I wanted to share my story since so many people were affected by what just happened to myself and my coworkers yesterday. I was hired in as a full-time non-career employee. This meant that I had the ability to work 40 hours a week while learning about working for the State Of Michigan while I finished my degree and eventually be converted to a with benefit employee by the time my degree is complete. I have worked 40 hours all year long, barely missing a day and always completing jobs assigned on a timely basis. I had received many comments of praise on my work.
Yesterday, we got an email from our boss that stated that all the non-career employees would get their hours cut. This meant that instead of being able to work 40 hours, I would have to work 30 hours or 130 hours a month. This meant that I would loose enough pay that paying out-of-pocket for my classes would be very difficult.
I am married with 2 kids and this situation is really bad. It is bad enough that I have been forced to live with my in-laws to be able to provide a good home and good schools to my children. This pay cut pushed the possibility of saving up and moving out, totally out the window.
I was for the healthcare reform, but not in this way. I felt that we should push the insurance companies aside and make a single-payer system like the rest of the country. Instead we got a horrible piece of legislation that really only benefits the insurance companies. I am highly disappointed that I am unable to work so many hours because a federal law says so and my employer cannot provide me the benefits that are deserved.
I hope this is fixed in the future. I don’t think this country is going in the right direction. We need to real reform that doesn’t line someone’s pockets.