Monday, September 20, 2010

Premium or Unleaded?

Oh boy. This ones a doozy.

Rob quit his job.

He has been working at Loewen Auto for about a year. His boss is not great. He knew that at the end of this month he'd be out of a job, because Loewen Auto is sold.

He was offered a job at Janzens Pontiac, but turned it down. (more on that later)

Well, last Monday morning, his boss tells him that Friday is now the last day. (4 days later) He had upped the sale date.

Throughout the last few months, Abe has been very dishonest about alot of things. He tells one employee one thing, and others different things. Then if they confront him he denies one or the other. Rob was promised a raise 2 months ago. He never got it.

Rob was worried that Abe would end up selling his tools with the business, or saying that some were his. Thats just the kind of guy he has turned out to be. So Monday night, Rob got a bunch of buddies together, and they removed absolutely everything of Robs from the shop from his tool box, to tires, to a filing cabinet. He told his boss he was done.

So now where is he at? Fas Gas. Yup, my husband is now a gas jockey. Don't get me wrong, someone has to do it. But it shouldn't be a 34 year old married guy with 2 kids and a new house to pay for right? I mean really, his wage has been almost cut in half. Yikes.

Why doesn't he find a different job? Here's the thing. The guy who owns fas gas is building a new mechanics shop. Hopefully, in 3 months it'll be running. Rob is going to work at that shop, when it's ready, where he'll also be able to continue his car sales.
Therefore, he didn't really think it was fair to take the job at Janzen's, when he knew he'd be done there in a few months.

Matt (fas gas) is also letting Rob park 2 of his cars on the lot for free. He currently has 8. (I'm driving one, he drives one, 2 at fas gas and 4 parked on our yard) He is still operating his business, TAC Auto.

All in all, this worries me a little bit. I mean, our mortgage just went up and his wage just went down...way down. Not to mention that in 1 more month my mat leave is done. Oh boy. Lots of praying is happening, let me tell ya.


Melanie said...

Oh wow, that's a lot of stress for your marriage and life in general. I pray that you will all find peace and faith in knowing God will be faithful to you.

Kristin said...

Boy, do I know how you feel! Who cares where Rob works, as long as the desire to work is there, that's all that matters at this point. We did it for a year waiting for a job. It can be done! Make sure you communicate LOTS! The good news is, him losing his job wasn't his fault, (same as Mike) so that argument is off the table! I'll be praying for you guys!

Kalle said...

Our family is just bouncing back from a similar situation. Brendan took a great job in the summer which promised lots of hours and a great wage...well, the hours never came and we've been surviving on half of his income as well. Now, he is getting more hours and overtime - so we are getting back on track.

Lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family. I always find financial and employment stability the most challenging things to face as a couple.

It sounds like a good three month plan if he gets to keep his company and work on cars again. To supplement our income I sell jewellery (tons of fun) and Brendan works as a bartender (which he loves too) most weekends.

Good luck to you both.

Eva said...

I would be completely stressed out if my husband quit his job. I will be praying for you guys and God will provide!

Carmelle said...

Jamy, this does sound like quite a trying time in your life. It also seems that there are some good points to it - especially if Rob can sell is vehicles on the lot and has the hope of being able to have another job in a few months. I am just really glad to hear that he is working!
I hope things continue to come along well with the new house being almost ready...