Due to the nature of the Internet, this is going to be a rather vague post.
Basically, last Tuesday, the CEO of the non-profit where I work made an announcement. She did this at 4 p.m. after 11 people were laid off (on Tuesday alone). So the rest of us sat in the auditorium and quietly freaked out about what she was going to say.
Everyone was being given a 10% pay cut, one unpaid day every two weeks, we took a cut in our retirement benefits (plus the new percentage was based on our "new" rate of pay), they are re-evaluating our health benefits (and we'll likely have to pay more), and all raises/promotions/cost of living increases have been suspended for (at the very least) one year.
Um, it was already eating up a chunk of my paycheck to pay for childcare, and putting Baby Larva in childcare would have effectively eaten up quite a bit more. Now - when combined with gas and work lunches - I would almost be PAYING to go to work, as the total deduction comes to almost 20%.
Needless to say, Hubby and I sat down and crunched numbers for a few hours on Tuesday evening and I turned in my two week notice on Wednesday. There are a lot of angry people at my work, and I have become an easy scapegoat - because I was the one lucky enough to get free. No one has spoken to me since Wednesday (and I took Friday/Saturday off). We ALL envy Edelweiss for getting out before the storm hit.
I have three more events before I'm done.
Here I am at my Wednesday night event - drinking my ginger ale and praying the night goes by quickly.
I can't say I'm overly upset about having to quit. It was the right financial move for my family. But, regardless of the people, I enjoyed my job very much and I'm sad that this wasn't as much my choice as a necessity for out budget.
At least I know the Caterpillars are going to be MUCH happier!
~Lone Butterfly )i(