Thread regarding Enbridge Inc. layoffs

VWO will go down as a disaster

Has any other company ever offered such a ridiculous mass exodus and then reject people who agree to voluntarily leave? Do you know what it's like to have a detailed package presented that allows you to plan for a change, psychologically commit to that change and then get DENIED! You have no idea what the rejected employees are going through. I think either legal representation is needed or HR and the elite level of management should revisit their decision before this hits main stream media and the public sees this arrogant form of mental manipulation. Current climate at Enbridge equals disclussion and unethical HR practices. And yes it is unethical and mentally disturbing to give someone options and hope then deny them.This should go to court so that the public can see the games that are being played with bard working, fragile people in this historically unique and difficult time. PS dont bother with the EAP program. They just tell you to talk to your doctor.

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Post ID: @OP+15q59ndi

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In all my years I have never seen a program like VWO where retirees or near retirees weren’t given the first chance to leave.

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Post ID: @cabf+15q59ndi

There was a huge discrepancy between what the unionized people got and what supervisors or managers Got. Maximum a union person could get is 78 weeks. Why?

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Post ID: @cmqr+15q59ndi

My VWO letter was very clear that applying did not automatically mean I would be granted

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Post ID: @7hhc+15q59ndi

Interesting. I actually assumed it was more than that. (I was not eligible). Did they give the option to take it as a lump sum upon departure?

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Post ID: @7nri+15q59ndi

Interesting. I actually assumed it was more than that. (I was not eligible). Did they give the option to take it as a lump sum upon departure?

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Post ID: @7vns+15q59ndi

I was also turned down along with a co worker. Someone with more knowledge than me needs to figure out how to get everyone who were denied together and file a lawsuit against Enbridge for mental anguish.

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Post ID: @7mex+15q59ndi

For the people at the maximum, they got up to 104 weeks of pay as a cash bonus to retire.

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Post ID: @6tvw+15q59ndi

Can anyone comment on what the voluntary severance package entailed? It must've been pretty good if so many are upset they didn't get it.

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Post ID: @6vcm+15q59ndi

Wah wah wah! Instead of getting laid off by surprise no matter what I wanted like so many thousands of people, my company offered to PAY ME TO LEAVE!! BOOHOO I work for the WORST COMPANY EVER because they won't let me quit or retire!! I hate getting a paycheck and benefits when other people wait in line at the food bank and have to sell their possessions to make ends meet!

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Post ID: @4hwd+15q59ndi

“ honest/ethical to turn down people at retirement age and accept much younger people with less years of service”

It’s not only not ethical it is terrible for the health of the company. Those that are at retirement age have served the company well. Letting them retire sets the example for those younger and have the skills and their best years ahead of them. Letting the younger, less costly, go with an incentive is gutting the best and brightest.

Leaving it to a lottery is asinine.

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Post ID: @3mmn+15q59ndi

I really hope that when the time comes (very soon I would imagine) for involuntary layoffs, they would give those turned down the option first.

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Post ID: @3ibf+15q59ndi

It really doesn't seem honest/ethical to turn down people at retirement age and accept much younger people with less years of service. I am sure it was done that way to save a few bucks. Someone who was turned down should talk to the lawyers and make sure Enbridge covered all their basis on this one. Seems like there should be some loop holes like the Warren Act.

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Post ID: @3fbj+15q59ndi

Glad to see others are expressing their disappoint about being declined. Took some time to decide to choose to apply for this life changing event, then to be left for weeks to wait for a response only to find out you are not accepted. Life with covid has left all of us questioning the new normal what a time to do this to vulnerable people.

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Post ID: @2fod+15q59ndi

I feel very betrayed by Enbridge. Close to 30 years Of service and 65 Years of age and others with less than 10 years service were chosen. Should have been done by years of service first and then for those that wanted to jump ship for another company. It’s been almost a week and I am still emotionally exhausted by it all. Enbridge is the winner here I will retire and they saved $ by not paying g long term employees like me that were denied.

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Post ID: @2ffm+15q59ndi

Why is AM so intent on destroying Enbridge? It was a pretty good, solid company, financially and otherwise and, over the last six or so years, he has set out to destroy it. Can someone explain?

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Post ID: @2psn+15q59ndi

Better question is who are they going to hire to clean it up? We just lost so many good people with no focus on setting up the company with the best people to move forward, and left it all to chance. Employees aren’t all equal, why pretend they are now?

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Post ID: @1aav+15q59ndi

Did AM hire Bain for this one or did ELT dream it up on their own?

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Post ID: @1axe+15q59ndi

This program was a big miscalculation by the leadership, a result of not being aware of how the working people of this company actually felt. It is obvious they never thought they would get the 800 people to volunteer. Sure they had this lottery scheme in the background in case some small instances occurred, but never thought they would have so many and have to decline so many. Thereby creating another problem, hundreds of disheartened employees who are being asked to forget anything happened and get back to work.

They can spin it anyway they want, but the fact is many more people want to leave this company than they can afford, in the middle of a global pandemic and resulting recession. How bad a company must it be for people to want bail in this kind of economic conditions.

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Post ID: @1vsy+15q59ndi

Does anyone know what departments had to have lottery's and which didn't?

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Post ID: @1gcu+15q59ndi

300 were turned away. They should have just started with a smaller segment to offer packages too.....maybe only retirees?? Why get hundreds of people's Hope's high just to slam the door. Does not make sense why you would want to deliberately upset and disappoint employees.

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Post ID: @1avk+15q59ndi

Enbridge will go down as a disaster that business school students and professors with lecture case studies about. Enbridge is a company, and a company is an organization of people, and people operate the processes the run the company. And much like the strength of a chain (team of people) is the weakest link; if people (chain links) break, the company breaks. But, not a deal breaker as company leaders ultimately outsource much of the peoples' work or gradually put in robots (Oracle Unify) to operate the process. For instance, past few years Corp. Functions have been outsourced or stood shared services to eventually outsource. Engineering are just project managers that outsource the project work to EPC firms. Same deal with Operations leaning heavily on third party contractors. If you take a step back and see how the company has evolved since the acquisition of Spectra, its people being commoditized, the negative news headlines on leaks / explosions / community and social disputes, it's easy to see Enbridge is a disaster and a business school case study waiting to hit the textbooks. Glad I sold all my stock before the covid crash, lost complete confidence with management.

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Post ID: @1qlh+15q59ndi

Slack away, get yourself on a performance improvement plan, “retire” anyway.

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Post ID: @1skk+15q59ndi

Does anyone have a guesstimate of how many applied and were turned down. They said they accepted 800 people.

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Post ID: @1hmi+15q59ndi

You should really visit with a lawyer to see if they can write a demand letter for some type of mental anguish. I know if I was turned down I would have done that. Shame on Enbridge for allowing this to happen.

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Post ID: @1ndv+15q59ndi

If there was any respect they wouldn’t have dangled that carrot in front of me while I am sick, and knowing I wanted to retire but couldn’t afford it. This would have been wonderful for my family.

Shame on Enbridge.

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Post ID: @pky+15q59ndi

I am one of those and who was ultimately denied and must admit I'm mentally and emotionally drained right now and don't know what my next steps are. My family and I had great expectations for the next stage of our lives. I have been an good employee for over 25 years. I can hardly bring myself to login on a daily basis let alone feel good about working for this company. I really think they need to revisit their Values of Respect and Integrity!

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