The agency I work for has two classes of employees. There are full time employees with rights and there are term employees. Some of the term employees have been on the job longer than permanents and many out produce the permanent employees. On September 30 and the week that follows around thiry five excellent employees will be terminated because their four year terms have expired. They will collect unemployment until the next term.
I just became eligible to take the test for a permanent position. However, even if I am one of the lucky 15% that pass I would still remain a mere candidate. Should I fail I would not be able to take the test for another year. The test itself is no predictor of job performance as people who have been graded incompetant have passed
and people who have been judged superior have failed.
A viable union would at least give these employees two points for every year served on the job. A friend of mine who is a disabled vet would get an additional eight points in addition to his ten point preference. Another friend would start with sixteen points, she has worked eight years and qualified three times for the same job. I would get a mere two points but that is often the difference of being hired or
Our Union has done absolutely nothing for the terms. Our local political hack Bernie
Sanders has not lifted a finger to save his constituents jobs. He has been seen at concerts with Willie Nelson, so it is a matter of priorities.
Next week around this time I will recieve the results of my test. Even if I failed it was an honor to be considered. Moreover, if by some miracle I passed my odds are still fairly long. I would also have to remain silent or lie, because several of my coworkers are really nasty. It seems they like to tilt the playing field by snitching
on their fellow candidates. This is an evil tactic and management should disqualify people who behave in this manner. When several of my friends were promoted I immediately went over and congratulated them. However, my behavior is apparently not the norm.
What has the Union done to help the terms? 0 However, I gladly pay my dues, because I was always brought up to respect the institution. Sadly, the institution has forgotten its original purpose.