I work in the steel mill in a small town and I am absolutely lucky to have that position. The mill I work for has been in operation for about a hundred years, but recently they have fallen on hard times… Bigger mills are very simply able to undercut their bids on jobs and a few times we’ve come close to being purchased out by larger companies. I really don’t know if that would be good or not for us workers, but it is exactly the unknown that is so frightening, however we’ve really noticed particular reductions because of the financial squeeze. Our pay raises were nonexistent this year and there hasn’t been any overtime available in weeks unfortunately. Lately I’ve been noticing that it is extremely hot when I go into the office to go over some technical point with one of our higher ups. The offices are located on the tenth floor of the building. The heat only rises, so during anytime of the year that it is not below freezing, they have to run the air conditioning up there to keep it reasonable. They weren’t doing this that day, and that is when I started to worry. If they didn’t have the cash to run the air conditioning then how were we going to be able to stay open? I scanned all around for a Heating, Ventilation, and A/C repair lady making repairs but unfortunately I saw nothing. I asked one of the secretaries why it was so hot and she just made the familiar cash sign with her hands. The end might just be nye.
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