I was out of the room when he left, so I didn't get to say goodbye to him and next my manager was asking me to come with him. I assumed I was going to be laid off too, until I saw Sheryl and Pat behind me. That and I knew I was safe. My manager and the crown and bridge supervisor filled us in on some of the things that are going to be changing at the lab.
1 Jack was laid off because he refused to be cross-trained and was limited in the things he could/would do in the models room, as well as the fact that he has been sleeping more and more.
2 Second shift is going away. Starting next week second shift will be coming in in the morning and we will be working as one shift again. Second shift has been getting entirely too much over time (290 hours since August, this is unacceptable) and my manager thinks there are other funny things going on as well. With some other changes they are making with the way we do things in Models all the work should be able to be completed by 4 people from 8am to 5pm.
3 The rest of the lab is going to "piece work" meaning they will get paid according to how many cases they finish in a day instead of hourly.
4 Once second shift and first shift transition back into one team I am going to be pulled out of the models room to work in metal finishing or scanning. I'll then be doing piece work as well...hopefully I'm good.