The Family (Or most of them)

The Family (Or most of them)
The Family

October 29, 2008

Don't Dream It's Over

BUT IT IS.

The strike at my newspaper, that is.

After 16 days of grief, stress, frustration, anger, angst, anxiety, walking a picket line for 20 kms per day, I'm back at work on Wednesday.

I compare these past two weeks roughly with the rollercoaster that the stock market has been, basically a free-fall of folly and f*ck-ups, and a feeling of how can this be happening.

Like someone had pulled a big chunk out of me and wouldn't give it back.

But after our company finally pulled all its concession demands off the table, we ended up with mildly improved wages and benefits in what is a very profitable market for our owner.

All I can say is:
UGH.
And WHEW!

20 comments:

  1. Hallelujah Brother!

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  2. Finally its over! Hope it stays that way.

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  3. Hooray!! You must feel great :) hehe

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  4. That is good news, WW. I am so happy for you.

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  5. Yay for you! I'm glad your strike didn't drag out as ours has. Hubby is voting on Saturday to accept or reject the new Boeing contract. After two months---I've nearly gone bald tearing my hair out over this.

    Well, ok, not really. But still...it's not been pretty.

    I'm very happy for you!

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  6. That is good news!

    Well, at least y'all came out with a little bit more! That's compromise. Glad to hear y'all've worked it out. And I'm sure come next time, y'all be pros at handling the strike. The paper probably lost some serious revenues, especially with all that's happened since the strike. But I'm glad everyone stood together in that picket line to show unity and support. Great job!

    I wonder what the paper will say about the strike!

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  7. MJ:

    Amen!

    Gautami:

    It'll stay that way until 2013, at least...

    Stace:

    Relieved with nerves frayed is probably more accurate...:-)

    Laurie:

    Thanks...

    Pamela:

    Hopefully it's accepted, if it's good enough or if that's how hubby votes. All the best with it, sincerely.

    Eroswings:

    I GUESS it's compromise, but I sure wish it didn't have to come down to a confrontation like this.

    I need a vacation. I'm taking a week off in November, might just drive around for a while.

    Maybe I'll come and visit you and go check up on Dubya in Texas while I'm there!

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  8. Way to stick it to the MAN!

    ..sort of.

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  9. btw
    we are just going to get the weekend editions now..
    we got used to NOT having to waste a half hour reading the paper in the morning and found more interesting things to do.

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  10. Yay! Now let's drink. Oh wait, I can't drink just yet. You go ahead and drink for me. :)

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  11. Wellabit happy for ya......... so, now, what to do with all these ginger nut biscuits I baked for your picket line lol

    x

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  12. Donn:

    He brought it on himself and stuck it to us all, including himself and readers. Sayonara.

    Anna:

    I'll have a Perrier for you...we've all got to sacrifice at such times and in such conditions.

    Toasty:

    They won't go to waste. But ginger nut?

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  13. Ginger nuts are hard crispy ginger biscuits LOL

    x

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  14. OK..
    now you can start blogging again!

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  15. Toasty:

    Yeah, just laugh away with the references to hard and nuts...

    They sound like what we'd call ginger snaps here...:-)

    DC or Mr. Coppens or any of your other aliases aside from Homo Escapeons:

    I dunno. I think a hiatus is in order (and I don't mean a hiatus hernia either)

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  16. i am so glad the strike is over! i dunno how i would cope with having to not work and not knowing how long it would continue!

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  17. Anonymous9:51 AM

    Ginger nuts are scrummy, but quintessentially and English thing!! lol!

    Glad all is well.

    Laura

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  18. Angel:

    Yep, that's the whole problem, the uncertainty with it all, the fear factor...it was ugly.

    Laura:

    Where ya been, girl? Thanks for stopping by. Many beautiful things in the world are English :-)

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  19. Anonymous3:20 PM

    lol!!! I have been busy gaming,as I am now addicted to not only Yahtzee, but gin rummy and hearts now!!! lol!!!
    I still pop in to see you from time to time though.

    Stay well

    Laura

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  20. Laura:

    I could beat the pants off of you in Hearts!

    All the best.

    Chris

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