Thread regarding Follett layoffs

Didn't we deserve at least that much?

A friend who worked in a store that was closed told me that there were no indications at all that the store would close. Of course, some will now say that everyone should always keep in mind that this can always be expected in this company and that everyone should always be ready, but to me it is terribly unfair of the company to inform people about the closure literally at the last minute.
Didn't we deserve at least a little more correctness and respect?
I am also writing this as an advice, that you should never think that you will not be suddenly notified that the store is closing.

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Collet or the institution always must give a 120 day notice for the contact not to be renewed

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Just an FYI regarding vacation payout. No matter what company you work for you need to know if you are in a vacation payout state. If you are in a payout state, use up personal days and sick days, they are usually not paid out when leaving any company. If you are in a state that is not a vacation payout state, you need to use your vacation. You don't ask for the time off, you tell your boss you are taking the vacation time. It doesn't matter what the company is, it is decided by state law. For instance Illinois is a payout state but Iowa is not. So if you work for a Follett store in Chicago and have 3 weeks of vacation to use then transfer to an Iowa school and get fired you lose those 3 weeks. Same company, different state.Too many people have no idea that they will lose their vacation whether they leave by their own choice or by the companies choice. I know this is a tangent of the original thread, but I worked in HR and saw people lose hundreds of hours of vacation and they had no idea.

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Post ID: @2rng+1dCn3oA0

The problem is, when it is completely up to follett, they treat you the same way. It is nearly 8 years ago (Nov 13, 2013) follett eliminated 10% of their employees. No one was given notice.(In California, they were required to pay out unrealized vacation due to state law). In addition to flushing more than 600 careers, they reclassified hundreds of others out of jobs with benefits into part time roles without benefits; cutting their hours and pay.
follett doesn't care. If they lost the store lease, they don't care. You're gone. If they want to trim payroll, they don't care, you're gone. If they don't want to pay a premium for experience, they don't care, you're gone.
They showed us who they are. To stay is folly. This is an abusive relationship and you can't help the abuser.

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Post ID: @1ljc+1dCn3oA0

They told one of the managers that they would not get their vacation paid out because they should have taken it earlier. They couldn't take it earlier because they were the only one in the store.

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Post ID: @1bst+1dCn3oA0

The problem is that it's not always up to Follett. Contracts are between two parties. If the school decides to drop Follett, there isn't always a lot of (or any) warning. Though, I would argue that it's the responsibility of the SM to have some understanding of the situation on their campus. You should generally know whether your campus is unhappy with Follett. Though, not always. Sometimes these closures really do come out of nowhere.

For the record, I'm very unhappy working for Follett and I'm actively looking for a new job, so I'm not trying to blindly defend them. But in the case of a store closure, it's not always Follett's choice. People need to keep that in mind sometimes.

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