RE: [Histonet] National Histology Walkout
I love my job. I love my job. I love my job. I'm paid what I consider a
fair wage - after all, I agreed to the salary before I took this job -
didn't we all?
I agreed to the benefits, I agreed to the terms. No one made me take this
job, and no one makes me stay here. I'm good at what I do, and my bosses
appreciate, respect, and reward that.
I've been in this business since 1970 - ASCP since 1971 - quit paying my
ASCP dues around 1980, I guess. I lost my certificate with all the little
stickers - the ASCP told me I would have to re-pay for all the lost
stickers. So - no more stickers. I've had 3 really great jobs in 35
years, and about 15 that just plain sucked - but I've never had to stay
somewhere I didn't like. I followed my Navy husband around the country
for 20 of those years, so I was never able to work anywhere more than 3
years at a time - but I never EVER had trouble finding a good histology
job where I was treated fairly. I DID turn down many jobs that just
didn't pay well, or had horrible working conditions. I once turned down a
good paying job at a world famous zoo because I was disgusted with the
appearance of the working conditions behind the scenes. I wasn't working
for the love of histology - I was a Navy wife trying to supplement my
husbands crummy income to raise 4 kids. When he was deployed, and I was
left alone with those 4 kids, the hospital I was working at ( a good plug
for Sharp Memorial in San Diego) allowed me to adjust my schedule to
accommodate what I needed to do to handle my kids.
I've also learned that not every organization is willing to listen to an
unhappy employee. If your boss is keeping his boss happy, they really
don't care if he's "mean" to you. I remember going to HR at one place
because my boss showed up for work apparently drunk - HR asked me "What do
you want us to do about it?" I worked in another place where the
pathologist insisted she knew secrets about Elvis' death. Worked another
place where one of the pathologists was arrested for selling gold from
full mouth dental extractions. I've got a million of them. I also worked
at a hospital (1970's) where all the lab workers went out on strike (I was
a scab - I was sent there to fill in from another hospital where I was
employed - I didn't know the meaning of the word scab then). The hospital
fired ever single person who went on strike.
Sometimes the light just has to come on before you realize there aren't
many Nirvana's out there.
I still have to work - I've still got 3 kids to finish college - I know
that if I lost this job tomorrow, I'd have to get another one -but I was
looking for a job when I found this one.
What do you want from the ASCP? They haven't done anything for me in 25
years - anything I've learned I've done on my own - and I've done well (I
Sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org
04/01/2005 02:08 PM
To: WWmn916@aol.com, Janet.Bonner@FLHOSP.ORG,
Subject: RE: [Histonet] National Histology Walkout
I belong to a union. If they were to strike then I would be expected to
walk out. BUT!!! As bad as it sounds...I would cross the picket line,
because the patients that I serve have dermatological cancer and that's
way more important than $$$...I am paid good already. I just wish they
gave us more vacation though as always...
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