Thursday, February 12, 2009
That Was Close
I feel betrayed over President Obama's choice of anti-labor, anti-Census Republican Senator Judd Greg to head the Dept. of Commerce. Gregg once called for the dismantling of the Dept. of Commerce, which includes the Bureau that I work for. My new boss considers my job to be an unnecessary waste of potential tax cuts and he has a history of voting against funding for my Bureau...there's suddenly a knife in my back and a sword over my head.
Hmm. The TV news is making Gregg's decision sound like a bad thing, "another Obama Cabinet meltdown" etc etc, but I think it the best news I've heard since I got my job.
Nevertheless, my already under-funded office is facing some serious turmoil ahead. My computer was taken away and given to Payroll because they don't have enough PCs... that's OK, I have no internet or email and now that my department has been shut down, I don't need to maintain a running database on Excel any longer. Plus, I want Payroll to have all the PCs they need.
I have been reassured by several managers that my job is secure, but I am still anxious as hell. I may have to switch departments, but I have already been approached by two bosses, so it looks like I'll have a bit of leeway- my hard work might be paying off. It's nice to be recognized like that. Most of my clerks are being moved to the not-yet-open Help Desk and it looks like I will be spared that particular task.
My system and my staff have busted our asses to find jobs for hundreds of local residents , with many more to come- it would be ironic if we got laid of as a result of our hard work.
I do feel better after hearing that Gregg quit. I hope it's a good omen.