The Libel-Free Version

Rock Boss no longer works for the company. Realistically, this means a number of his minions, me included, may not be working for the Co-Op for much longer. I can’t speak for the other jockeys, but I will clamber through sleet and snow, get my hands covered in wheelwell grease, and get up when it’s still dark out if I am loyal to the person giving my marching orders. When I resent and distrust the giver of orders? Not so much. (Sorry if this is sensitive to my underemployed readers.)

I called Rock Boss with a routine report on Monday morning, and he informed me that he was tendering his resignation, effective immediately.

“But you’re the best boss in the world!” I cried. Which, as far as I know, is true. Rock Boss personifies the Co-Op spirit. He was flexible about my schedule, appreciative of the work his minions do, and consistently has lobbied for better pay/benefits/etc for us. He has never minded when I say, “I’ll take care of that after I teach. Can you extend the booking?” And if, for some reason, he can’t, I bust my ass to make it happen. Loyalty pays.

He built great relationships with people we need – mechanics, glass guys, the body shop. Because of his easy attitude, he saved the Co-Op money in labour time and parts. Those relationships are now either quite strained, or in tatters, and it is not his fault in the least.

I feel the whole situation could have been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction with a few, small steps, much before it came to this. But it didn’t. And despite Rock Boss’s willingness to cooperate, in the end, it just wasn’t enough.

On the other hand, it’s 10:45 on the night before I’m supposed to wake early to do the cars, and I have not yet received the email telling me what cars to get. Perhaps my contract position has already been reassigned.

Update: 7:15AM Friday: No email from new boss or the company. Nothing.

3 Comments to “The Libel-Free Version”

  1. By Arwen, December 17, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    Awww, that sucks. I’m sorry to hear it.

  2. By Liz, December 17, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    I have not sworn so much, ever, as I have this week. Oh, and I chased the new boss down at 9:30AM and he said we were taking a hiatus til next week. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. By clara, December 21, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    I hate it when the good guys leave. Grrr. Making frowny faces for you.

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