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I am still getting up early in the morning, having breakfast, and driving in my car to work in the aerospace factory where I am a buyer. Our business has been affected adversely by the Wuhan coronavirus, and that has affected all the employees. We had a two-week involuntary furlough, where the entire factory was closed. We had exactly three hours’ notice on Friday that we would not be coming back to work for the next two weeks. Employees were told that they could use accrued vacation time, or take leave without pay. I had ample vacation time available so I used it.
During the furlough period, I received via FedEx letter a “voluntary separation package” that was offered to all employees over 60 years old. I definitely qualified, since I am 71 years old. The package was very generous, but we had exactly seven working days to make our decision, since our last day at work was supposed to be April 30. I had decided to accept the package, but when I returned I asked my supervisor if I could negotiate a real retirement, say at the end of summer, but was told no. Funny how things changed. About three days later, my supervisor came by my desk to tell me that she had won me an extra month, so I could train all the buyers and planners that will be taking over my duties. I thought that was very fair, so I signed and submitted my voluntary separation.