The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

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The Bad News: My Layoff Bleg Goal $2500 by August 10 ($1410 down $1090 to go)

Update: $1410 of $2500 raised so far (81417)

A few weeks ago I and the rest of the peo­ple on 3rd shift at the ware­house where I’ve worked since 2015 were informed that said 3rd shift was to be elim­i­nated. On Fri­day with 30 min­utes left to our final shift our small Band of Broth­ers (after a delight­ful pot luck lunchtime feast which frankly we should have been doing once a month) dis­cov­ered our fates. The reg­u­lar employ­ees who had not already found other work else­where were all retained. The temps includ­ing me, were all laid off.

There are a lot of adjec­tives that might be employed to describe my sit­u­a­tion but “unfair” is not one of them.

In a busi­ness where loca­tion or spe­cial skills are not vital, the cost of labor is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of deci­sion mak­ing. Thus when the deci­sion mak­ers in the state of Mass­a­chu­setts choose to adjust our min­i­mum wage upwards by over 11% 40 days after my hire, fol­lowed by a sec­ond 10% increase to $11 an hour a year later, it meant our labor (not count­ing over­head per employee) was 50% more expen­sive than the same labor pro­vided by a com­peti­tor in say, Penn­syl­va­nia ($7.25 hr) a fact not unno­ticed by poten­tial clients. The end result a sim­ple math­e­mat­i­cal truth: No mat­ter what the legal min­i­mum wage in a state is, the actual min­i­mum wage remains steady at $0.

Nor was my sta­tus as a Temp after nearly 2 years unfair either. As you might noted, this year, despite my full time job I have been able to cover events and loca­tion from the Catholic Mar­ket­ing Net­work in Chicago to the Mis­souri Star Quilt Com­pany in Hamil­ton Mis­souri to CPAC 2017 in Mary­land. My employer gen­er­ously allowed me time off to cover these events. The trade off was when it came to select temps for full employ­ment and all the ben­e­fits thereof my stock was con­sid­er­ably lower than a per­son unlikely to head off to Den­ver to cover a sym­po­sium on school choice or Wash­ing­ton to cover a 3 day event on immi­gra­tion. Hav­ing had to make employ­ment deci­sions as a small retailer for seven years I com­pletely under­stood that decision.

In short this job despite its draw­back in terms of sleep, sta­tus or use of my degree, my job worked out well for me. It cov­ered my fam­ily expenses that the blog had failed to do while allow­ing me ample time and oppor­tu­nity to con­tinue work­ing toward my goal of grow­ing this site until it could pro­vide me with reli­able full time income.

Alas despite com­ple­ments from the cur­rent pres­i­dent on my report­ing, a new book on the Hail Mary that briefly passed the Pope’s lat­est in Kin­dle rank under Canon Law and an extra­or­di­nary set of writ­ers who have this year reported on sto­ries in per­son from New Orleans Louisiana to China I’m afraid this site hasn’t reached the point where I can do this full time with­out other work.

And so I come to you Fedora in hand today with a spe­cial bleg and a spe­cific goal.

If I can raise $2500 by August 10th I will have time to fin­ish a pair of spe­cial projects that are immi­nent (oddly enough the tim­ing of my lay­off is quite con­ve­nient in that respect) with­out hav­ing to worry about the bills being paid for the next 30 days.

This will also give me a full 30 days seek employ­ment that would fill my finan­cial needs.

So if you are able and or so inclined I would con­sider it a great favor if you would con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar below:




Please con­sider sub­scrib­ing, Not only does that get you my weekly pod­cast emailed to you before it appears either on the site or at the 405media which gra­ciously car­ries it on a weekly basic but if you sub­scribe at any level I will send you an auto­graphed copy of my new book from Imholt press: Hail Mary the Per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer


Choose a Sub­scrip­tion level



And of course If we man­age 100 new sub­scribers at $25 a month then I can devote myself full time to the blog, the new radio show (more on that tomor­row) and a pair of book projects that I’d like to move for­ward on.

No mat­ter what you are will­ing or able to kick in I real­ize that I have no claim to your hard earned cash other than your desire to pro­vide it so no mat­ter what you choose to give it will be grate­fully appre­ci­ated. And if cir­cum­stances pre­vent you this, we will as always be most appre­cia­tive of your prayers and your pass­ing on this bleg to a like minded friend who might enjoy the site.

Update: $1410 of $2500 raised so far (8-14-17)

A few weeks ago I and the rest of the people on 3rd shift at the warehouse where I’ve worked since 2015 were informed that said 3rd shift was to be eliminated. On Friday with 30 minutes left to our final shift our small Band of Brothers (after a delightful pot luck lunchtime feast which frankly we should have been doing once a month) discovered our fates. The regular employees who had not already found other work elsewhere were all retained. The temps including me, were all laid off.

There are a lot of adjectives that might be employed to describe my situation but “unfair” is not one of them.

In a business where location or special skills are not vital, the cost of labor is a critical component of decision making. Thus when the decision makers in the state of Massachusetts choose to adjust our minimum wage upwards by over 11% 40 days after my hire, followed by a second 10% increase to $11 an hour a year later, it meant our labor (not counting overhead per employee) was 50% more expensive than the same labor provided by a competitor in say, Pennsylvania ($7.25 hr) a fact not unnoticed by potential clients. The end result a simple mathematical truth: No matter what the legal minimum wage in a state is, the actual minimum wage remains steady at $0.

Nor was my status as a Temp after nearly 2 years unfair either. As you might noted, this year, despite my full time job I have been able to cover events and location from the Catholic Marketing Network in Chicago to the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton Missouri to CPAC 2017 in Maryland. My employer generously allowed me time off to cover these events. The trade off was when it came to select temps for full employment and all the benefits thereof my stock was considerably lower than a person unlikely to head off to Denver to cover a symposium on school choice or Washington to cover a 3 day event on immigration. Having had to make employment decisions as a small retailer for seven years I completely understood that decision.

In short this job despite its drawback in terms of sleep, status or use of my degree, my job worked out well for me. It covered my family expenses that the blog had failed to do while allowing me ample time and opportunity to continue working toward my goal of growing this site until it could provide me with reliable full time income.

Alas despite complements from the current president on my reporting, a new book on the Hail Mary that briefly passed the Pope’s latest in Kindle rank under Canon Law and an extraordinary set of writers who have this year reported on stories in person from New Orleans Louisiana to China I’m afraid this site hasn’t reached the point where I can do this full time without other work.

And so I come to you Fedora in hand today with a special bleg and a specific goal.

If I can raise $2500 by August 10th I will have time to finish a pair of special projects that are imminent (oddly enough the timing of my layoff is quite convenient in that respect) without having to worry about the bills being paid for the next 30 days.

This will also give me a full 30 days seek employment that would fill my financial needs.

So if you are able and or so inclined I would consider it a great favor if you would consider hitting DaTipJar below:




Please consider subscribing, Not only does that get you my weekly podcast emailed to you before it appears either on the site or at the 405media which graciously carries it on a weekly basic but if you subscribe at any level I will send you an autographed copy of my new book from Imholt press: Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer


Choose a Subscription level



And of course If we manage 100 new subscribers at $25 a month then I can devote myself full time to the blog, the new radio show (more on that tomorrow) and a pair of book projects that I’d like to move forward on.

No matter what you are willing or able to kick in I realize that I have no claim to your hard earned cash other than your desire to provide it so no matter what you choose to give it will be gratefully appreciated. And if circumstances prevent you this, we will as always be most appreciative of your prayers and your passing on this bleg to a like minded friend who might enjoy the site.