This is from a reader:
“Last week, to celebrate reaching the lofty goal of a 14 million customer subscriber base, the management of the Echostar call center in Christiansburg, Va. treated their employees to an in-house cookout prepared and served by the floor supervisors. Wednesday and Thursday of this week, in preparation for the holidays, they treated 50 employees to impromptu and clandestine ‘separation,’ with further ‘separations”‘tentatively planned for next week.
“It turns out that even after attaining a record number of customers, DISH Network profits are down and expenses must be reduced. And the expenses they have chosen to cut are the jobs of many longtime employees. Apparently their loyalty is best repaid by replacing them with new employees who make less. Adding humiliation to the shock of losing a long-held job during the Christmas holidays, these employees are called away, told they are fired and immediately escorted off the premises–not allowed even to collect their personal effects.
“With the good planning of an American corporation in a “right to work” state these employees are suddenly fired for cause, every one of them, so none can even collect unemployment. And the timing is just perfect. Now the company can avoid paying out those pesky holiday bonuses and profit sharing.
“Who says there’s no Christmas spirit left in America?”