Tuesday, 29 July 2014

I'm sorry it looks bad to you, however I was a great employee.

I lost my job a month ago.
So I have been on multiple job interviews trying to find something. And here is the problem. When you go for an interview and have to explain why you are not currently working, they assume you were and are a terrible employee and that is why you were let go, why else would a company not keep you?
The problem is, I wasn't a terrible employee, I was a great employee.

  • I got paid for maximum 45 hours / week. Monday to Friday 8-5.
  • I worked on average 50-65 hours a week. I was in early every day, but did not get paid for it, and left late most days, but they refused to pay me a minute past 5, and spent my nights on the phone trying to get things sorted when the equipment was constantly breaking down leaving us short. 
  • In the past 2+ years, I called in sick 4 times. Because I was sick enough that I couldn't move.
  • More then once I was out somewhere and had to leave to after scheduling maintenance for a truck that broke down somewhere and I had to pick up the driver and get the trucks to the shop. And I was not paid for that time.
  • I spent my days with a crazy woman screaming at me that I am worthless, and stupid, and I was lucky to even know her. But despite her harassment, I showed up everyday.
  • More then once after one of her random outbursts I would sit at my desk trying to conceal tears, but despite this I was still working to make the office run smoothly doing my best to hide how I was treated from the people around me. And I was not the only manager being treated this way. We all spoke, she had no control over herself, and daily went out of her way to ruin everyone elses' day, it's what she was known for
  • I was audited on 3 occasions and each time told by the government employee that they had never seen the office so organized, and that they had never had a manager in my position as on top of things as I was.
  • I had 3 different people threaten me. 1 threatened to kill me (because she had serious mental issues and would randomly call and take her lack of medication out on me), 2 threatened to sue me (not sure why), and one guy throw his paperwork in my face, scream at me and storm out because he didn't bring the money to pay for the course he was taking even after multiple phone conversations and e-mails telling him he had to bring the payment prior to taking the course. When I reported this to my boss and the owner they just ignored me and pretended it didn't happen.
  • A student would fail their road test, and immediately take it out on me, although it had nothing to do with me.
  • My companies lack of care for the safety of their employees and the student in the school by putting them out in trucks they were told by multiple mechanics were not safe to have on the road, was constantly blamed on me. Even though if I had it my way the equipment would have been replaced long before. 
  • I was there for over 2 years and was on multiple medications just to make it through the day, medication I was not on before joining the company.
  • I was stressed out beyond belief.
  • I spent my days off answering text messages from my crazy manager causing me to miss moments in my sons life I had booked the time off to enjoy.
However none of this matters to potential new employers because if I was a good employee, they never would have let me go, right?
Well here is what happened to cause my dismissal from this company.

I came into work and my phone had been going off like crazy all morning.
We have 4 trucks, one is not able to be driven due to no speedometer, and the transmission they had been told to replace by the mechanic at Atlantic Pacific 2 years ago, the mechanic at Lounsbury's a year and a half ago, and the independent mechanic we had recently hired 6 months before had finally given out.
We had another truck in the shop as it began coding and shutting off the Thursday before. When I reported this to the owner of the company, the head of repairs and maintenance and my boss this is the response I got.

From: Moncton Campus 
Sent: June-20-14 10:51 AM
To: 'Kristin
Cc: 'Megan'; 'John
Subject: AT18

Norm is requesting a jug of green anti-freeze for the truck. He said the level has dropped in the reservoir, there are no visible leaks.

Campus Manager
From: John
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:54 AM
To: 'Moncton Campus'; 'Kristin
Cc: 'Megan
Subject: RE: AT18

Is the oil level rising and getting milky?

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When I said no, I was told it was fine. They let it run for 2 more days shutting off randomly in the middle of traffic with people driving it who had never touched a truck before, before finally allowing me to put it in for repairs.
Since this truck was now out, and another one unable to be driven we have 2 trucks left right? 3 trainers. So we had to put into place truck sharing. 2 trainers have to share a truck. Shifts of 1.5 hours each. One pre-trips the broken down truck in the lot while the other one takes their students out driving in the "okay" truck. One trainer refused to share and sent his student home. His student who had his road test in 2 days. The other trainer got mad about this and mad about the change I had to make to the schedule (I constantly had to make schedule changes due to broken down equipment) and quit.
My boss got on the phone with each individual trainer and myself just her, me, and the girl from HR. The first HR personnel we had had in over 2 years. She asked me, what do you think the biggest issue is with the Moncton campus, and I told her "The equipment! It's old and not fit to be on the road, and your refusal to do proper maintenance which causes it to sit in the parking lot and makes the students and trainers lose hours upsets the students and the trainers, and since you're not right here, they yell at me. And you yell at me because their mad and nothing gets resolved. You need to buy new equipment that is less then 15 years old."

So they fired me. They fired me for not saying everything was fine. For telling the truth. For getting so fed up with their mismanagement and lack of care about anything but they're wallets that I just couldn't take it anymore.
The trainer that quit complained about the constant schedule changes and the fact that they would force us to take days off unpaid, and he was told that the schedule should never be changed, and they had no idea I was forcing them to take days off unpaid, and they had not approved any of that.
I did not have the authority to to allow people time off, and I'm not a fan of the forced days off either, I need my paycheck.

Another trainer who I thought was not only a co-worker but a friend, saw this opportunity and convinced head office that a trainer should be in my position. Not that he is, my job is being done by a few other people and he just sits at a desk. But a lay off for 1 or 2 trainers was coming and he knew it, so he was just looking out for number 1!

And he'll be fired as soon as they replace me. How do you think I got my job? I was replacing a man named Oren who did exactly what this man did to me to a woman named Joleen.
From: Moncton Campus 
Sent: June-25-14 1:11 PM
To: 'Megan
Cc: 'Jamie
Subject: Class 1 course next week

I just spoke with Jamie and it appears we only have 2 students starting next week. They are both 12 week students which means from July 14th  until the 22nd  will only have 2 students driving. And from the 23nd until the 28th we will not have anyone driving. The following week we will again be back to 2 students.

Campus Manager
From: Megan Cunningham
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:15 PM
To: 'Moncton Campus'
Cc: 'Jamie Rowlings'
Subject: RE: Class 1 course next week

Which means we only need 1 trainer?

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From: Moncton Campus 
Sent: June-25-14 1:17 PM
To: 'Megan
Subject: RE: Class 1 course next week

We will need 2, one in class and one in truck

Campus Manager
From: Megan
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:20 PM
To: 'Moncton Campus'
Subject: RE: Class 1 course next week

Do they know this yet?

From: Moncton Campus 
Sent: June-25-14 1:21 PM
To: 'Megan
Subject: RE: Class 1 course next week

I was able to talk to Neil and terry yesterday and told them that we were hitting a slow period. At the time I thought we had more students coming for the in class so I thought it would only be a 1 week lull.
When Norm and Chris were in there were students around so I didn’t have a chance to speak with them about vacation time and a slow period coming up.

Campus Manager
-Forwarded Message Attachment--
From: @.ca
To: moncton@ttcc.ca
Subject: RE: Class 1 course next week
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:29:29 -0300
K let’s not say anything today.

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So now, after being fired, despite the fact that I was a better employee then they deserved, people say "Why would they let you go if you were a good employee?"
What am I supposed to say? If I bad mouth them I look bitter and angry. Would anyone really believe that a company would run caring so little about safety. Should I tell them I had to be prescribed sleeping pills because I couldn't sleep at night because I feared an employee and student getting seriously hurt if not killed from our faulty equipment. This stress caused me to go into a deep depression, and on top of it, the faulty equipment was always blamed on me!! I have e-mails from head office saying it is my fault the equipment is like this, despite their constant refusal to pay for much needed repairs.
Now I am without a job, without a paycheck, struggling to get by, and the jobs I really want, the places I would love to work at, won't hire me because they think if I was let go, then I must not be a good employee.
Life is pretty unfair right now.
However when someone from that school does get seriously hurt if not killed from the faulty equipment, my conscious will be clear, because at least I spoke up, even if it did cost me my job.

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