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A fistful of dollars

In the last week 4 or 5 of my friends in various parts of the country have lost their computer-related jobs.

So, to be a complete selfish bastard, I'm happy I'm still working.

I'm not happy that I'm working in an hour or so. *sigh* Here's the scoop on why I'm irritated about work.

I've been working for more than a year at my current location, with the same pharmacist as a partner. No big deal. I was warned when I moved into this store that flexibility on my partner's part was not to be expected in any grand way.

When I started there, there were 4 full-time pharmacists there, as the store was a 24-hour CVS. I didn't care that I worked more nights than my partner because I wasn't seeing anyone. Then I started dating Karen again last October.
In November of last year, they decided to close the store from midnight to 7am each day. This lost them the two night pharmacists (one stayed with CVS at a different store, one left entirely.) and both me and my partner rearranged our schedules. It still didn't matter, because although I was dating Karen, she was in school in Richmond, and I was only seeing her on the weekends.

Then, in March, the store hours shortened again, with the store closing from 10pm to 8am weekdays, and being closed even longer on the weekends. Shortly after this, Karen decided to leave school and move in with me. Happy days, yes?

Yes, when I saw her. Working every Sunday and 3 nights a week mean that I saw less of her than when she was in school. I told my bosses that I needed out, to a different location.

Well, they didn't do that. They moved my partner, and they told me she wasn't coming back. I got someone else to work with, and she and I worked out a much more equitable schedule.

Needless to say, "wasn't coming back" was wishful thinking. My old partner is back now. She won't work nights. She won't work Sundays. She won't bend. *sigh*

My partner has a 2 year old. She also is pregnant again. So much for any hope for any stability where I am. This stuff irritates me. With the pharmacist shortage, shouldn't there be plenty of places for her to go where she'd be happy? Or the same for me? The only thing I know for certain is that I'd be happier if I were unemployed. Panicked, but happier. *sigh*

I don't know that I expect anyone to comment. I just wanted to get this out of me while I had some time this morning. Hopefully this week will see some positive change on behalf of my schedule. I'll post again when things improve.

Comments

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cellio
Oct. 7th, 2001 11:22 am (UTC)
I'm confused. The original partner can (1) kick out the replacement and (2) make all the rules about scheduling? What is your boss' take on this? Is that partner too valuable to risk losing, or what?

I wish you luck in sorting this out. Losing all your evenings and Sundays would really, really suck.
sethcohen
Oct. 7th, 2001 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re:
The original partner has both seniority in the store and in the company. This includes seniority over me.

She actually can't make all the rules about scheduling. However, I'm tired of arguing.

The reason she's being treated with kid gloves is that every pharmacist, no matter how much of a pain in the ass or stupid or incompetent, is a valuable asset and needs to not be lost at all costs.

*sigh* Soon, if this issue is not decided, they will lose me. Convincing them of this is another time consuming piece of crap.
fheyd
Oct. 14th, 2001 08:13 pm (UTC)
Seth my friend, you are entirely too brilliant to put up with such a crummy schedule. Whether you know it or not, there are folks out there who would grovel and beg for you to work in their establishments, much less just give you hours you like. I say look elsewhere, ditch current job when you find something newer and better, and commence extreme happiness :)

Btw, I'm thrilled you've started a LJ. It gets old only having two to read when those two people never post.

Take care :)

*HUG*
sethcohen
Oct. 14th, 2001 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re:
As you can see from a later journal, I have made that resolution. Right now I'm busy goofing off so I can hope to be productive tomorrow. Most importantly, since I'm not tired enough to sleep through Karen's alarm yet, I'm headed in that direction. 8^)

Thanks for the support. I already have extreme happiness on many fronts. Now I just need extreme happiness on all fronts! Although, now that I think about it, that would probably violate some fundamental rule of the universe or something...
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