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Ricochet COVID Symposium: I am not a victim.

 

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.

Ricochet COVID Symposium: The Mental Health Strain on Mothers

 

[Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of contributions from our members and friends about the hidden costs of the COVID crisis. You can read more about our symposium and how to contribute here.]

You would think that being a middle child of eight kids, I would be an extrovert who could handle chaos. At family gatherings, even though I loved talking and being around everyone, I would find myself sneaking away for 15-20 minutes to be alone before rejoining the merriment.

Ricochet COVID Symposium: The Grief of COVID

 

[Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of contributions from our members and friends about the hidden costs of the COVID crisis. You can read more about our symposium and how to contribute here.]

Right now, I am sitting on my sofa, a cup of tea, and my laptop in front of me. There is not much to do on a Saturday night in Milwaukee these days. Bars, restaurants, and movie theaters remain closed under Governor Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” orders, which may or may not expire May 26. We’re waiting on a ruling from the Wisconsin Supreme Court challenging the authority of Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Human Services to implement and enforce the shelter-in-place orders that have ground the economy, and life as we knew it, to a halt.

You’re Invited: COVID-19 News for the Rest of Us

 

Ricochet is launching an online symposium to chronicle the effects of the coronavirus and its associated lockdowns on average Americans. We need your help to make it work. (Not a member? Join today!)

The coverage surrounding COVID-19 is mostly pundits, politicians, and policy wonks yelling at each other. If you want to end the lockdown, they say you want old people to die. If you want to extend the lockdown, they say you want to destroy the economy.

This leaves out the rest of us: that vast majority of everyday people who want to protect our physical health along with our economic health. Teachers, nurses, small business owners, and parents from coast to coast are being ignored. And we want to give all of you a voice.