Sunday, October 18, 2020

Episode #56: This Is The 2nd Part Of The 1st Impression


Ya know, old blogging habits can die a really hard and painfully gruesome

No, really. Honest and for true. Roughly a week and a half ago, I wrote in that particular post that there would be a part 2. I actually had something planned out for that next post, like a better recap or something to that effect. Problem is, here we are a week and a half later, and my initial plan has gone to pot.

So we're par for the course. And using cliches, which is also par for the course. And reusing massively old pictures, which again is also par for the course.

Sigh.

The main reason, I think, is that for the past few weeks I've been calmly preparing for November 2nd, which will be the first day in 24 1/2 years where I don't have to be somewhere by 8a. So I've been cleaning out all of the crap that needs to be filed, scanned, boxed, moved and regurgitated. Which means that I've been spending on average about 3 1/2 hours per day at the office getting all of my work done. And believe or not, I'll be doing my very last payroll this week, since my last day coincides with the very last working pay day I will be participating in.

In addition to the cleaning/purging of my office (yes, believe it or not I still have some stuff to take home from my almost bare bones cubicle), I've also been doing a little "goodbye" related writing. Like, writing a good-bye e-mail that will go up around lunch time on October 30th, as I will probably spending the entire day there cleaning up and not really paying attention to my e-mail. Not sure how long my work e-mail will remain active, but it'll be there just the same.

I'm also writing some thank you notes for all of my payroll co-workers. I bought the cards last weekend and I plan on dropping some serious coin on D&D gift cards for everyone.

So sometimes, the best laid plans can go askew. Hopefully, once the reality of retirement really sinks in and becomes my new normal, I'll try to find a way to get back into the swing of blogging again. And yes, the picture up above perfectly represents how I've already checked out at work.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Good Lord, It's Autumn Already? Where Did The Time Go?

Wowzers!

It's been, at the very least, an interesting Summer 2020. While I have not been doing anything in the way of writing (or blogging) for that matter, I have begun the laborious task getting my life into some kind of semblance of order. An order, of which I would like to have in place by the beginning of 2021.

To say things have been eventual during the summer would be a distinct understatement.

Let's start off with the events of the familia.

Everyone in the familia is doing as well as can be expected. Daughter has been tested 4 times (yes, you read that correctly) at the university and so far has been a big fat negative (yay!). Both doggos, Tina and Oreo, are doing well, as well as the rabbit Mr. Cuddles. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the masthead of the blog. Holly was euthanized in early September due to a combination of age and kidney disease.

I'm doing well as can be expected, and that will only get better, since on November 1st...

Work.

...on November 1st, I will officially be a retired somebody.

If you recall from my blatherings from earlier this year, work has been a basic flustercuck. The aggravation hasn't stemmed from the new world order known as Covid-19, but stemming from the new payroll system that my agency is shoving down our throats (sort of like how the left shoving down black lies matter and antifa in the style of 1984).  This collective shoving is not a statewide thing, but an agency thing (a lot of agencies don't want it, so that's a huge red flag right there), and they're doing w/o the proper training for ALL OF THE STAFF, and it seems like every time they set a concrete date to make it effective, a lug wrench trashes the gears and they have to go back to square 1a.

I actually qualified for early retirement the month after I had turned 55 this year (June). I really didn't want to do it, since a large financial penalty would be involved for taking an early retirement, but after qualifying with an age and year total of 75+ and combined on how miserable I was becoming and how it was affecting my home life as the aforementioned debacle was unfolding, I consulted with my family and came to the decision that after spending a total of 24 1/2 years with one employer, it was time to go.

And thus, ends part the first. Tune in next time for part the 2nd, and as always, keep on shakn' your groove thing.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Episode #54: Summer Hiatus

Good afternoon and welcome to the skewered literary world of G.B. Miller, where fact is fiction and fiction is a thinly veiled interpretation of reality.

Today is July 1, 2020. Which is also a Wednesday, which means it's time for our monthly participation in the IWSG blog hop. Sadly there is no real writing progress to talk about.

Instead, we will talk about our continued lack of writing and motivation.

2020 has been a very serious bust for me. Between issues with family and work (COVID19 among other things), there has been a complete lack of motivation to write, whether it's regular writing or blog writing.

So after some very careful consideration, I've decided to take the 2nd most drastic step when it comes to blogging: going on hiatus.

I've decided to take the rest of the summer from blogging. Hopefully, once September rolls around, I'll be in a better mood (and hopefully the rest of the U.S. will be in a better place with the pandemic under reasonable control) to do some blogging. Not sure about the writing thing, as we're taking that step-by-painful-step.

Truth be told, I'm thinking that once the weather starts to turn come September, I'll be better motivated to write, because presently, staying indoors on the weekend (or even when it's not work related), is really not conducive to my mental health and well being.

I'll still be tripping around visiting a few bloggers hither and yither, since I really need something to read in the mornings, as well as tidying up my remaining active blogs, but for the most part, I'm taking a much needed mental break from blogging.

Have a fantastic week!

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Episode #53: Accountability Matters

Greetings and Salutations, and welcome to the skewered literary world of G.B. Miller. I thought for a change of pace, I would talk about something that ins't near or dear to my heart in any way, shape or fashion, but it is something that I have a more than a passing knowledge of. And for an added bonus, this actually ties in quite snugly with the protest flavor of the month, defunding the police.

Public sector unions and their loathsome contracts.

For those of you who may be first time visitors to this blog and don't know diddly/squat about me, I work for a state guv'ment agency. Who I actually work for doesn't really matter, since the job I perform (payroll) is quite interchangeable with other agencies.

Anywho, performing my job for the last 16+ years has given me a cockroach's eye-view of a plethora of public sector union contracts. And armed with that knowledge, I'm going to make a solid argument tying the public sector unions, money and politicians (mostly Democrats) together as a reason why defunding the police is not going to work and why accountability will never happen so long as that particular triad is functioning.

For the most part, all pubic sector contracts contain about 85% boilerplate language. In other words, if you open a typical public sector contract (which you can easily find on any state government website) (for CT, it would be Office of Purchasing Management, sub agency Dept of Labor, sub section, labor contracts), about 85% of the language is all the same. The other 15% would contain language specific for that particular bargaining unit (compensation mostly, and some grievance procedures), like disciplinary matters (up to and including termination)

What now follows is a basic description of the procedures that have to be followed in order to potentially terminate a public sector union employee.

1} Paper trail. Document, document, document, and when you're done documenting, document some more. You must document every single disciplinary encounter with the employee. If not, it will turn into a he said/she said, and points will be deducted if you can't show a consistent accumulation of disciplinary actions.

2} Once you succeed in collecting a good paper trail, you'll will have those pesky little union hearings. Again, you will have to have all your ducks in a row, with all of your "I's" dotted and your "T's" crossed. Miss anything, and I mean anything, you will have to start back at square one.

3} I forgot to mention that one of those pesky little union hearings actually requires a fact finding hearing called a Loudermill had to be held. This is a requirement if you want to actually terminate any kind of public sector employee. Failure to do will result in starting over from scratch.

4} If, somehow by the grace of whatever deity you choose to worship, you make it this far, you get to pitch your case in front of an incredibly biased arbitration juror. I say biased, because for the exception of sports, entertainment and most large business, 99% of the time these arbiters favor the union employees. Need I say more?

5} On the very slim (like infinitesimal)  chance that you might win, you can terminate the employee. Even then, you might not be out of the woods. The appeals process is wonderful thing, which in turn can make you simply pay the person to go away. Heavily.

6} More often than not, you'll have to take the employee, who if this was the real world, would stay justifiably fired. This will only make the general public hate unions even more.

Worst case example: that twat who stayed outside the Stoneman Douglas High school was rehired. With full back pay and seniority restored. Click on the link for sordid details.

So when people in the know who aren't MSM or Democrats tell you that a public sector employee can't be fired, believe them 100%. Democrats are the root of all the problems with public sector unions (in our state, for the longest time the Democrats were too scared to actually vote for anyone public sector contracts whenever they came out for renewal, preferring instead to just sit on their dainty money-grubbing hands and let it become legal after a 30 day grace period) and so long as they willingly drop their pants and spread them wide,  the problems will continue to exist.

Btw, you can thank Democrats for all of the fiscal problems in the blue states that they run because a good chunk of their fiscal insanity is directly due to the overly generous union contracts that were created through bad faith bargaining.

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