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Old 11-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #31
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I'm sorry but I would quit and go on my vacation. I could not work for a company that treated me that way. What does your husband do? It is something he could do somewhere else? Maybe somewhere that treats their employees better?
I definitely would not do that In this day and age, a lot of people swallow their feelings/pride and do whatever it takes to keep a pay check coming in, especially with a family to support and bills coming in.

There is always someone waiting to take your place that will be willing for almost *anything* to get a paycheck.

Used to, this may have been an option, *now* hardly ever an option
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:34 PM   #32
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So, it's a blessing to work for a company that takes advantage of their workers? A company that cancels all vacations for the rest of the year? Should the OP's DH go and give the owner a big wet kiss for being treated so poorly just because he signs the paychecks? The boss is clearly exploiting the workers and threatening them with losing their job if they complain. Shut up and sit down. If being shafted is a "blessing", please spare me any of those kinds of blessings!

OP, I hope that things work out for your family {{hugs}}.
In this economy? Yes, I know a lot of families that are just so thankful to have a paycheck and feel blessed to have a job. I know some also that would love to have one - most never even think of the *luxury* of a vacation - just want to keep their house, and feed their kids.

If you can be choosey about your work conditions, that is great, but most people now just can't.

A lot of them are working longer hours, and yes, if they complain they may be on the next list to be let go - sadly, this is the age we are in right now.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #33
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If this was scheduled with his work, I really don't see how they can take that way. He needs to talk to a HR manager.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:09 PM   #34
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OP here with an update and some responses...

Out trip for Thanksgivng Day is a no go... DH called him one last time this evening and the answer remained the same. Of course, his boss was interupted by the phone call as he was deeply engrossed discussing the airplane he just purchased for personal use versus the helicopter he bought last year (no lie, you can't make that stuff up) so, to be fair, maybe the boss wasn't in the best mood.

The economy, frankly, sucks! Although DH is by no means making a killing where he is, we are doing okay and really can't afford to jepardize that right now. Who can???

DH works for a small/shmedium company... no HR personnell to complain to and the boss owns the company as a sole proprietor... if he has crappy business practices, I can only hope that those left working for him won't be blindsided by his short comings (won't be DH, cause he's out of there ASAP and not just because of this issue)

Yeah, the boss is definitely a very selfish.... (I don't think I can say it on the Dis)

As awful as this is... there are some bright points...

My kids are more understanding and mature than I gave them credit for. They were heart broken. But, each of them has gone to their Dad, hugged him, told him that they understood and loved him for all that he does for them. WOW, it brought tears to my eyes.

Contrary to DH Boss's perspective, we realized that family comes first. It's not a family vaction (for us, not judging here) without DH.

Lastly, we told the kids that would be going sometime between Christmas and the end of the school year... beyond that, they asked to be surprised!!!! I love those kids!

Givie me a couple of days to mourn the loss of Christmas in Disney and I will hopefully, start to feel some excitement over our Frebruary trip.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #35
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Your children sound very sweet! Good for them! It really does suck, I would take plenty of time to mourn too At least you know you will be back at Disney soon enough!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #36
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You still haven't said how much money you're losing, if any.

I don't think any of us would want to leave a family member at home, only suggesting that it might make sense to just take the kids if you're out the money anyway.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:57 AM   #37
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Mousketeer_mom, I admire your optimism.
Here's hoping some positive karma is on it's way for you and your family. :-)
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:07 AM   #38
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OP here with an update and some responses...

Out trip for Thanksgivng Day is a no go... DH called him one last time this evening and the answer remained the same. Of course, his boss was interupted by the phone call as he was deeply engrossed discussing the airplane he just purchased for personal use versus the helicopter he bought last year (no lie, you can't make that stuff up) so, to be fair, maybe the boss wasn't in the best mood.

The economy, frankly, sucks! Although DH is by no means making a killing where he is, we are doing okay and really can't afford to jepardize that right now. Who can???

DH works for a small/shmedium company... no HR personnell to complain to and the boss owns the company as a sole proprietor... if he has crappy business practices, I can only hope that those left working for him won't be blindsided by his short comings (won't be DH, cause he's out of there ASAP and not just because of this issue)

Yeah, the boss is definitely a very selfish.... (I don't think I can say it on the Dis)

As awful as this is... there are some bright points...

My kids are more understanding and mature than I gave them credit for. They were heart broken. But, each of them has gone to their Dad, hugged him, told him that they understood and loved him for all that he does for them. WOW, it brought tears to my eyes.

Contrary to DH Boss's perspective, we realized that family comes first. It's not a family vaction (for us, not judging here) without DH.

Lastly, we told the kids that would be going sometime between Christmas and the end of the school year... beyond that, they asked to be surprised!!!! I love those kids!

Givie me a couple of days to mourn the loss of Christmas in Disney and I will hopefully, start to feel some excitement over our Frebruary trip.
You are blessed to have such great kids. I hope that your rescheduled trip is even more magical than the one that you will be missing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:14 AM   #39
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You still haven't said how much money you're losing, if any.

I don't think any of us would want to leave a family member at home, only suggesting that it might make sense to just take the kids if you're out the money anyway.
Thanks for asking... We wont lose any money through Disney as we are just rescheduling the whole trip. We had reservations to stay in Orlando the night before check-in and I haven't checked on moving that reservation yet, but I will. All my ADR will be cancelled in plenty of time.

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Mousketeer_mom, I admire your optimism.
Here's hoping some positive karma is on it's way for you and your family. :-)
Thank you! I know it probably makes me a bad person but I'm a lttle bitter at the moment so don't mind me if I'm trying to send some negative Karma to .... Well, nevermind...
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:07 AM   #40
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You have every right to be bitter and to mourn your trip (can't believe he was talking about his personal private airplane when he was in the middle of crushing one of his employees dreams!!! All I can say is Karma really is a (you know what) and I have seen it come back around on people and some day soon it will catch up with him!!

I am so glad that your kids were so understanding, and that is so awesome that they gave your DH hugs and told him they loved and appreciated him!

I am so glad that you are all going to be able to go as a family and that you didn't lose out on any money. I am sorry that it is not the trip that you were planning for though!!

Hugs to you!!!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:36 AM   #41
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OP here with an update and some responses...

DH works for a small/shmedium company... no HR personnell to complain to and the boss owns the company as a sole proprietor... if he has crappy business practices, I can only hope that those left working for him won't be blindsided by his short comings (won't be DH, cause he's out of there ASAP and not just because of this issue)
I would certainly be calling my state's labor board and asking them if the company can legally cancel your husbands vacation like this. I really don't know if it is illegal for them to do so, but it might be.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #42
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Terribly unprofessional I know, but I would have taken my kids up there and had them ask his boss "You won't let my daddy take us to see Mickey?"

OK, I probably would not have done that, and from the sounds of it, the Scrooge would not have been affected by it anyway. Here's hoping someone gets visited by a few ghosts on Christmas Even and he mends his selfish greedy ways!
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #43
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I would certainly be calling my state's labor board and asking them if the company can legally cancel your husbands vacation like this. I really don't know if it is illegal for them to do so, but it might be.
Companies can do pretty much what they want to these days. There have been some very large companies that have even been allowed to take away their employee's retirements! That's a much bigger deal after someone has worked so long with that promise, and then have it taken away when you need it. The company my dh retired from has decreased some of our benefits, though not the funds itself.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #44
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Ugh! Iím so sorry. I am glad for you in how your children handled the disappointment. That had to be heartwarming.

Not much I can say for that boss of his. If he needs that plane, he should hire it out when he isnít using it for extra money so he wonít feel he has to treat his employees like crap. That, ďif you wonít, someone else willĒ line is really below the belt, but unfortunately it works in a lot of places. That isnít how you build up, thatís how you tear down, treating people like robots that can be switched in and out. And that isnít even true. Bringing in someone new would likely put them further behind than letting this man (or others in similar situations) take their vacations. Shameful.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:43 AM   #45
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OP, I hope you have an even better trip later! You & your husband raised some fantastic kids. Maybe you could go during Flower & Garden......I find Epcot in full bloom to be a great vacation. Usually, even in February, some of the topiaries are up. Last year we got to see Phineas & Ferb & Cars! Pixie dust your way!
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