Wednesday, January 2, 2013


The Christmas holiday season is finished.

The holidays do not last forever.

The reality of getting back into the work/school routine begin anew this morning. Kris and I are back to work, the boys go back to school tomorrow..

Like most people, I am not looking forward to going back to the office, even if it just for a few days.  This Christmas season was a blur. I have that miserable back-to-work feeling.  Time to readjust to the schedules and work. Getting back to those routines can be difficult.

It would be great to come back to work from the holidays bursting with energy, new ideas and goals.

Instead, the shadow of a public service strike and layoffs in the public service will ensure an atmosphere of heightened anxiety.  Then entire civil service is waiting for the "axe to fall" like a condemned prisoner who is waiting for the execution to proceed.

The "correction" or as the Premier puts it, "a return to the core mandate", will come in the form of a  Spring budget.  The need to lay off employees for "economic reasons" isn’t pleasant and can be gut-wrenching for all concerned.

It is not personal, the layoffs are not about an individual's performance or discipline. Government is  like any other downsizing company that no longer needs YOU! Seniority lists will see to it that the last in will be the first out.  Bumping will further exasperate the "correction" process.

In addition to impending pink slips, the Federal Government has brought in big changes to employment insurance. There is some good news, the maximum weekly EI benefit will rise to $501 in 2013 from last year’s $485.

The opportunities offered to "educated people" for retraining are  fairly limited. The new EI changes   redefine what constitutes a “reasonable job search” and “suitable employment".  It is going to be very interesting to learn how these rules are interpreted in this region. 

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are worried about spending weeks on unemployment struggling to support their families and pay their bills while they search for a new job. Many will simply move away.

 Do you feel that your job – or your salary – are secure?

 If you could do it all over again, would you pick the same career path?

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