Here is his post:
So after 42 years of loyal service at the Charlotte Observer, my job was "eliminated" on May 29, 2009.
The "HR generalist" said my promised severance check would be mailed June 23. Monday, June 29, it had not arrived.
I called. HR generalist was nowhere to be found, "in another state". New HR VP doesn't know anything about it. Payroll doesn't know anything about it. Nobody knows anything about it.
June 30 (Tues) HR generalist calls. She has had family issues out of town. 'Nobody does these things when she's not there.' (Sound familiar?) She will process it right away. Said she would Fedex it overnight.
So, no check July 1 (Wed). I called my former supervisor at 6 PM and told him to get it straightened out. He said he would check first thing in the morning (Thursday) because HR generalist was already gone for the day.
OK, so I heard he got in about 10:00 Thurs. At noon he called me and said it was on the way, yadda, yadda, yadda.
12:15 the mailman comes with a certified letter which had to be signed for.
Great! I thought. When I opened it up, no check. Just another copy of the same paperwork I signed and already have a copy of!
So I call supervisor again. He will look into it. In a little while he calls back. They sent the paperwork certified mail. (DUH!)
They sent the check FedEx overnight, but it got down to the mailroom too late and it didn't go out Tuesday, it went out Wednesday. It will be here by 3:00 today. I told him if it wasn't here by 3 I was calling Ann Caulkins (publisher).
About 3:15 it arrived on FedEx- no signature required! I went straight to the bank.
Hope it clears.
July 13 I still haven't received the promised letter stating that my job was eliminated, so that I could tell prospective employers I wasn't fired for no reason. I call HR generalist back, and she promises to mail it right away. Wonder when that will arrive?
What a fine company I have been fired from!