We had that informational meeting after work today, to go over the upcoming changes to a 24/7 workplace. I kinda walked out cuz it was so ridiculous. Well, the main part of the meeting was over and they were just taking questions. Conversations were scattered, and the plant manager mentioned to some lesser involved people that they could go now if they didn't have questions. I was so irate by that point that I stormed out too. Got to my car, burst into tears and cried all the way home.
It looks like I have no choice in this matter...I will be going to the 12-hour shifts. This pissed me off but it was only a very small part of my rage and frustration. It was very clear to me that even after my meetings with the plant manager, there was never any further discussion about the 'relief people' possibly staying on a normal 8-hour shift. Other ridiculous points, and what really pushed me to my limit was when it was announced that the hours would be 7am-7pm, and when they told us what the schedule for breaks would be.
Why do these seeminly minor in the bigger picture things bother me so much? Because we'd all heard that there would be a vote on the hours, 5am-5pm, 6-6, or 7-7. Now we were told it had been already been decided. Their reasons? Because they don't want to have to give a pre-shift meeting at 6am, then again at 7am. PUH-LEEZE!!! The pre-shift meeting takes all of five minutes and basically is just a brief run thru of the schedule for the day and any important bits we need to know. The other lame ass reason is because the one night crew that they fear they'll have the hardest time filling wants 7-7, so they're getting there way. W.T.F?! If they don't have this crew filled yet, who voted?? And why does the preference of a few get to rule the majority??
Totally stupid, unfair shit like that is was drove me to tears. I've worked at this place almost 20 years (quit and returned back in the early days) and it's been a long long time since I've considered leaving, but I'm thinking about it now. I do know that when these 12-hour days start, I will not be working any overtime regardless what they say. That's one of their big selling points...that we'll get all these days off...so guess what, dumbasses, I'm holding you to your word.
Oh, and if a holiday happens to fall on a day we're scheduled to work, we have to work it. The plant will no longer shut down for holidays. Nice, huh?
So yeah, it's been a high stress day. I can't even think of anything pleasant to write about.