austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

And throw in several aspirin

Before the conclusion of the 2015 Competitive Pinball Season let me pause for mysterious work-related news. The boss sent out an e-mail to the entire company. I got it late because they replaced my computer, and for some reason won't install Outlook or any real e-mail program on it. Instead we're to use a web-based e-mail service which is awful, not least because I have to think to check mail instead of getting notified when it arrives.

Anyway, the mail explained that he had been re-evaluating the company's needs and physical plant and all that, and so, he was closing the office just outside Atlantic City. It's a small office, one that a couple of people worked out of. I'd seen it a couple of times, mostly when driving with him on the way to and from client-type people in Cape May County. He wasn't planning to lay off anyone, they'd just come to work from the office in Trenton instead. Also, this would take effect the next week.

I would have written off the suddenness of this as reflecting how out of the office gossip loop I am. Except one of the people in the Atlantic City office replied-all asking if there were going to be buyout packages for staff who were not looking to add two hours each way to their daily commute, and who were certainly not looking to do that on a weekend's notice, thank you, not for a job with this salary.

The boss's answer? ... Nothing shared to the whole company, anyway, and nothing I've heard since. I may not get any information until the next time I visit. And if I do --- well surely, one of the people from the Atlantic City office has taken over my office, right? I'm not sure how many people worked in the Atlantic City office, and the second and third floors were fairly empty to start with. But there is, after all, my office sitting there with computer and table and everything ready, and I only need it a couple weeks in the year. Would they even have somewhere to put me?

Trivia: People hired for Civil Works Administration projects (November 1933 - March 1934) earned an average salary of $13 per week. Source: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, Nick Taylor.

Currently Reading: Emanuel Swedenborg, Scientist and Mystic, Signe Toksvig.


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