With a strike over our local agreement looming tomorrow, I received my retirement papers in the mail on Thursday and spent that afternoon and evening, along with Friday filling them out, taking care of the documentation, copying them and getting them mailed on Friday afternoon before work.
Another "curveball" arose in this 2nd set of papers that involved me having to get a notarized statement signed by my wife that she knew I was taking the "lump-sum" buyout; she had to meet me on her lunch at Kinko's and then go back to work. I guess in the earlier rounds of this there was some ruckus kicked up by spouses who didn't know what they're partners were up to!
So, no matter what happens tomorrow, come July 1st I am a retiree!
If we walk, there is good reason for it; they want to take away seniority rights to transfer to a better job, instead having management place who they want to where they want to. Meaning if you are stupid like I was and take the worst job in a team and do it, you'll be there forever because why would they move you?
I think I'm glad I won't be around to see what other iterations this will take in years to come!
Many think me a fool for the cut in income I'm taking to go out the door; others say what if they do to the retireess what's been done to the airline employees (some of them are now collecting $1 on 4 of what they were guaranteed).
I tell them that if I wait for a "good" time to go, I will never leave, as have some that are still there, including some with 1949 time, and one with 1946! Somehow, some way this is going to work out!
The weekend flew by in a blur of family party on Saturday and errands and company on Sunday. Now it's a few minutes after 3 and I'm heading for the shower early today so I can go out the door early so I don't take quite so many chances on getting to work on time!
May the week be kind to each of you!