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31 July 2011 @ 01:09 pm
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Thought you all might like to hear what's going on in our world. We are working 10 hours a day plus another 8 Saturday. Next week we've been told to be prepared to work Sat & Sun. Keep in mind that the DC is not air conditioned. Outdoor temps are approaching 100 degrees and it's that hot or hotter inside. Oh yeah, we've got fans but that doesn't mean you will have one or that it will blow on you. We don't get any extra break time due to the overtime or heat. If we're lucky, we do get a bottle of cold water. Lots of "stuff" still in the warehouse and it has to be gone by the 15th of Aug. We are all feeling the liquidation pain.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
But you deserve severance over anyone who works in the stores? How's that?
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
HEY...I don't see that dcdummy said anything about severance AND the post from before was:

"2011-07-30 09:49 pm UTC (link) My understanding is that AA and Distribution Centers will be getting severance. Retail employees will not be getting any severance from what I have heard."

WHICH does not sound like a true statement of fact, and is probably wrong. SO, I want to say to dcdummy:

Ignore the previous toll comments. Hang in there and take care of yourselves. I hope the heat takes a break this week. Our store is often hot as hell and the customers are meaner than snakes! We are in the same boat-Corporate Borders never cared about the employees (DC or retail), and best of luck to us all!
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(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Holy shit! Our IPT area has no air conditioning, no windows and a weak-ass fan. It feels like death. I can't imagine how a 100+ degree wharehouse feels. Keep sane...

(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, dcdummy. It's unfair to blame the DC workers for getting a severance & the store employees for not. It's not like they were in on the deal & voted us out. And it's not like they're going to give theirs up to give to us. We wouldn't do the same for them. We are all going through something shitty. How about a little solidarity?
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. Good luck to you and all your coworkers, take care of yourselves and hang in there.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
just to add to dcdummmy, i work in a DC as well, probably the same one as you do. They are attempting to make certain departments work three times as hard as they were required before liquidation, and without spirit and incentive pay now, plus those departments are being told if they don't hit the numbers management wants that they will be written up. Also, premium pay positions, like forklift drivers, are being pushed into other departments because AA, or whomever, is dropping so much work that the staging areas are completely overfilled, so no more work can be picked from the racks, and the volume of product being processed is way more than the sorting and shipping departments can handle with their regular staff. Not to mention the antiquated equipment in the DC used to sort product is breaking down on a daily basis and being fixed with second hand replacement parts.

I just don't see how it makes sense to pay the labor costs of employees who have been there 5 years or more on 18 hours of overtime every week rather than bringing in some temporary workers at $10 or $11/hr to compensate for the increased volume and get the work done in 40 hours. I guess I never would have made it in management at Borders, I wouldn't go with the dumbest idea I could think of first.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
basic math time

according to a website is i saw, the TNDC has 283 employees. Say only 250 of these are paid hourly. 5 year plus employees should make $14/hr on average.

so $14/hr times 40 hours equals $560 a week.

18 hours of overtime at $21/hr equals $378 a week.

so the company is paying roughly $938 per employee per week.

times that by four weeks equals $3,752 per month, per employee, before taxes. The employees have taxes taken out after the company pays them, of course.

OK so $3,752 a month times 250 employees equals $938,000 a month on labor costs. Mind you, this is only accounting for hourly employees, add in the salary people and i'm sure it is probably closer to $1mil a month in labor only at this one DC!

I totally agree with the above statement about temps. It makes no sense to me either why they are pushing employees so hard in the heat. If it is to avoid paying another month's worth of rent on the building, is it really cheaper?
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pushing - (Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
temps - (Anonymous) on August 7th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Since we're talking about overtime - (Anonymous) on August 8th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - book_wench on August 1st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Border's=dumb, dumb and more dumb.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
doesn't OSHA or someone have something to say against something like that?

(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
That's an idea. OSHA. Hey, it can't hurt to call the labor board anonymously. I have no idea what state/federal regulations are for humane working conditions, breaks, ect. but the worst that'll happen is nothing.
I can't imagine working such long hours at 100 degrees plus, without air conditioning, and enough water-and that's hard physical labor, too!
Good luck.
(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Not having air conditioning isn't considered inhumane or an emergency. Not having heat is.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 06:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
I work for OSHA - (Anonymous) on August 6th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
A Personal Thanks From ME
Once again I want to thank each and every one of you for for making this liquidation process one of the most successful promotions ever orchestrated in the 40 year history of Borders.

Think of the literally millions of dollars that are now flowing through our cash registers. It's a joy to see that we are exceeding all plan numbers. The liquidators are pleased, the creditors are now seeing that Borders actually did have potential. Many have called to apologize for forcing this process. But, it is what it is.

In a few short weeks our family will be dispersed all over the country as we all move on to new careers. I know, as I move on to my new job as CEO of the Atlantic and Pacific (A&P) company I do so knowing that the Borders experience has made me a better executive and better manager. You can be sure I won't be making any more college campus videos.

Thankfully Jim Frering will be joining me at A&P as head of the company's expanded Deli division. Recently Ron Marshall called to share is best wishes to all of you. He mentioned that Art Keeney is looking to come back from retirement. I immediately called Art and hired him as A&P's new logistics divisional VP. Many of you have expressed admiration of the public relations work that Mary Davis has performed during this difficult period. I am pleased to tell you that Mary has been appointed Communications Director for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I know Mary will continue her solid work for that fine organization.

So again, I thank you all for the support you've shown and the effort each store is making to end this company on a positive note. The good news is Labor Day will be upon us shortly and I have no doubt most of you will secure new retail employment during the holiday season.

See ya. Wouldn't Want To Be Ya


(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Facebook page
Borders Class of 2011 and before It's a new Facebook page for present and past employees of Borders...over 6000 strong. All positive, stories and memories. Open to all.
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(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
I’ve been gone from the returns center almost 7 years, and I will never forget those stifling hot warehouses. I feel your pain.

But look on the bright side: at least none of it will be coming back to you as broken, mangled returns.

And I’d be willing to bet $5 dollars that a pallet of these shows up somewhere:

(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
He’d have made the perfect corporate mascot / mouthpiece.

Big Mouth Billy Bass
uh huh, loser... - (Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
My heart goes out to all you DC peeps being roasted alive.
I was an Inventory Supervisor for many years and I've always wanted to know what the inside of our DC looked like. So before we're all scattered to the winds... is there a picture somewhere?
nocturne_121 on August 1st, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
So sorry guys! I hope the weather breaks soon. Thanks for all the hard work you're doing, and best wishes for a better job ahead!
(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
*looks at avatar*

Irony. Now we're all Exiles, LOL.
(Anonymous) on August 1st, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Local TV Station
Contact your local television station and tell them about the situatin you have been forced to work in. Network news loves to show big businesses treating their employees like crap.
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
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(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
Re: Local TV Station
I'd be careful with your incendiary remarks and go no further with them. Whistleblowing with no evidence to back up your outrageous ideas can be grounds for termination and/or prosecution. Just remember this: no one's quite completely "anonymous" in here. All it would take is a hacker of remedial skill and experience to find out exactly who you are and inform the wrong people of your reputation as an upstart - then it's curtains for you.
(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
15th of August?!?!?!?!!!!!
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
oh please...
Honestly, if you were all such academic failures and lacking ambition that you somehow got stuck with a warehouse gig, you should just bear the hellish temperatures with dignity and shut up. No one cares to hear you complain, especially since you're a bunch of unskilled laborers with sub-par IQs; i mean christ, you guys can't even stack pallets correctly so that the heavy boxes are on the bottom! Bottom line: everyone's fucked in the end, you no more than anyone, so BURN, BABIES, BURN!!
(Anonymous) on August 5th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: oh please...
Honestly, you are a dick!
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