1.5 years ago I accepted a position with a rapidly growing company that had a main branch in a large metro area, a secondary branch in a somewhat smaller metro area and agreed to start a satellite office in my area. This company had two co-owners, boss #1 (my boss) and boss #2 (the big boss).
I busted my $ss for this company, gave up any assemblance of a personal life, took call for them on a week on, week off basis, and literally carried my cell phone EVERYWHERE. I have averaged over 64 hours a week this summer and broke 100 hrs on one occassion (of which the office decided to deduct 1 hour).
The idea behind hiring me was to pick up accounts in my area and help build the business. As it turned out, I was averaging almost 1,500 miles a week taking overload service calls in boss #1's area due to shortage of manpower.
About a month ago, the boss (#1) decides to open another satellite office 90 miles from us, which is about midway from his existing shop and my satellite location (I'm sure you can see where this is heading).
Last Friday morning I get called into the "new" satellite office and am told my services will no longer be needed as they are going to put all their effort into this new satellite office for a while. I was told to unload my van on the spot and was given a ride home by one of their newly hired employees.
I'm a grown man, and I understand a business decision is just that, business, but here's what really chaps my $ss..................................
1. We are a union shop, I am a dues paying member, and I lost my job to 2 non union refr techs that were just hired. I put in a call to the area business manager, and he told me that the company could do this due to a national agreement they had signed and could work these guys for up to 6 months without having them be signatory. The guy also told me that Boss #1 had called him earlier in the week to tell him that he was letting me go - WTF - A heads up would have been nice.
2. I had called Boss #1 exactly 1 week prior to my termination and told him that I had a very uneasy feeling about our satellite location. I straight up ask him if I should be looking for another job. He reassured me that everything was fine and there was nothing to worry about.
3. Boss #1 was my contact through my full 1 1/2 years of employment, and I was actually discouraged from talking to Boss #2, but when it came down to letting me go, Boss #1 didn't have the balls to tell me face to face, he made Boss #2 do it. As a matter of fact, I have yet to be able to speak with boss #1 to find out what's going on.
4. I was told by Boss #2 that the decision to let me go was based soley on financial data. I can understand this; 1,500 miles per week ain't cheap, plus the bill for travel time. Boss #2 reiterated that I was a great tech. and busted my butt for the company. He also stated that the company would gladly give me a letter of recommendation. Now, I'm hearing that Boss #1 is running around telling everybody I was let go for "issues" of which he apparently will not elaborate, but that it had nothing to do with financial data.
5. Boss #2 told me that he understands I will most likely be taking the customers in my area with me wherever I go, and he is alright with that, so I start putting in calls to these customers letting them know the circumstances and that there is no longer anyone local to take care of them. I got a phone call from the business manager of the local yesterday, telling me that my old company is aware of what I am doing and if I don't stop contacting customers and telling them there is no longer a local presence, I will be sued for DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER!
6. Boss #1 is telling other employees that my area wasn't going anywhere, and I wasn't picking up the accounts that I said I would be able to. I found it rather difficult to pick up accounts in my area when I spent the majority of the week on the road in other areas, and, when one of the customers in my area did call for service, I could never get to them in a timely manner - go figure.
I know this is a long rambling post and I need to close the book on this chapter, but let me tell ya, it sure feels good to get this off my chest.
And yes, I realize that there are at least 2 sides to every story.