Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It Looks Like Goodbye Easter
The wife and I were talking tonight and unless they give everyone a shot at having at least one of those four days off from the Friday to Monday I will be working every one one of them. So the kids are home and I will be working those four days.
Now apparently it is very hard to request a day off when you want one. We only have so much staff and if one wants a day off then it screws up everyone's schedule.
So people phone in sick , a lot.
So far I have gone in early twice at 5:30AM cause someone needed two days off. A couple of times someone else has been sick so I have been asked to go in early those days. One time happened today.
Listen I only started a couple of weeks ago but I am starting to see a trend here. My job is safe as long as I can make it in the morning. But so are the jobs of the people who call in sick. I don't think they even need to bring in a doctor's note...
I know when I started I had asked for Tuesdays off which I thought would be no great deal as anyway I would be available for weekends.
But I was told someone bumped me out. We will see what the summer brings but flexibility is a big issue for me. They better not screw me around on Bartending course Monday nights in a couple of weeks.
Probably no fear of that though as no one likes to get up in the morning. But days off set in stone I don't think so.
I am proving an asset to the restaurant but this morning I had to speak up.
The supervisor until the host came in wanted me to handle the takeouts that people pay for at the host stand while running to catch their flight. I said no way. How the heck can you be expected to watch a full station , sit people , and stand at the front and take people's money who are in line ready to pay.
To be honest I think this supervisor is just plain lazy. He was in the office when he should have been opening up the doors this morning on time and taking the host stand.
I wonder what good a union is if you have a supervisor telling you to do something that you couldn't possibly do while serving people in the restaurant.
Methinks this union is good for nothing! Only benefits the ones who don't give a hoot.
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