Does anyone know if there will be another VWO opportunity later in the year if more cost savings are needed? I didn’t see anything in the Q&A on this question.
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I hope there will be another VWO. I did not apply and regret that decision.
Everyone at legacy Union needs to move on. The new Company is called Enbridge. NOT Union. The faster you face the fact the old Union way and culture is gone for good, the sooner you will be able to get on with work life.
Enbridge was once Consumers Gas. Everyone complained at the loss of the old ways. But it didn’t matter. It never came back. The same will happen to Union. It’s sad but it is inevitable.
Interesting that when we merged they could only lay off equally on EGD and LUG side. Well by doing their so called lottery, they were able to tip the scale and get rid of more LUG employees than if they had a lay off. Look at the VWO lists, way more LUG employees than EGD. Something to think about.
"My THOUGH, it's a utility, how do you screw up a utility???"
Why learn when you can vent, right? Just google "insolvent utility companies". There are lots of ways.
But given the tone of the question, and the number of question marks, I'm willing to bet it was rhetorical. And answer would be unwelcome.
Besides, Enbridge is not in danger. I've gone over the annual report every year for the last decade, and we're on pretty solid footing. If anything could take it down it would be a massive collapse in supply - much larger than thus far - and Enbridge has limited control over that.
I was layedoff / retired 3 years ago - no joking here - the mental stress of acting like dystopia and stupidity is the new normal, day in and day out really takes a toll. After being gone, it still took 2 1/2 years before night-work-wares finally disipated. If you can survive financial get a VWO, anything to leave. The place has become like Lord of the flies.
My THOUGH, it's a utility, how do you screw up a utility??? Guaranteed rates, etc. ELT= Will eat each other eventulaly.
I too am curious to see if the “lottery” was videotaped. If it wasn’t- then what? Pick & choose who you want to go? Doesn’t matter if you are very close to retirement age, or past retirement age but continue to work? I know of people who were young- getting the VWO. Think I will be seeking legal action.
There was a non union employee working out of the Waterloo/London office who was denied. 2 weeks later this employee was approved and it wasn't because someone else opted out, it was an addition. This employee, who was also extremely upset with their original outcome, somehow challenged management (threatened legal action?) and had his VWO approved. This employee reported up to DD. So how does someone who was denied suddenly get accepted? Perhaps HR can answer. Many people questioned this locally and management wants nothing to do with addressing these questions.
Strength in numbers. We need to organize to bring attention to this mess because there has been nothing from the company to address what they have done to 300 of us. They miscalculated and need to held responsible.
Just get an attorney. I’m sure you’ll win. They must have accounted for some certain number of people making a stink about not being selected. I’m sure if you go privately with your own attorney (a simple letter may even work), you’ll be approved pretty quickly vs a class action lawsuit. Those things can take years. The company would much rather take care of individuals quietly than face something that will make it to the media. Good luck to anyone who pursues it. I was fortunate enough to be chosen. But I know if I hadn’t I would have enlisted an attorney. The mental anguish form having to make the difficult decision to leave and then be denied would be enough to leave 300 very disgruntled employees behind. Why would they want that anyway? And I’m sure they will need to show some more savings to shareholders soon enough.
Since when does seniority not count? When a company wants to save money at the expense of its long time loyal employees. I definitely think there is a case unless Enbridge videotaped the lottery literally or electronically. They can easily tell if the lottery was legit by statistics of who was successful vs unsuccessful and years of service. A lawyer that agrees to take on the case can solicit the unsuccessful candidates on the various social media sites- The Layoff, LinkedIn etc. Good luck.
I was also denied and would love to join a class action lawsuit. Just need to know how someone would be able to get all denied individuals together anonymously to start one.
ELT bragging how much of a success VWO was. So if approving employees with under 15yrs and denying employees with over 40yrs is the definition of successful I guess they knocked it out of the park
I was eligible and denied the VWO and not one of the ten mentioned below. I would however love to be included in the class action if one was initiated,
There will not be another VWO presented. Due to the negative results left on the denied/ rejected group that were not successful candidates, the company will have to deal with those 1st. There is about 10 current individuals that are looking to have their offers reconsidered for acceptance. If unfavorable, a class action suit will follow.
They met their goal so there shouldn't be anymore layoffs. Right?
They said involuntary layoffs if they didn't meet their goals
I wouldn't count on it.