I immediately told my boss that I have airline reservations for all my vacations that had been previously approved along with hotel and car accommodations. He in turn told me that I "would be allowed" to take my vacation next week BUT all my other vacations ( I have 3 weeks) have been cancelled until further notice. And my trip to Florida? I am not even using any vacation time as I have been working extra hours, I've been called to come in on my days off and like a good employee have gone in!
Now, I don't know about all of you BUT I am a planner. In fact I make definite plans, then make arrangements as in airline tickets, hotel accommodations and car rentals. I pay for the airline tickets at the time I make my reservations and they are non-refundable tickets. If I do change them, there is a $150.00 charge attached, not something I want to incur when I have another 3 trips arranged for this year.
You might be thinking at this point that ... WOW, that's a lot of trips! In reality, I am only supposed to be working between 24 and 32 hours for medical reasons after my stroke last year. That means, that if I have a full 8 hour day, I should only be working either a 3 or 4 day work week, enough to keep my necessary health insurance along with the monetary earnings. So really along with my 3 weeks of accrued paid vacation, I have "extra" days during the week.
My trips are a week long or less, quilt retreats in fact. I went last September to one and promised myself that I needed to do this type of activity more often as it was so rejuvenating and good for the soul. I came back so refreshed and invigorated! A trip just for me ... I finally reached a point in my life that I can do this!
Anyway, back on point...I called my HR department this morning and yes, my boss has this authority to cancel even planned, paid for vacations. Can you believe this? It's all about Corporate and making that $$$.
Don't get me wrong here, I am very grateful to have a job in this economy but where is that employer to employee relationship? We all have families and a life outside the workplace...I've never worked 24/7 for a corporation and don't plan on starting now. I work hard and put in an honest, full day at work and this is how I am treated ... I'm just another grunt employee, another number on the payroll list. They really don't care...making money is their goal.
Sad commentary on our world...
PS: By the way, I will be going on those trips... retirement just might come earlier than expected. I am very blessed that my dear husband is my personal advocate. Along with God, he is my rock that I can lean on during the good and bad times. I AM very blessed...