NO, I’M NOT ENDORSING THIS BOOK! The picture just seemed appropriate.
Our area of the country, and this rural part of Virginia in particular, sometimes seems to be a bit behind the rest of the country. You may be aware of events like this, but it is new to us.
Hubby has been employed with the same company for over 30 years now. When he began working there, it was a small operation where everybody knew everybody. We attended church and bible studies with the plant manager. He was a good friend of ours. We even had dinner with them from time to time and it wasn’t because Hubby was an employee…it was because of the friendship. In fact, when my hubby had some medical problems a while back, he was allowed to take leave for a short time and come back as though he had never left.
Since then the company has been taken over by a larger company, the Colorado branch that was incorporated into this plant and soon the New York branch will be swallowed up by the local plant. Sounds good doesn’t it? But is it actually. It may be good for the company, but it also means that other plants are closing and some of those people (the ones that don’t want to move) will be out of a job. Don’t get me wrong, the company is assisting those that move.
All of that is to let you know how large the local plant has become (there are several more plants across the country and in Mexico). Of course, the bigger an operation gets the more problems arise.
Recently, Hubby came home informing me that the company’s insurance company was asking for a copy of our marriage certificate and copies of both girls birth certificates! It seems there was a lot of underhanded stuff going on with some of the employees. Soooo, we all have to pay the price. It was a pain, but we complied.
However, yesterday, four people were fired because they didn’t comply. In some instances that would be understandable but two of them didn’t quite seem fair.
The first case is one where a couple both worked there. For some reason the husband had been let go close to a year ago. Since he couldn’t find a job right away, she put him on her insurance with the company. As it turns out, after he got a job, she didn’t have him taken off her insurance for two months. Maybe his new job didn’t cover him right away or maybe she just forgot. Anyhow, they fired her.
Another situation was one fellow didn’t get one of the certificates turned in on time (it came a day late) and they fired him.
Then there’s the man who has a common law wife (they’ve been together for many years), they just had a child and were both on his insurance (she had been every since they started living together). So what happened? He dropped her and their child from the insurance. All those years of cheating the insurance company and he’s still working there!
Since insurance companies are so hard-nosed, maybe they should be running some federal agencies.
Where’s the grace?