Thursday, April 14, 2005

Planting the seeds for Greenie-Weenie Jr?

I hate rambling, and I hate going off on tirades – always sounds to me like I’m whining instead of actually making a valid point and argument about something.
Tried to call the other night on my way to work to let someone know I was going to be late by a couple minutes (less than 10, actually). Well, was told that no one was available, so got in as quickly as I could. Got written up – third time since January. Doing school and work for the last 9 months has left me pretty much with no energy at all, and most times I’m just lucky to get where I’m going. I’ve faced up to the fact that I’m just going to be late for my own funeral.
Anyway – get pulled into “his” office, have things “explained” to me (thanks, Dad!!) like I was some irresponsible nitwit who had no moral compunction other than just floating along with no sense of responsibility to do anything or show up places when and where I happened to want to. I was informed that I would be “fined the equivalent of a day’s pay” for my heinous infraction (since I was late because of trying to say hello to family I haven’t seen in 4 years who called me just shy of a hour before I was due to be at work to let me know they were 7 blocks from my house – silly me that I wanted to at least see them long enough to say hello). Alright, so it’s in civil service rules regarding the whole progressive discipline thing, and it’s just “his job” to enforce them. Alright, Mr. Hard Ball – how about enforcing all the rules? And how does the fact that I had to be “spoken to” about my boots not being shined have anything to do with my being late??? – yet it seems there is some hidden, underlying conspiracy on my part that equivocates these 2 crimes. Let’s do something about these slobs here who can’t seem to wear clean uniforms or at least ones that don’t look like they’ve been slept in, or maybe have people make some attempt to keep them tucked in, pulled up and pulled together? I’m not saying people have to have them dry cleaned and pressed professionally, but I think the last thing any of our clientele is going to remark on is how my shoes aren’t polished, and I grovel and beg forgiveness that I have other things on my mind and my plate (like trying to make sure I get laundry done so I have clean uniforms, or maybe getting in my 2 hour nap in between school and work) to make my best effort to try and be presentable and somewhat awake to be able to function at work. Take a look at your own boots, people, and honestly answer if you think they couldn’t use a coat of wax on them. And besides – anyone can wear cheaters that look like crap unless you’re at a black tie function anyway.
Notice, too, how it’s funny that, heaven forbid! you be 1 minute late (cause technically, that’s late, and it’s all about the details) and if you’re late coming in, you’re keeping your fellow employees from going home on time (doesn’t matter that you were kept in the office for 20 minutes to discuss this infraction, cause it’s your fault that you were late in the first place that started this whole chain reaction). But, if you get stuffed with a late call (which seems lately seems to be happening more and more, but due to dispatch error, not because we’ve been overwhelmed with calls since we extra trucks up on a regular basis), that’s just the “nature of the business”. How about the “nature of my life”? Not good enough! Ding! Thanks for playing! Which just tells me that I’m a piece of crap on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not worth noticing unless there’s a stink made about something. All about the numbers – call times, budgets, payroll. Hmm – sound like private service talking? Certainly doesn’t sound like any civil service family that I’ve heard of. I’ve been wondering if that thank you card I received in the mail was sent to me in error, or if it was some kind of joke to just try and make me feel more comfortable in the den of snakes.
And how’s this for another straw to add to the pile – and here’s where I start to wonder if I’m paranoid and making things up in my head since I have no proof to the contrary. Call in to give 4 days notice that my availability has changed (from what was submitted over a month ago) and that a shift I was scheduled for I would not be able to work. Well, apparently, our schedule is written completely in stone, and under no uncertain terms would I be allowed to get out of the shift. And why, might you ask, was the reasoning for this? Because “he” would have to pay someone overtime to fill the spot! Hmm, how about another rule that always gets overlooked which applies to civil service – maximum of 350 hours of OT a year. Oh, but that’s right – we’re an emergency service, so the rules don’t apply to us. Oh, unless it’s convenient to apply them – but pick and choose to minimize inconvenience. Throw all these happenings (that occurred in less than a week) and I can’t help but wonder that I’m purposely being antagonized in an attempt to get me to bow down and kiss Coroframs or get me to quit. Someone mad because I found another job?
Keep hearing all this rhetoric about how this isn’t going to turn into a private ambulance service. Well, sorry! Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck – guess what? It’s a duck. I spent 10 years working for the other evil empire (and you think Acadian is bad?) – and went through 4 regime changes, 2 buyouts and multiple absorptions of other services. I’ve heard these stories. I’ve seen these changes. I’ve dealt with these personalities that have come and gone while the need for our services (shall we start to talk about equipment here? How about protocols that let us do something besides play taxi?) is still omnipresent. Anyone else hear ducks quacking?
So – is it just me? Am I just that out of line, or that much of a screw up that I’m making this so hard for myself? Or do things seem to be going south with “them”? Previously, it was a dictatorship, but you knew where you stood. That’s fine. There were rules, and everyone was subjected to the same iron fist. This now seems to be authoritarian (including the feeling of the secret police) and the goal seems to be to eliminate those who won’t shut up or put up. Seems a little reactionary that you get rid of the squeaky wheel instead of trying to figure out why it’s not working quite right. I’m not going to apologize for having a life outside of work and wanting something more from my professional career than continuing to do the same job I have for nearly 13 years. I love my work – when I get to do it. And seems fearless Director did something more than just settle for staying at the same level. I guess I’m just feeling terribly frustrated, held back and extremely tired – and it’s showing.
I do apologize for the rant – but appreciate your having read this far.

13 comments:

melinda said...

Sounds like you've had a pretty shitty run of luck! Hopefully, things will turn around for you soon.

Sean said...

It'd be interesting to hear other people's experiences with "discipline." Anyone? Anyone?

T-MAN said...

Well there was toys and leather creams and fruit.... opps wrong blog.sorry

damnyankee said...

if they're going to use that kind of stuff, people will be lined up to be disciplined!!

Anonymous said...

Well it seems to me that if your not a person that EVER comes in late Like LUKE. Or once every "Blue Ball" Like you Sean. Then there should be some kinda incentive for you to hurry up and get to work instead of a write up. Because if I wake up and look at my alarm clock and I know I'm gonna be late. And, it's my 3rd time this year . I'm going back to sleep and show up at work when I get ready. I mean why bust your butt to hurry up get dressed goto work make it there and your 3mins late. But now it's your 3rd time. Hell if your 1min late or 10hrs late your still gonna get fined anyway. So why not go out like a champ and show up 8hours and 3 mins late. And still have to go back home because you forgot you radio.
As far as the MAX hours of overtime a year. I think were covered under that. Because it says, and Im quoting directly from the civil service rules. "Under no circumstance shall ANY employee be permitted to work in excess of 416 hours of overtime in any calender year." Usually if the rule didnt apply to us. Afterwards, it would say. "Except NON-EXEMPT empolyee's" However this rule (Rule IV 9.10 Page 41) DOESNT. So since I've already done the math in my head to this one here's the scoop.... With our 8 hrs of built in overtime that = about 192hrs which only leaves you with 224hrs that you have left to work overtime in a calender year which is a little bit over 18 12hour shifts. Then of course there's that late call you get EVERYDAY. Thats at least 1.5Hrs here and there. The 16hr Mardi gras shifts,city paid details, Monthly meetings,or the inspection thats coming up(Which I heard recently is mandatory. but your not getting paid for it) Now I know what Cartman means when say's "Screw you guys I'm going home"

michael paxton said...

Mandatory means you are getting paid for it. You should have read that in the civil service manual.

Melinda said...

T-man, I LIKE the way you think!!! WAHOO!!!

Sean said...

I 'blue ball' it? I've had that condition before, but it wasn't related to being late!
Well, maybe it was a couple of times.
Never mind, carry on!

T-MAN said...

Sean that in itself is areason to late, esp if you are in the middle of wel relieving the situation. HAHAHA

Melinda said...

Three words... NASTY, NASTY and NASTY!!!!!

i'msofain said...

ever wonder what t-man does all night alone at moss street? NOW YOU KNOW!

Capt.SaveAHoe said...

Micheal paxton of course mandatory means your getting paid. That was meant as PUN.

Anonymous said...

Damnyankee,
First of all let me say that I can appriciate your frustration. But on the other hand you did the crime its time to do the time. I know if you caused me to get off late I would have a word with you. As far as your shift changing it sounds like your a part timer, Since when can you just pull out of a shift I'm going to look into that if thats true. But as a FULL TIMER I cannot. You at least submitted your own sch., Shame on you. If you have to much on your plate I'd cut back we don't need to burn out any more good medics. I don't know you personally but you obviously have'nt been here long if you think Dawne was fair that was evident with a certain family that could do no wrong. I think you need to look at the big picture I see things getting better. We at least have people who actually ask our opinion. One last item, What did you mean by "They should enforce all the rules"? I sure hope you aren't refering to certian rule unless you truely want this service to go away, not to mention what some employees would do to the rat.