I’ve been working at a steel mill in a small neighborhood. I am very lucky to have my position here. The mill I work for has been in operation for over a hundred years, but recently they have fallen on difficult times unfortunately. Bigger mills are very easily able to undercut their bids on various projects & a few times we’ve even come close to being bought out by a larger corporation. I’m not sure if that would be a positive thing or not for us workers, but it is exactly the unknown that is so startling. We’ve definitely noticed and felt the particular reductions because of the financial squeeze. Our wages were cut this year & there hasn’t been any overtime available in months. Lately I’ve been noticing that it is severely hot when I go into the office building to go over some technical point with one of the higher ups. The offices are situated on the 8th floor of the building. As you are aware, heat rises, so when the temperature is not below freezing out they have to run the A/C to keep it at a comfortable temperature. They weren’t doing this that day. That is when I truly started to worry. If they didn’t have the money to run the A/C at all… how was this company going to stay open? I scanned all around to maybe see a Heating & Air Conditioning repair person making repairs but I saw nothing. I inquired as to why it was so tepid to one of the secretaries & she just made the money sign with her hands. The end is near.
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