Work related

Kind of have to get serious for a minute

Posted on July 9, 2011. Filed under: Work related |

On Monday evening,(7/11/11) at the offices of the Southbay Labor Council, my co workers and I have to make a very big decision:  either to go on strike or not to go on strike.  I am personally conflicted by whether I personally should go on strike should they vote yes.  I view being a public employee (in my case, the County of Santa Clara, most of you would know it best as Silicon Valley).  I do NOT view the agency I work for as my employer.  I do NOT view the County of Santa Clara itself as my employer.  So WHO is my employer?  The citizens and residents of Santa Clara County, THEY pay my paycheck and it is THEM I serve, not the politicians and other “yahoos” making all the noise right now at the county level.  I hate politics.  I don’t know who is right and who is wrong here, whether the county is right/wrong or my union is right/wrong.  I think the truth, as always, is found somewhere in the middle.

Copied in part from my local union chapter’s website:


SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nearly 3,000 Santa Clara County workers took part in a vote Monday 6.21.11 and delivered a clear and strong message to county leaders: They will not accept anything less than a fair contract.

The daylong vote took place at a half-a-dozen work places from Gilroy to the County Government Center where supervisors meet. An overwhelming majority – 97 percent – voted to reject the county’s proposal and directed the union negotiating team to continue contract talks with the county. Members also directed SEIU Local 521 to seek a strike sanction from the Central Labor Council.

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What would you do?

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: Work related |

My department is having a celebration barbecue later this summer.  WE may not have any layoffs in our specific area, but OTHER departments ARE, and I feel VERY ambiguous about “celebrating” anything when friends in other departments, some of whom I’ve known the entire ten years I’ve worked here are getting laid off.  I think I will stay behind and answer phones / counter calls for my area.  I just don’t feel like celebrating anything at work and think my department has little justification “dragging” dozens of staff people downstairs and spending money on this, when other departments are being “gutted” of personnel.

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He “faced the music”, brave man

Posted on August 13, 2010. Filed under: Work related |

My co-worker who is getting married due to his girlfriend’s “write up” on how they met winning a radio contest actually came in to work yesterday to “face the music”.  Yes, we all gave him a bad time about it, but wish him the best.  Turns out hes getting married today (Friday the 13th), so evidently he has courage to spare LOL

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TOO much drama

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: Work related |

Our boss dropped a BOMB on us yesterday in a staff meeting that was scheduled to “refine” a presentation my department has to give the rest of the division on Friday (yes, tomorrow, Friday the 13th LOL).

Seems our youngest co worker is getting married this weekend.  His girlfriend wrote up something for a radio station contest about how they met, etc. and they WON, so the radio station is paying for the wedding (they called it wedding in a week or something like that).  As our co worker breathed NOT A WORD OF THIS to us himself before he left on Tuesday, he is in TROUBLE with the rest of us when he gets back to the office.  He may well find his cubicle “creatively decorated” upon his return LOL

I really like this guy, he is nice, polite, smart and shy, and very helpful.  My main concern that is he is getting married for the “right” reasons, that everything goes well for him and his marriage.  I don’t want to see him get hurt.

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the daily “grind”

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: Work related |

August will be a busy month at work.  My departments presentation to the rest of our division will be next Friday (August 13th, I guess no one noticed the “ominous” sounding schedule date LOL).  August 20th will be our annual “off site training” (read: running all over a remote county park in the summer heat participating in “team building” activities).  I have opted to stay behind at the office to answer phone calls and deal with counter visitors.  I guess I’m getting old, as running around a county park out in the middle of nowhere in the summer heat no longer appeals to me.

Monday, an employee (who has a “reputation” for having a very short temper) in the department adjacent to ours “stormed in” to our cubicle area, and just as quickly, “stormed” out.  He needed my department’s assistance with a counter visitor, and asked my newest co worker (she transferred in from another department on our floor last fall, me and our other co worker were both on the phone) who was “duty” in my department.

Unfortunately, instead of answering “How can I help you?” my newer co worker answered “No one is on duty”, which is what caused him to angrily storm out of our cubicle area, go complain to the Big Boss, who then called OUR supervisor “on the carpet”, who then talked to me, the newer co worker, and my other co worker.  The newer co worker seemed to think this was “no big deal”; I had to explain to her that she had gotten our (new) supervisor in trouble by answering “no one was on duty.”  Plus, our counter visitor was angry because they had either been misinformed, or had misunderstood, something one of us had told them over the phone earlier this year.

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To: She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named

Posted on April 21, 2010. Filed under: Work related |

I don’t know if this post title would ring a bell with you, Honey; not sure you are a Harry Potter fan or not.  If you are, let me put it on the record:  Lord Voldemort has NOTHING on you.  You are so awful, I wouldn’t even wish YOU on HIM.

Well, well.  It would seem your nastiness to people has CONSEQUENCES after all.  Seems you (to take from the Eagles’ song) “have to take your lunch all by yourself”.  It would seem that your “puddle of poison” is oozing all over our office and leaving quite the stain for you to clean up.

You aren’t talking to any of us in our direct work group, only to the “newbie” who has yet to see your fangs dripping with venom or feel your talons’ grip on her throat.  She recently told us you had told her that your mother-in-law was a witch; we told her simply (leaving out the gory details) “don’t believe everything you’re told”.  We were NICE, OK?  We didn’t tell her to watch her OWN back.  We will let her find out for herself, poor girl.  No one protected US from you, why should we protect HER?

You may have had management “wrapped around your little finger” before, taking them to lunch, running to them to “rat” the rest of us out when we make a mistake, etc., but times, they may be a changin’; after all, we DO have a new supervisor now.    And he’s NOT an idiot.  Not that the prior one WAS an idiot, but he seemed to have a “soft spot” for you.  Then again, I don’t think he thinks badly of ANYONE.  You took advantage of him.  Try that with the new guy; it may not work as well as you think!

If you EVER come to me again and try to tell me ANYTHING like what you told me recently (that no one our department wanted me to transfer there, that “you” were my only friend, the “only one” who said hello to me, that “you” convinced them to let me transfer there) or, regarding another fellow in our department (“if he becomes our supervisor, I’ll retire”) I MAY just pound on you and sit and rot in jail and enjoy the memory of you broken and bloody at my feet.

It would also seem even the one person in our office who holds no grudges, who has no axes to grind with anyone, who never says ANYTHING negative to ANYONE, who is sweet as sugar to EVERYONE she talks to, who used to spend your common break times with you going on short walks every day, never even walks into our department cubicle area anymore (did anyone say PLOT COMPLICATION?).

So we, your “direct” colleagues, are intrigued now, Sweetie; WHAT did you say/do that PISSED her off?  It MUST be juicy; inquiring minds WANT TO KNOW:)  WE demand to see a video tape of this fascinating incident:)  And when we do, you will find it on YouTube within 15 minutes…..

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