Joining the Breadline

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 by Alex R. Cronk-Young

The Grand Rapids Press is in the process of restructuring the routes in Ionia. I thought for sure that I would come out of this unscathed as I do all the stores in town and they wouldn't cut those out, but I was told a little while ago that that may not be the case. They are cutting out the foot routes in the town and combing them all into a motor route, meaning I won't be delivering those. Then they are thinking about getting rid of the newspaper boxes as they feel they don't sell well enough, meaning I won't do those and I'll lose all that part of my income. So that leaves me with the stores, which they are thinking about cutting out the stores that don't sell a ton. So I have what left? Which means they are probably going to just stick those stores into the motor routes, and who knows if I'll be able to get one of those.

Sure Ionia didn't pay me nearly as much as my other route, but the boxes paid for my gas, and the rest was a nice addition to my bank account. So that means I'll not only be missing that extra deposit every week, but I'll also be taking a lot out for gas instead of just using the box change. Taking that hit is going to make paying the bills pretty hard.

I'm going to be very pissed if I don't get one of those routes after they restructure. I've been on the phone with my former manager who is in charge of the restructuring many times now, and after all the times I bailed his ass out I have been very vocal about the fact that I get first pick of these new routes. If he screws me over he'll hear an earful. At that point though, I'm just going to have to hope something else comes along. Needless to say, my job applications have increased quite a bit.

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