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work Unemployed and utterly fucked
by lbrtylvr
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on Feb 5, 2005 04:01:32 PM

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I knew it was gonna be bad when i noticed the day shift supervisor lurking around 90 minutes after his normal quitting time.
 

Yeah. Now I (and 10 of my co-workers) belong to the ever increasing ranks of the unemployed. No problem though because I have surely made enough money at this job working 58 fucking hrs. a week for several months to get the maximum unemployment benefit amount and since I'm single $450.00 a week is enough get by until the job calls me back to work or else I find something that I like better. It'll be like a fucking vacation. Cool. I'll be able to get some rest for a change, maybe take a road trip or two. A nice thought but, life just does not work like that for me. It seems that unemployment "benefits" are calculated NOT from your most recent employer but, rather a 12 month base period BEGINNING 14 to 17 months prior to the date the claim is filed!! So that means that the income from this fucking job that I worked myself into the ground for over the last 6 months will not solely determine my funds. No. it instead will be calculated based on a couple of months at this job and a low paying job that I worked at last year while trying to find a REAL job in my chosen trade. Bottom line: about $250.00 a week. What a pitiful fucking joke.
Yeah I know that you are thinking that I should just go get another job and you are right. I absolutely need to find another job. There is a minor snag in that plan though, I live in very northern California about 20 miles south of the Oregon border and the nearest machine shop (aside from the one that has just laid me off) is roughly 100 miles away or, worse yet up in (shudder, gag) Oregon which I hope does not even become an option. Even if I did find a shop hiring down in Redding, $250.00 is not gonna go very far towards relocating which I am desperately trying to avoid doing anyway. I like it where I am now or else I would not have moved here to begin with. I am fucked. Hard. With cactus. There is no point in crying about the fact that when I was offered this job and agreed to move 500 miles without reimbursement for anything except for my fucking gas and one night at a motel when I got here that the very strong implication was that there was at least a 1 year backlog of shit that we needed to get built and shipped. Unless an actual miracle happens in the next 10 days the puny little $250.00 check will not matter anyway because I will not have a fucking address to send the fucking thing to. As a matter of fact as of the 1st of March I will not have insurance to drive my fucking car to even look for a job. I am numb with anger/panic. Words cannot describe the desire I feel to get my hands around the throat of the dimwitted cocksucker(s) that dreamed this lame assed system up.
Another thought that is nagging at me is, that if the fucking company had not required 10 hrs a day M-F and 8 hrs on Saturdays since last August there would still be work for awhile longer and then when they had their lay off it would qualify me for the full $450.00 oh yeah this part is almost funny as well: if I could somehow manage to not file a claim until April 1st (April fools day. No comment) I would indeed be able to get full benefits. This is starting to give me a fucking headache. I have been in the labor market since 1974 and have had to collect unemployment 3 different times (this being the 3rd if I don't cancel the fucking claim and just start selling dope for a living) rest assured that I have paid a shitload more money into the alleged system than I have taken out and now I am most likely going to wind up on the fucking street without a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of because I happened to get laid off on Feb 4th instead of April fucking fools day. Being the old rapidly approaching 50 y.o. fucker that I am, I like to think I have mellowed a bit with age and maybe, just possibly gotten a little wiser. Nope. No such luck. It is a very good thing for me that I was able to find all of this bullshit out online because if I had been required to go down to the local E.D.D. office and stand in line for a couple hours only to be told that I was going to have to take a large one up my ass I would be sitting in jail right now charged with any number of violent felonies. I want to inflict mindless cruel violence on the entire fucking E.D.D. every fucking employee of that sorry fucking bureaucracy should be culled from society and used for fuel. So, if you are reading this and you happen to work for the California Employment Development Department, fuck you. Thanks for nothing. The only thing I see developing here are the ever darkening clouds of doom, despair, and poverty. May you die a slow lingering death (much like my credit rating and ability live like a normal functioning member of society)


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