I have been working in a steel mill in a small city and I am actually very lucky to have my position. The mill in this town for has been in operation for almost a hundred years. Recently, however, they have fallen on hard times. Bigger mills are fairly simply able to undercut their bids on tasks. On top of this, we’ve come close to being bought out by a larger supplier several times. I don’t truly know if that would be enjoyable or not for us workers, however it is exactly the unknown part that is so scary. We’ve actually noticed certain reductions because of the financial squeeze. Our pay raises were even cut this year and there hasn’t been any overtime available in several months. Also lately I’ve been noticing that it is extremely hot when I go into the offices to go over some technical points with any of the higher ups. The offices are located on the ninth floor of the building and as you know, heat rises, so anytime that it is not below freezing out, they have to run the a/c to keep it manageable. They weren’t doing this that day however, and that is when I officially started to worry. If they didn’t have the currency to run the a/c then how were we even going to stay open? I scanned all around the building for any indicators of a Heating and A/C repair being done but I saw nothing. I asked one of the secretaries why it was so hot and she just made the sign for money with her hands. The end is very nye.
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