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Sunandseashells  
#1 Posted : Friday, January 04, 2019 3:01:34 PM(UTC)

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I was in one of the Contact Service Rep new hire classes for the Atlanta campus (Chamblee) and everything was still up in the air on our last evening of class before the shutdown (12/21). There was a lot of speculation about what would happen to us since we were not only seasonal workers, but uncertified to do anything. Management couldn’t give us any information and all we were told was that the manager has our numbers and we would be contacted. A few of the conflicting scenarios that were thrown around are

1- As uncertified seasonal workers, we would just be put into a furlough status and ineligible for any back pay if it is granted.

2- We are entitled to back pay for the first week no matter what due to union rules that employees must have a weeks notice before being furloughed. This was what one of the instructors told us after talking with one of the union reps.

3- CSRs can/would be recalled in early January as essential employees but it may or may not include us because we aren’t certified.

4- New Hires cannot be called back as essential because we need to finish training and all training is canceled during a shutdown.

5- We May not be called back at all for this tax season if the shutdown goes on too long-all instructors will be needed on phones as an all hands on deck situation.

6- Training may be cut short and we get thrown to the wolves without finishing.

At the very least, it sounded like we would get a call from our mangers and be told to come in to sign furlough paperwork. Two weeks in now and I have heard nothing. Was anyone from any of the other campuses given any other information?

Any other new hires hear anything different or have had contact with anyone?

Any employees that have been around for awhile have any idea what they will do with us new hires in this situation?

Talking with people from other classes, it seems we were all given different information and no one really had a clue what the truth was.

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#2 Posted : Friday, January 04, 2019 4:29:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Sunandseashells Go to Quoted Post
I was in one of the Contact Service Rep new hire classes for the Atlanta campus (Chamblee) and everything was still up in the air on our last evening of class before the shutdown (12/21). There was a lot of speculation about what would happen to us since we were not only seasonal workers, but uncertified to do anything. Management couldn’t give us any information and all we were told was that the manager has our numbers and we would be contacted. A few of the conflicting scenarios that were thrown around are

1- As uncertified seasonal workers, we would just be put into a furlough status and ineligible for any back pay if it is granted.

2- We are entitled to back pay for the first week no matter what due to union rules that employees must have a weeks notice before being furloughed. This was what one of the instructors told us after talking with one of the union reps.

3- CSRs can/would be recalled in early January as essential employees but it may or may not include us because we aren’t certified.

4- New Hires cannot be called back as essential because we need to finish training and all training is canceled during a shutdown.

5- We May not be called back at all for this tax season if the shutdown goes on too long-all instructors will be needed on phones as an all hands on deck situation.

6- Training may be cut short and we get thrown to the wolves without finishing.

At the very least, it sounded like we would get a call from our mangers and be told to come in to sign furlough paperwork. Two weeks in now and I have heard nothing. Was anyone from any of the other campuses given any other information?

Any other new hires hear anything different or have had contact with anyone?

Any employees that have been around for awhile have any idea what they will do with us new hires in this situation?

Talking with people from other classes, it seems we were all given different information and no one really had a clue what the truth was.



This is a bit unique. Call your manager of record if you have a non-office number for them. Until there are appropriations you’re stuck in limbo.


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