, just to leave you on your own. Good things are ahead, I'm sure. Have fun letting them happen.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 01:38 PM
Wow. I'm overwhelmed at the responses. I should have started my own thread, but this looked like a good place to vent. Sorry Hoohead.

I think I convinced my wife that we'll be fine, money wise. She's just heartbroken because she liked her job. And she thought they liked her.
We found out that they walked 12 more employees off the property.

All I can say to anyone laid off, keep your hopes up, there may be a better job out there just waiting for you.

you should be able to cobra your health insurance to extend it 18 months.
There's a lot of misinformation out there, but, Here is a quote from;

http://chronicillnesssupport.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/cobra-coverage-is-par t-of-stimulus-plan/

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COBRA was put into place years ago. It’s a fancy way of a saying there is an insurance program for those who are covered by their work, and, if laid off, you have 18 months where that company has to cover you with health insurance.

But you pay 100% of what your company was paying.

This is worth noting: Now, with the stimulus program of the USA government, you “only” have to pay 35% of the cost of COBRA for 9 months. (After 9 months you pay 100%.)

But… you have only 60 days to go into your human resources office and get signed up, so if you or your spouse does lose a job, make this the project for day 2 or 3. Don’t wait!

Also worth noting, because of the stimulus plan, if you were laid off after Sept 9, 2008, you can go back and apply now and have your monthly COBRA plans reduced.


The average unemployment check is about $300 per week, plus $25 from the stimulus bill.

Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

SCB- You and I both are used to layoffs. I've been laid off at least 30 times in my career. But it's a shock to some people, especially if they're not as prepared as we are. My heart goes out to them.


Good luck to everyone.


[Edited on 4/7/2009 by punknseed]

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 05:25 PM
I wish everyone the best but these times sure make things difficult. I only hope for the best for ya'll as things always work out.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 06:58 PM
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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



Is that legal?
I thought something like family medical leave act protected you in situations like that?
I really don't know what I'm talking about....but here's a link to Department of Labor

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/benefits-leave/fmla.htm

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 07:19 PM
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My wife just lost her job of ten years. She had surgery and didn't heal fast enough.
They denied her a leave of absence to recuperate. And terminated her.
She's devastated. I keep telling her it'll be OK, I make enough on pension, were cobra(ed) in for 18 months, and something will come up for her.
And she may not get unemployment because she was fired.

So I feel your pain. Hang in there.



She should look into the Family Medical Leave Act which allows people to be away from their job for 1-2 months either for their own illness or the illness of someone in their family. The job won't take her back, but she can argue about being unfairly terminated and maybe get unemployment. The sticking point could be that she had to ask for that extra time before they fired her.

 

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  posted on 4/7/2009 at 07:33 PM
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Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who are recently unemployed. Myself I'm trying to find a job, haven't worked since 2005. I had enough money that I was getting by alright, but unfortunately, my stocks lost a lot of value, and now I find myself in a position of having to go back to work, and it's damn hard to find a job when pushing 57 years old. If I don't get something soon, probably going to have to put the wife's BMW up for sale, and the only vehicle we'll have is the my Cherokee. Also, just got my property assestment, and my condo's value has lost over $120,000. Last year it's value was $220,000, now it's only a $100,000 which is less than what I paid for it when I bought it back in 1990. Between my first and second note, I owe more on condo, than I can sell it for. Not that's anybody is buying around here anymore, unless you're willing to sell at a "fire sale" price. And to add "icing on the cake", for the last few months I noticed constant numbness in my hands, and stiffness in my extremities (arms and legs). Know I need to see a doctor, but I'm afraid of what I might be told. Besides, I can't afford to be sick. My wife is already on a "medical leave of absence" as she has "polycystic kidney disease", and I doubt she'll go back to work at United Airline. Unfortunately, it hard for her to take another job, as United is letting her keep her medical insurance (of course, we have to pay monthly preminiums), and she's afraid that if she takes another job that their medical insurance might not cover her pre-existing medical conditions.

Anyway, sorry for getting on a rant, but anymore I don't how people are making it. I know I've had to cut back on a lot of things, and even doing that sometimes doesn't seem enough.


I know you think you can't afford to see a Dr. or be sick so if you just ignore the symptoms, your body will fix itself. Sometimes that is true, sometimes it is not. You should see a Dr., you do not want to end up having a stroke. Those symptoms could be an early warning sign of a blockage somewhere. Understandably nobody wants to lose a BMW, but there are cheaper cars a person could drive which will get them from point A to point B. WIth the condo, find out if you are eligible for the mortgage modification under the new programs passed by the govt. Also see if you can get a Home Equity Line of Credit, or Home Equit Loan if so, when you apply tell them you want to use it for paying credit cards, taking a vacation, then they will write the check out to you to use for whatever you want. If you tell them you want to renovate the condo, they will NOT give you the check but will write it out to the contractor who is doing work on the condo. It's s technical thing written into the language of those things. There are homes available very cheap ($30,000-60,000 for 3 bedroom homes) all over the country. You may have to relocate to live okay. Unless you get a good job, you cannot maintain the condo, the BMW and the cost of living where you are. Go to money.com and follow the links on best places to live, which will help you also find out costs, jobs in other areas. Do not rule it out. You want to live in an area with job growth and reasonably prices homes. You are in crisis right now, but you still need to take steps before you just sell the BMW, live off that, then are in the same spot 6 months or a year from now. You need to investigate your options then make a plan. Don't worry, just try.

 

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