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Two weeks later...

By maecuff ·
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I'm starting my third week as a factory worker. I'm tired all of the time and everything hurts. We had today off, but I understand, that beginning tomorrow, we're working 12 hours each day, 7 days a week. I put a Dennison Fastener through the tip of my finger on Friday. And I have a splinter in my *** from sitting on a stack of pallets. (I won't have to learn THAT lesson again). We've tried just about everything to get it out. My husband wants me to go to the Doctor to get it out, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I'm going to try bikini wax in a few minutes. And even worse than ANY of that, it dawned on me that I am NEVER going have time to get my hair done. We can't have this. I'm going to have to do my own hair! I don't do hair. I'm no good at it.

I'm pretty sure that I'm going to start losing members of my staff. They aren't going to be running presses for very long before they jump ship. My boss and his wife came over to our house last night. He's on the verge of walking out, himself. It seems as if the place is crumbling from the inside out.

I've re-read this and tried to find a point to my post and there really isn't one.. I'm just rambling because I can. :)

I haven't been able to stay on top of anything here. Have I missed anything good?

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by Shellbot In reply to Two weeks later...

i hope it ends soon Mae.

you can't keep that up forever, make sure you take care of yourself

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Okay Mae

by Tig2 In reply to Two weeks later...

I wish that there was something that I could say or do that would help. The situation you are in bites.

Splinter- First, apply a hot (as hot as you can stand) cloth to the area. This opend skin pores and will make extraction easier. If you do not have a good view, someone else will need to do the removal. Sterilise a needle by exposing the point to flame. The point should get red hot. Now the hard part- dig. The needle will help to both expose the splinter and provide an extraction path. If there is infection building, it should drain as the splinter is extracted. The good (?) news is that the infection is trying to push the splinter out.

Once removed, clean the area frequently with rubbing alcohol and consume copious amounts of grain alcohol. Continue to consume until feeling ceases. An anti-biotic cream would be a good idea... for the splinter site.

Yep, it is likely that the rats will abandon the ship. You're going into the third week and after awhile, 12 hour days start to wear on a person. Question is, is there an end in sight? Is corporate doing anything to address the strike? Are they keeping you aware of developments? Or are they simply looking at your site as disposable? The answers to those questions tell you what your next steps should look like.

No matter what, start taking a good B Complex vitamin immediately. It will help your body to deal with the stress your are under.

GG is in a similar situation lately as well. Right now, the job life just bites.

You are in my prayers.

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I tried

by maecuff In reply to Okay Mae

the hot compress, soaking in a hot tub of epsom salts, bikini wax and needle nosed tweezers. And when I say 'I tried', I mean my husband tried. I'm pretty flexible, but I'm not THAT flexible. :)

He found some drawing salve, so I'll give that a shot tonite.

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Good and Bad

by maecuff In reply to Two weeks later...

One of the replacement workers was followed and beaten last night, another one had his tires slashed. Security found nails in the parking lot (welded together so that the pointy side lands up). They broke the restraining order and entered the parking lot last night when we were bussed in (around 25 or so union members) I wasn't overly afraid, but it is unsettling. I had my picture taken this morning, but I don't think they got my good side.

the good news? My husband finally got the splinter extracted last night! It doesn't hurt to walk or sit anymore. :)

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Well...Isn't that just lovely

by TechExec2 In reply to Good and Bad

Well...Isn't that just lovely.

GREAT to hear about the splinter!

Very sorry to hear about the violence. I know you'll take it very seriously and protect yourself properly today, for the rest of the strike, and AFTER it ends. It's never "over" for some people. This cannot be taken too seriously.

Take care, Mae.

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So far

by maecuff In reply to Well...Isn't that just lo ...

the violence seems to be toward the replacement workers. My fear is, I'm not 'out and about' much, being it IT, I don't have very much interaction with the union members, and I'm also dressed for factory work. I just don't want to be mistaken for a replacement worker. I'm very careful in the evenings to make sure I'm not followed, and my husband waits for me on the front porch with a baseball bat. He makes sure all my employees who car pool with me are safely in their cars before going inside.

I'd like to hope that this will be over soon, but from what I'm hearing from my boss, he doesn't think it will be.

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Dress for the part

by jdclyde In reply to So far

Now would be the time to wear your normal geek garb, and carry "shop cloths" in a bag so you can change in and out of them as you need to.

NOT blending in would be a very good thing right now.

Watch yourself.

Got any mace or pepper spray? Now would be the perfect time to get a small can on a keychain. Spray and run. (after a few kicks) ]:)

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I do

by maecuff In reply to Dress for the part

have pepper spray. And I am trying to remain watchful. I just talked to one of the 'goons' and apparently, we have a new problem. The replacement workers have talked together and there is a group of them who have decided that they are going to wear shirts printed with things that are going to inflame the strikers. The guards and our safety manager are trying to squash it. That infuriates me, because all they're going to do is put all of us in more danger.

I'm working with some of these people and I am telling you, they come from a subculture that is completely foreign to me. They are truly the dregs of society.

I'm supposed to be out in manufacturing right now, but I have a meeting with the auditors to prepare for. I'm dragging it out as long as humanly possible.

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Mae, be careful

by gadgetgirl In reply to Good and Bad

Seriously, I mean it. Get yourself armed to the hilt, even if this won't be going on much longer.

Yes, have mace/pepper spray handy, but consider investing in a nice loud 140dB personal attack alarm. If you want a very cheap alternative for pepper spray - travel spray bottle, filled half full with water, topped up with half and half ladies perfume and mens aftershave, one preferably musk based (stinks, lasts ages, and doesn't wash out that easily once combined with perfume...don't ask how I know...) Obviously, use a cheap perfume, preferably sweet and cloying and the exact opposite of the mens aftershave. To use: spray directly into the eyes and mouth....don't bother about the nose, it'll get there, it stinks so much.

Right. Next. Do you take a handbag to work? Sorry, that'll be a purse, to you! Do you have one that has the metal clips that clip onto each side of the bag to make a shoulder strap? If you have, here's another tip: get your man to go to the nearest hardware store and get a semi heavy linked chain. Put the clips from the shoulder strap on each end, and use that on your handbag - sorry, purse! In emergencies, you unclip one end, use the bag itself as the handle, and you can flail away catching the idiot in any place you can - preferably on bare skin; it leaves welts if you don't actually get to draw blood.

Shoes: wear trainers/flatties when going to and from the car park. Faster for getting away. Sod looking good, you need to be safe.

Same with skirts - don't wear 'em. Stick to trousers, easier to sprint.

God forbid, but if one of them gets hold of you, protect your face first. Especially your eyes. They can fix most things these days, but eyes, for the most part, ain't one of 'em. Think about getting wraparound plain glasses - even safety ones - if you have the slightest idea there may be bother in the car park or anywhere else.

Lastly, for the moment anyway, NEVER, EVER go back to the car for something you've forgotten once you've got to the factory. Leave it. Get it on the way home. Even if it's your lunch - get something else, or cadge off others. Don't put yourself at risk just to retrieve something that is totally replaceable, unlike you.

Right. If you're not sure of any of that, or you want more if you think it's going to get really nasty, let me know. I'm on sick leave at the moment, and can't recall whether you have my personal email or not; if not, let me know and I'll pm it to you (cos even with the site changes, I STILL can't change my pm addy!)

Stay safe, Mae - put yourself first. Be aware, and keep aware.


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Always assume the worst

by jdclyde In reply to Mae, be careful

There are no "friendlies" at a time like this. Assume people wish to do you harm and don't give them an opportunity to do so.

This is just not a cool situation your employer has knowingly placed you in.

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