Sunday, February 19, 2006

 

Well Here We Go!!

"I'm Late, I'm Late, Oh my I'm late" Or at least thats what the white rabbit, in the Alice in Wonderland story, was always saying .(things have been kinda like wonderland around here lately) And thats what the topic of conversation has been lately. The infamous time clocks have been in use at the fire stations since February 1, and although everyone has been diligently punching in and out for the past 15 day pay period, a strange thing happened at the end of that pay period.No one came to pick up the time cards to figure out how many hours we worked and therefore , how much we should be paid.It seems that the "powers that be" decided to do it the same old way again. So, what the heck did we buy those clocks for anyway if no one is going to pick up the card and at least look at them. And if the overtime issue hasn't been enough of a pain lately, now apparently the "head honcho" has decided that if I come out and work overtime this week but I was off on a sick day, that I won't be paid overtime. Now, help me out here, how is it that if you earn a benefit from working for a "company" that that "company" can turn around and use that benefit against you when you try to collect on it ? There's just something that smells really bad about that. All of us here have put in years to earn sick time and vacation time and now we find out that it's just kind of a "credit" instead of a benefit that "they" will deduct from ? And for those of you who still don't get it, the picture should help explain, This is what Firefighters do for a living. Not only do they put their lives on the line, they see things that no human being should see and those images are forever encrypted into their minds.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

 

"Pay Dirt"


Well ,here we are again, you'll notice the title of todays post is "Pay Dirt" with special attention on the "dirt" part. Certainly was an interesting city council meeting the other night, one of the few times that city employees had the council out numbered.We are still kicking around this "time clock" issue with members of the establishment,with us getting kicked the most, and as usual we are coming out on the short end of the stick. The head honcho just refuses to see how his changing the way that our time is kept will result in us losing money, not to mention that it might be illeagle for him to do that. Now , I don't know about you, but I'm not particulary fond of people messing with the way I get paid, no matter how small the paycheck happens to be. This will be our first check under the new system, and everyone is kinda taking a wait and see attitude as to how it comes out. And does anyone think it's a coincidence that we're getting paid on Friday the 13th. !! Whats With That !!!
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

 

Punch This!!


Well we start another new year and it looks like "the man" has figured out still another way to screw over some of the employees of "the company". Apparently in some secret meetings with some clandestine agents, "they" have decided to install "time clocks" in various locations around town for all the employees to punch. Now, I don't know about you, but me and some of the boys were talking and we're trying to figure out just how this is supposed to work in the fire dept! We're a little confused about the methods we should use to "clock in" before a fire or a wreck or some type of rescue. For instance, if your house catches on fire and I'm clocked out for lunch, do I run back to the station to clock in of do I go ahead and respond and take a chance that I won't get paid because I was "off" the clock. Oh well, I promise if your house catches on fire we'll be there, pay or not. That's not what all this was about anyway, "They" are just looking for ways to help already low paid employees to make even less, and they figured out a way to do it.
Whats With That !!

Friday, December 23, 2005

 

Remember Others


Well here it is December the 23rd and I happen to be off duty until Monday the 26th. I had some vacation time saved up and was able to take it this week. The City offices are closed until the 27th, so not much going on down there. But at this time of year I want to remind people who are off work and at home with their families that not everyone can enjoy that luxury. There will be Firefighters and EMS personell on duty at the stations for 24 hour shifts on Christmas eve and again on Christmas day. There will also be Police officers on duty on those same days and Dispachers on duty at the 911 Center. Now we don't want you feeling sorry for us or anything like that, all I'm saying is that I want you to remember that while you are at home with your family and friends or when you lay down to go to sleep on Christmas eve night, someone is standing watch and is ready to risk their life for someone they don't even know, and they are willing to do it for very little pay and even less graditude most of the time. So, at least keep them in your thoughts and prayers until they are able to get home to their families. And as we still say here in eastern Kentucky, "Merry Christmas !!"

Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

No Free Meal.....


Well payday has come and gone today, and so far the "gift certificate" that all the employees always got from the city for the last 20+ years did not show up. Everyone had speculated that there would probably not be one because of the questions raised about it in council meetings. Something about it being illegal to give employees "gift certificates". I have been with the city for 21 years now and every year the city has given it's employees a certificate to take to a local grocery store and be able to buy what amounted to $30.00 worth of food for a Christmas dinner.I consider myself one of the more fortunate ones and really won't miss the $30.00 for the food , but I know that there are some that were counting on it, and now they will have to take money that they were probably planning to use on gifts for their children and family and use it to buy the food for Christmas dinner.It's sad when an employer can't seem to figure out a way to do something special for it's employees who do so much for it at this time of year. Maybe a few less decorations around town would have paid for the "gift certificates".Why do we need so many flashing lights around town for Christmas anyway?? Is that what it's all about?? Whats With That !!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

 

Happy Thanksgiving


November,24 2005 Well here it is Thanksgiving day, I hope everyone is having a good one and is at home with friends and family. Unfortunately in my line of work, thats not possible for me today.I am at work at the Fire Station, I will be here for a 24 hour shift with my two partners on the EMS truck. We had a pretty good lunch already, the folks at a local Church brought us all a box lunch. I don't know what we would do if it wasn't for folks like that, we are in a small town and everything closes up for holidays, so it's pretty hard to find something to eat unless you bring it with you.Also on a sad note, one of the County Departments was on a structure fire last night and one of their guys was killed in the line of duty. I knew the man personally, and have know him for 20 years.It will be tuff on those guys and on us for a while.There are about 14 departments in the County and everyone knows everyone.I work for the City and the only paid dept. in the County, the man that lost his life was only a volunteer firefighter.

Friday, November 18, 2005

 
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