It's been two long, rough days at the negotiating table, and this one is going to drag out a while. The company is saying "no" across the board (okay, they agreed to a couple of tiny symbolic proposals) on every major issue, monetary and non-monetary alike. We're not asking for a whole hell of a lot-- is it THAT crazy to think that one week of paid vacation, ever
, is on the low side? Or that maybe the health care plan ought to be funded against anticipated annual rate hikes in the 12-14% range (this year's was 19%-- ouch) just to maintain our current level of benefits? Hell, I can't even get them to back a standardized process for when employees leave the company so that the people who do leave don't walk off with any more company property. You'd think they'd be behind that one! (I was serious, too. It ticks me off when people walk out the door with company stuff, especially the test equipment that is often worth more than a new midsize sedan).
They're playing games, apparently. I guess it's fun. Oh well... I don't plan to give in anytime soon.
As I am in a political mood, here
is the fourth installment of "Another Piece of Blue."( Enter the Catria.... )