Mike, it sounds like your company is having difficulty staying afloat, what with the pay rate reductions, multiple layoffs, etc. If that'* the case, while still pursuing your job there, seriously consider trying to find gainfull employ elsewhere.
While it certainly doesn't look like it right now, this could be the springboard to a better job someplace else.
Yea, this is the same boss couple months ago that went to Vegas for a couple weeks and came back with nothing. Some reason, everything in the company started going down hill. He'* a real poker afficiondo(sp). Holds poker night in his office every Sunday night. $1000 minimum to get in.
I thought it was illegal for them to lay you off while your out on disability? maybe I misunderstood; had you returned to work?
even so; with a union its usually layoff by seniority and the replacement worker for while you were out should have been hired as a temp... I think you'll get your job back but expect your boss to really ride from now on. :(
Welp, at least you've got a shot in terms of the union helping you out.
My dad'* fighting tooth and nail against his current union right now. The union committee, whose members have less plant-wide seniority than he has, decided to interpret the somewhat unclear collective bargaining agreement in their (personal) favour. Which effectively splits my dad'* seniority into 11 and 12 years in two seperate departments instead of 23 plant-wide, with only the 11 years counting. This makes the (significant) difference between layoff and comfortably keeping your job.