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Sooooo... My husband is most likely going on strike at the end of this month...meaning our insurance will run out, and I will not be able to afford my anatomy scan in December, because we will be without an income while he strikes, and have to use what we have in savings to pay for food, mortgage, bills etc. So me and a friend were discussing this today, and another lady pipes in and says "Your husbands shouldnt be going on strike, they should just be happy with what they have, and so should you. Not everyone has a union to back them up... I wish my family could go on strike..." at which point I stopped listening, because who WANTS to go on strike??? we surely dont, but when 98% of the company votes down the contract, you know its a sh*tty contract.
It felt like she was personally attacking me, saying I wasnt grateful for what I had. Believe me, I am grateful for what my husband and I have made for ourselves. we dont have much, but we do have a house, 2 cars fully paid for, and the ability to feed our family healthy foods. We have worked very hard for what we have, when we met, we both had nothing, I had a falling apart car, and lived with people I rented a room from that i met on craigslist.. He lived with his parents, had no job, no car, and we have worked for everything we have. It just felt like she thought i was "given" all I have, which is not the case...
sorry for the rant, but I still cant even talk to this person who said this, it is not the first time she has said something like this to me, (we have mutual friends) and at no time did I ever ask her opinion, or even talk to her about our situation, she just overhears and jumps right in with her unwanted 2 cents...
only if he is out of work for a month, because they take the last 2 pay stubs and look at them. So, we are scheduling my Dec. apt the last week of Nov. and hoping we can wait till Jan. for the next apt, and hope that the strike doesn't last longer than a month. there is cobra care, but it is over 700 for just me to be covered on it, and we simply cannot afford to pay that...
I know we will make it work, I just couldn't believe her. and it frustrates me to no end that she would think that way of union workers. yeah they get a say when its time for a new contract, but they also put up with a whole lot of other junk.
Yeah I am trying not to stress, but I am not very good at that! Thanks all, we are hoping it is just a short one too. We did just find out that the company wants to start negotiations again tomorrow, so that is a plus.
Such a lesson in not passing judgement because you don't know everyone's back story -- she should have kept her mouth shut. I do hope it's a short strike that things work out in your favor.
Last year, our county re-assessed our property tax rates. Some people, based on their home/land value, ended up paying more, some less. Back in the spring the lady who was doing our federal income tax returns pretty much told us that we weren't paying our fair share and that it was immoral because our house was re-assessed lower than hers was.
Please! As if we had anything to do with how they assessed my 110-year old house. I wanted to tell her to just do her job and don't complain to me how the system is inequitable.