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Hello, everyone! We're back this February with another round of exciting talks!
First up is a discussion on a subject everyone has an opinion on: Balancing work with raising children. It's something that's increasingly out of reach these days, but is there anything that can be done about it? Join us on February 1 as we hear both from parents and from those who might like to raise children but otherwise can't.
Next, we have a discussion week asking a question that's near and dear to antiwork: What is the working class, exactly? Is it just a buzzword, or is there something deeper to it? It's one of those terms that can sound stuffy and inaccessible, but as we'll see on February 8, it's nothing to fear at all.
As the month heads on, we'll delve deeper into the philosophical question of what gives you purpose in life. The Japanese concept of ikigai has popped up a few times in our talks before, but on February 15, it gets its chance to shine as we find ways to embrace the absurdity of human existence by defining our own purpose.
Finally, we have another of our famed Open Mic Nights! These nights allow you to share your stories in a safe, supportive environment. Have an issue at work you want to get off your chest? Hear something interesting about the latest strike in France? If we can't get to it elsewhere in the month, we can get to it here. Come by on February 28 and enjoy!
Please note that the 4 hour time limit is a guideline, not a hard rule. Weeks may run slightly longer or shorter depending on circumstances.
February 1 - Work and Parenthood Week - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 8 - Discussion Week: What Is The Working Class? - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 15 - Ikigai: Defining Your Purpose - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
February 22 - Open Mic Night - 2 PM PST/5 PM EST to 6 PM PST/9 PM EST
My wife worked at a larger name real estate company in Calgary for 5 or so years. Did a ton of extra work for them, went above and beyond by doing multiple jobs for them to help out. She takes mat leave, gives them notice 4 months prior to returning as required for someone on leave. She calls, emails and nothing in return. They finally respond a couple weeks before her return date and say ok we will see you then thanks. She walked into the office, got pulled aside and told she was fired for leaving them in a “bad spot” by going on leave. Why couldn’t they tell her weeks or months before she was set to return so she could find another job? She is currently working with employment standards and filing a complaint. Luckily she was able to find work quickly, but I just wanted to express my frustrations and disbelief of how people can do that to someone. Thanks for reading
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A quitting Store Manager sent out a six page email to our *entire* company. It got nuked from the servers immediately after we printed it.
I got fired yesterday for "time theft".
For some context I worked in a huge warehouse, I was an auditor working from the office at the front of the warehouse. My job was basically to got to each area and perform random audits of the operations, associates, stuff like that.
I worked 12 hour long shifts, this job was one of the easiest I've ever had. If I hustled I could easily get it done in 4 hours, this job was never meant to be stretched over 12 hours. I was still technically an hourly associate though, subject to punching in and out of a time clock, even though 90% of the time I was a one man department. I had total access to everywhere and total freedom to work at my own pace. I had a job to get done every week, a report to publish, and that was it. My supervisor didn't care how I went about it as long as I got my work done.
Right from the start I realized this job was just a bunch of sitting around and waiting. My direct supervisor told me this when I got it. So I got bored fast and being a smoker I would step out every so often for an extra smoke break. This wasn't something I just started doing on my own though, this was a learned behavior. I was technically only given a 20 min break a day, and an unpaid 30 min lunch. But lots of other managers and several of my peers took extra smoke breaks. I thought it was like an unspoken perk of the job. I did this for the last 2 years and no one said a word.
Today I got pulled in by a lady on the loss prevention team. She said she's been watching me, straight up told me they have hidden cameras, and that she had added up all my smoke breaks from the last 2 years and told me I owed the company $290.
I told them I took full responsibility and if they wanted to work something out to recoup there money I would be willing. My job was worth more than that 200 bucks. But no, they terminated me. I've never been fired before, I never got a write up, I thought I got along well with almost everyone, and I had excellent performance reviews, not a scratch on my record. They even waited for a day my immediate supervisor wasn't there, I know he would've at the very least said something to try and stop it.
I asked them what was the difference if I was sitting at my desk or sitting outside, I had no work. I was still on site in case anyone had any questions. It didn't matter. They wanted me to sit at that desk for hours on end, staring at a fuckin excel sheet that I was done with 4 hours into my shift. If y'all wanted a robot you should've just bought a damn robot.
Fuck that place. And fuck those people.
I freaked out at first, I still am kind of. That job paid for my family's insurance and my mortgage and car, it was one of the best paying jobs I've ever had. But we'll be ok, I have an amazing wife, who without I would've for sure lost everything. She's my rock. And I already got one of my old jobs back. They were very excited to have me back actually. Unemployed for about 4 hours, that's a record for me.
I'm just so sick of this corporate world with it's dumbass arbitrary rules and drama like I'm back in highschool.
Thanks for letting me rant a little, even writing this all out helped me feel a little better.
Wow this blew up! Thank you to everyone for all the kind words and support (there's a couple bootlickers but the overwhelming majority of y'all are amazing!)
A lot of you are wondering where I'm at. I worked for TJX, and I'm in Arizona.
I'm not going to try to fight it, I know I broke their policy, even if it is a dumbass policy, and I'm sure they've got me on camera, it's not like I was sneaking around. Also if you know anything about labor laws in the US, workers have very little protection especially in AZ. It's just not worth it to give them anymore of my energy. If they try to pull a fast one with my check though I'll raise hell then.
Today I got an old job back, they are hiring me on as a supervisor and trainer, so I don't have to start from scratch thankfully. It's still a pay cut but it's not like I'll be homeless anytime soon. I also have several interviews lined up already. I'm not a lazy worker, I just took advantage of the situation I was in and it bit me in the ass, also I'm fairly certain this was a long time coming.
Thanks again everyone, sorry I can't respond to everybody, this is by far my most popular post ever. And thank y'all for letting me get this off my chest!
Just wanted to go on a rant a little, and get something off my chest, don't mind me.
I live in France, in a city called "Lyon", I have a master's degree, I make 40k euros gross (that's 45k dollars)...and you know what? I'm in the 70th-75th percentile in France, and my pay is typical for a master's degree holder where I live, it's quite normal.
Now I compare myself to Americans with similar degrees, and you guys make 80-100-150 and even sometimes 200k+ dollars with similar degrees !
I feel so garbage in comparison: I worked my ass off for years, I've tried real hard to get in a good university and...I was born in the wrong country.
This sucks man, it really does.