Oof..... the sound of me plopping down in my chair sounds so good, but I can't stay for long. More work ahead at "Roadkill Cafe".
Just a little info about our plant.... We make too many parts!! I got loaned out to 3 lines today only to be brought right back to my line, after they decided our parts were actually important, only to have the line break down and then get sent home. Hmmm... can somebody say "ironic"? So, I went home... 1 1/2 hours early.... whoop-dee doo.
I just can't wait to go back to Ford. I say "return to Ford" because in 2000, our plant, along with all of the other UAW-represented Ford parts plants, were spun off by Ford into a new company called Visteon. BUT, Visteon was contractually obligated to keep all employees at their current wages, as those employees were guaranteed Ford employees for life.
So, as you may have heard, Visteon is going down the tubes, and FAST. Ford, a couple months ago, stepped back in and put 12 of the 15 plants with UAW-Ford workers into a holding company in the hopes of selling off the plants. Our plant, and one in Sterling Heights, MI, are reverting back to Ford as of October 1st of this year. One additional plant, the other plant in Ypsilanti (I am at the Rawsonville plant) is being combined into our plant.
Here's the kicker: Since I was hired by Visteon after the spin-off (I was hired last year), when the plant returns to Ford, I get a hefty $7.10/hr RAISE, as opposed to the $14.42/hr I am making now, and I become a UAW-Ford employee. Everyone in the plant is ecstatic about this just as much as we are (all of us UAW-Visteon employees).
So, needless to say, None of us can wait for this to happen. It just seems like every day waiting for this to happen is an eternity.
BTW, I talked to my boss today about yesterday's little incident, and he replied with "So? Happens all the time." Got in another argument, of course.