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The Rayen Building looks like it's starting to fall down. I hope they demolish it soon. With all the improvements in that area, to use a hackneyed expression, it sticks out like a sore thumb!
May 9, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
When I was a freshman in college, I worked at Kroger in Boardman (where Giant Eagle is now located on 224). They worked me for 19 weeks and then laid me off so they wouldn't have to pay unemployment, which they didn't have to anyway - because I was a student, at the time I couldn't even get part-time unemployment.
At any rate, after being laid off for weeks and weeks, they called me back for ONE DAY. They told me as part of the union contract I had to come back or get fired. So, I went to work, even though I wasn't supposed to because I had fallen off a step-stool at home while I was helping my mother wash walls to get ready for Christmas and had a very sore, almost slipped disk about halfway down my back.
When I went to work, I asked to get put on the Express checkout because I wasn't supposed to lift anything. They usually gave Express to women who were older who had worked there for years and they weren't "supposed" to let me have Express. However, they did it to be "nice". Now, after working with an extremely sore back for six hours, which meant I got ONE fifteen-minute break to sit down, I went home. Imagine my surprise when I got paid and ended up with $8.00 because the union took out two-months' worth of dues. I quit that job and ended up working as a part-time secretary with much better hours and an employer who was very understanding of my college schedule. Funny, I made as much as the people at Kroger who were students. I worked at my new job until I finished school and I still keep in touch with the people I worked for.
They couldn't do anything to keep me working, but the UFCW could certainly take my entire paycheck for its dues.
I will NEVER support the UFCW in anything they do because of that incident. It was close to 30 years ago, and I am still angry about it.
August 24, 2009 at 9:12 a.m.