I know a guy, let’s call him Bob. Bob has worked for the same company, Schwanns, for about 15 years. Recently, Schwanns shut down the facility where Bob works. It’s just a distribution warehouse and Bob is a driver/salesman for the company. Bob’s route won’t be eliminated, he’s been a good salesman.
The issue is that Bob’s route won’t be driven by Bob any longer. Bob is being displaced by Schwanns. I asked Bob one day of the closure of the warehouse which I’d read about in the paper would affect his job. He said yes. I asked how.
This is how. Bob would have to go to another warehouse where there are a couple of routes open. Bob could not keep his present route., Bob could not keep his 15 years seniority. Bob could not even keep his rate of pay.
Bob decided that rather than start from scratch with this company, he’d just quit working for them and look for another job. I’ll miss Bob. He’s a nice guy and knows the business.
I am no fan of unions and if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that. But if I were in Bob’s shoes, I’d sure as hell want a union on my side. I’d want a ravenous union president who’d staple signs on sticks and organize a march for me.
There is no other way to describe it except that Bob is getting screwed by Schwanns. And I doubt there’s any Republicans standing up for him. Hell, they’ll vote to give Schwanns a tax break, they’re “creating” jobs right? They’re swell guys.
I used to buy my breakfast sandwiches from Schwanns; well, I bought them from Bob. But I’m never buying anything from Schwanns again. As far as I am concerned, the management of Schwanns is a bunch of bastards for the way they’re treating Bob.