# The laid off club

1. Jan 24, 2009

### david90

Anyone in the club? I'm not too desperate for a job though because I have savings. I'll be getting unemployment insurance money too. I'm going take some classes at a city college and use my off time to improve my skills.

2. Jan 24, 2009

### hypatia

My husband joined your ranks last week. We hope he gets called back by march. But as far as we can tell, the unemployment commission and the welfare offices are the only booming business left in Michigan.
I am so grateful to have my new job, which is very secure.

3. Jan 24, 2009

### jowjowman

Count me in. Lost my job last spring and I'm not getting unemployment insurance money.
But I'm not getting desperate eider, my wife have a pretty good job.

Anyone in need for some mainframe programming, let me know. 30+:surprised years of expirence.

4. Jan 24, 2009

### david90

yeah. I always thought that it would be easy to get a job if you have a gazillion year of experience. Guess not.

5. Jan 24, 2009

### TVP45

It gets easier. I was last fired (laid off implies they might recall you) in 2004. I found enough skills to get by but I have no expectation to ever have a full-time job again. It's scary at first; then you realize you can cope, and maybe even have some fun.

6. Jan 24, 2009

### The Dagda

Yeah and I always seem to get laid off, or find myself out of work, just as a recession hits. That bites, now I have too much competition. Ah well such is life.

Very wise. In my neck of the woods you can get the government to fund them too, not sure if it's the same where you live. I'd rather pay for it, but needs must.

7. Jan 26, 2009

### jobyts

Me and my wife lost our jobs on the same day (we were working in different companies), in 2002.

Luckily I managed to get a job in a startup within a week, that company got acquired by a bigger company, and made my fortune. So it turned good eventually.

8. Jan 26, 2009

### Topher925

Michigan blows. I can't wait to get out of this state when I'm done with school. If I wasn't in grad school, I would probably be part of the unemployed club.

9. Jan 26, 2009

### Cyrus

What worries me is not the mass amounts of people loosing their jobs. What worries me is hearing entire countries going broke on the news every night.

10. Jan 26, 2009

### turbo

David, I am in the medically-disabled club, and have been been shoehorned into the laid-off club because it is convenient for the state. It took me over 3 years of legal wrangling (lawyers aren't cheap) to get Social Security to acknowledge that I am medically disabled and even now, they are jerking me around - they are paying my last 2 years lump-sum back-payments and requiring me to pay taxes on all of that and pay my lawyers after taxes. Why is this country's civil service so geared to screwing the populace?

11. Jan 27, 2009

### Danger

Because that's what governments do. Here in Canada, income tax is illegal... but it sure doesn't stop the bastards from gouging it out of people.
I've been unemployed since Oct. 31, and am not eligible for EI (what used to be UIC; ie: unemployment insurance). My $1,000 overdraught for my chequing account is now depleted, so the wife has to pay for everything. That just utterly blows. Gotta go tomorrow and try to get hired on at a local electronics retailer (and I know nothing about electronics) or take a 2 shift per week night job at a gas station. I'm handicapped, as in having serious OCPD (emphyzema & chronic bronchitis) and osteoarthritis, and I never graduated high-school, so my opportunities are limited. Still, though, I'm not going to have a 58 year-old woman who has been working her *** off since she was 16 supporting me. She deserves a rest. I'll start delivering bloody newspapers if I have to. 12. Jan 27, 2009 ### physics girl phd We're waiting to see what happens to my brother-in-law (connected to the auto-industry). Fortunately my sister (who just finished her internship in medicine at UM) just got a new job within an uncomfortable but possible commuting distance (Jackson), so they won't HAVE to worry about selling the house and finding a new one (although they'd like to be able to do so). 13. Jan 27, 2009 ### hypatia My Husband went to the unemployment office today. He picked up his number, 956 and stood in a room with several hundred people, They had chairs for about 30 people. By 4:00 PM they saw him{he got their at 8 AM}. Yea! he gets unemployment. Now all he has to do is post a resume on the Michigan works site, then go to another office, meet with some one who will issue a pin number, take this pin to the credit union and arrange direct deposit, then next Monday between 8 am and 12 Noon, he has to call the automated phone something, answer some questions by pressing 1 or 9, and then the check will be deposited by Friday. So tonight at dinner he looks all worried and says, "Why would they give any man so many ways to screw this up"? I answer, "Because they can". 14. Jan 27, 2009 ### physics girl phd Holy moley! (hope I can get by with that on the forums). I'm impending layoff before fall (as a non-tenure-track lecturer... along with other, I've been told to expect the worst based on budgets... tenured faculty will teach lower levels and upper-levels will likely be offered every other year) Our solution: Time to have a baby. :surprised It'll keep me busy and give me a good excuse to be out of the job market for a while. Just gotta push to get my research results done before the terms out (I've been doing education research with my classes, but the plan does wrap up nicely this term, although my N is lower than I'd like). Fortunately my husband's job is secure (although we're also looking at prospects elsewhere). 15. Jan 27, 2009 ### turbo Good luck with that plan. If you no longer have a job, and the referee(s) ask for changes, will you still have access to grad-student slaves to massage your paper and get it accepted? I'm glad to hear that your husband's job is secure. My wife works for New Balance Athletic Shoe, and they are actually expanding the work-force at her plant, so that is a hopeful sign. The failure of some Chinese shoe-manufacturers is also helpful in a sense, because NB's biggest competitors (Adidas, Nike, Reebock, etc) contract most of their work from Asia, and they will have to regroup. NB is privately owned, and the Davis's are paying very good wages for this region, and offer low-cost medical and dental coverage (including eye-care and heavily-subsidized eyeglass purchases), plus a 401K program with a nice percentage match. They try to keep as much production in the US as possible, to earn and protect the "Made in the USA" label. NB makes shoes in a huge range of sizes, and widths up to 4E (yay, for me!) so they can fit about everybody. When the Davis's are asked about why their company does not pay celebrity sports figures to appear in commercials and print ads, they point to their "Endorsed by No-One" philosophy, and explain that they don't want to pay huge sums to rich stars when they could instead use the money to compensate their employees. Good folks! 16. Jan 27, 2009 ### DaveC426913 Hmph. I just joined today. 17. Jan 27, 2009 ### turbo Sorry to hear that, Dave. Good luck! 18. Jan 27, 2009 ### waht We now have to take at least one or two mandatory days off at the company. The work load is cut by more than half. Its sister company in another part of town is closing for good in two weeks laying off about 60-100 people. I'm kind of lucky to be still around, I may be joining the club soon. Hopefully there won't be any members left. 19. Jan 27, 2009 ### Evo ### Staff: Mentor Oh no Dave!! Yesterday in the news, 50,000 layoffs were announced. My company has not given us office supplies in a year, we have to buy our own. They announced yesterday they will no longer contribute to 401k's, for the 3rd year in a row, no raises, we were told a couple of weeks ago that our pay has been cut by minimum$20,000 annually and tuition reimbursment has been cut off. But like everyone is saying, as least we have a job. And our dear CEO makes \$70 million dollars a year.

20. Jan 27, 2009

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
I'm so sorry, Dave.