G-man has been having alot of problems at his part-time job. His manager, and the next up manager have been gunning for him since before Christmas. They are very accusatory about things they can't prove, have been threatening (both verbally, and most recently in a more "physical" sense). Most recently, they "demoted" him, and then when other management is there....they put him back where he was. No, you can't have it both ways.
Our theory is that he has been there for 10+ years, so his hourly rate is higher than the new people hired (about $2/hr) and they might be trying to save money by getting rid of him. They can't fire him, as he has union "backing" and they don't have a fire-able offense they can pin on him.
He called the union representative multiple times and the union more or less said if he pursues "official" channels, they will just continue to take it out on him 3-fold. I am so glad that he has paid roughly $4,000 in union dues for that sage information.
So started talking about him quitting. We still need the income, so another job would have to be in the picture. Of course, his second shift and weekend main job make his availability harder. But we would have to work around this.
Then we revisited an option that we "thought" was off the table...overtime at his main job. Overtime more or less dried up a few years ago. It was there, but it was not being doled out as freely as it once was. But we figured out that (3) overtime shifts at his main job would cover the income he is earning now at the store. 24 hrs of office vs 80 hrs of store.....um, yeah!
He talked to his office boss, and as of right now, he is guaranteed 2 shifts at the office. He will be taking over one responsibility, which is 1 shift per month, and his monthly training (that he would have to take off from the store to attend) will be the other. In the past, these would be "comp" time, but he now will be allowed to work them as overtime (basically he will work a double shift on those days).
That leaves 1 more shift to cover. Office Boss said that when she is looking to fill a shift (usually because the regular person requested time off), she give preference to the night staff, since they lose out in other areas of the office. There are 2 people in particular who take ALOT of time off (I don't think they have more than a few hours banked at any time....where G-man usually is forced to take time off because he gets into a "use or lose" situation). He will have a 1 in 4 shot of getting these shifts when they are offered....and in a typical month...at least 4 or five of these opportunities pop up. That should cover that!
Additionally....if he chooses to cover any more shifts during the month, that is just pure "extra" to be put toward debt, upcoming expenses, or whatever.
So, as of mid-June (possibly late June), G-man is quitting his second job. He started it back in January 2003. The kids were almost 5 months old.....and they will be 12 in August. They have never known Daddy to only have one job.
He will be gaining back roughly 55 hours of time per month, saving 160 miles of wear and tear (and gas) on his car, and most importantly....getting the mental break from the non-sense he has been dealing with at the store.
His main job will remain the same....so an added bonus of him being home during the day (his shift starts at 3pm during the week), will be having him home if a kid gets sick or if an errand needs to be run during business hours. He will be able to have some "me" time, AND be able to take care of home stuff.
We will have to see if the 3 shifts results in any "extra" money in itself. We had to account for differences in taxes (his part time job didn't take out state tax, so we had to adjust in other ways), and a few other things that are taken out of his main job.
We will also have to adjust our home finances a little (which is why his quit date is a few weeks away). We are used to having an "infusion" of money on a weekly basis. With this new system, we won't be able to totally control when he works the extra shifts (some are date based, and the rest are random). That will impact when it will hit his paycheck, so we need to adjust things here.
I mentioned that we had $1000 more that will go to the car but I was holding it. This is why. We need that cushion to get started. For example, 2 of his shifts in June won't actually be paid out until his first July paycheck. Once we get a better feel for the rhythm of things, then we can put the money towards the car. Also up in the air is if his 2 weeks of unused vacation time from the store will be paid out. He is trying to find out without calling attention to himself.
So there is our news! There is a job I am applying for as well, so maybe we will have more news in the coming months!!!