This last Sunday, May 17, at 3 pm, Corporate locked the doors at the restaurant Spawn and I worked at, closing the store. No official advance warning, just a notice of a mandatory meeting about 'food safety issues'. Oh, okay - for those who Googled the company, there was this announcement last month that they would be closing a bunch of restaurants.
So Spawn is out of his only job, and I'm out of my #2 job. He will qualify for unemployment. I won't. We will be able to see the severance package this weekend. Word is that we'll be offered two weeks pay (I worked there 19 months, he worked there 3 1/2 years), but what we'll have to sign away to get that isn't clear. We MAY be offered jobs at other restaurants in the chain, but that's not guaranteed - nor if the Spawn gets hired is it at ALL guaranteed that he'll get his current pay. He's gotten a LOT of raises while he was there, because he's that good.
Now, an $850 hit in our monthly budget is, of course, PAINFUL (that's what I was paid plus what the Spawn pays in rent). But we're applying for new jobs, and y'all KNOW that I can do the Cheap Bitch thing really well. Yes, veggies are going into the space I had meant to put a flower bed in. Yes, I spend this morning washing out 'lightly used' zip-lock bags for re-use. Yes, I have bones and skin from chickens past browning in the oven now, for chicken stock later today.
You and I know the drill. We've been around this block before.
It's a real shame, tho', for many of our coworkers, who relied on this as their only job. They really need good thoughts from all y'all for getting new jobs.