Blue Light Special
Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
11Trip End Ongoing
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Last day of the shift. We hopped into the van and headed out to where we were working. Immediately we spotted the blue lights flashing. This means an H2S alert. This is deadly stuff, not to be messed with. We turned around and headed back to the lunchroom.
Background time. It used to be, that on the last Thursday of a shift we would leave early at 3:00 to get a head start on the highway. Some of the trades were starting 15 early everyday and banking this so they could get a full days pay on the early home day. This whole banking hours thing goes against our contract, so the electricians would have no part in this; we still left early, but only booked 7 1/2 hrs for the last day. Seems some pipefitters left on bad terms and filed a grievance asking for double time for all those 15 minutes.
Ofcourse, this banking thing was offered as a favour and by request. The plant was not willing to do it if it was going to cost extra. So the hammer came down, and now everyone works the full 10 hours on home day. The first weekend of this caused quite a fuss, as it was going to be the Easter weekend. With only 3 days off, we were none too pleased to have this family holiday compromised by even a few hours. The only reason we got to leave at 3 that weekend is they were not able to change the bus schedule on such short notice.
This weekend ofcourse, all that had been ironed out.
It became evident early in the day Thursday that we would not recieve the all clear to go back to work. We asked if we could leave early... No. So, for 10 hours we played cards, ate our lunches, paced, played more cards...wasted time.
This of course made for a very long day. Made longer because it was layoff day. Some of my favourites were layed off. I was upset by this, but I have to admit, happier it wasn't me. I'm not ready to go yet. I could use atleast another month to recover from my last few months off. Still, I am curious see how things will be when we get back. I am on a cable pulling crew. Our post layoff leftovers are to be merged with another cable crew. I am looking forward to this actually. The days were beginning to blend, so any new dynamic is welome.