Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
Markie's year sucked HARD but in a very positive way.
The more I dedicated myself to God and family the tighter we became and are a
very loving and functional bunch. My problems were with the job of 17 years.
I stopped acting like a foul mouthed ironworker and found myself no longer in the
"click" at work and it became to feel like being on the outside looking in. Minor bullying
began with the suck-ups hiding my samples and basically screwing up my
metallurgical test results. Stuff was pulled out hot to fast-cool and throw off tensile
tests, and my non-lockable car became a dumpster for taco bell leftovers and other
crap being tossed in there at random. The companies' open door policy was ignored.
I was told "Grow a thicker skin", "If you aren't happy here find another job", etc.
This came directly from my supervisor and the plant manager. Gross failure of doing
the right thing all the while protecting the illegals screwing around with me since I
had become "weak". There was one lab technician/ machinist in the bldg who knew
my job, me, covering both shifts. My now ex supervisor hates my guts as he had
to step up and do both of our jobs doing 75 hours at the same salary pay. I guess he
missed the hero worship in which he thrived on and I stopped doing. With the support
of a very loving family we took the 401 money and profit sharing and I gave my one
minute's notice and drove off never looking back. Luckily mama makes a decent coin
and we're doing fine but there's no extra cash for the hobbies we like to do. Enter some
library movies, food from Aldi's, Goodwill clothing, etc. and I had the option of slow-
shopping for a new company.
Enter 2014. I apply at 5 companies that would let me play with milling machines and lathes.
Four called me for interviews. I got 3 jobs and chose the best combo of cash,
benefits, and work schedule. Tried each and left politely. The 4th of 5 places just
contacted me a couple of weeks ago. This one takes the longest to get in as they are
very choosy. Two interviews later, a background check, and they are now scheduling
my physical and drug test for this week. They are under the IBEW (electrical workers
union) and things are looking sweeter than sweet. I stayed the narrow path Biblicly
and God has opened a door to the security of my children going to college, and my wife
receiving my pension as well as SS upon retirement in 20 years. (I'm 47.) If I blow the
physical and don't get the job it's ok too. (no drugs so the test is not an issue) I'll just
pick up a 12 dollar job at a temp-to-hire place and the 500 per week puts us back to
comfortable but not rich. So what? I have my dignity intact, the love of God and family,
a kick-ass motorcycle and what appears to be a great year and riding season ahead.
That was a bit long-winded but it shows to stand by what and who you believe in,
trust that God has your back, and you (I) can sleep with a clear conscience knowing
we've done the right thing daily.
This is a great site with wonderful members and I'm honored to be a part of you.
This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God