WORKING THROUGH BILL 168-My Story cont’d
“I truly believe that your sudden request for Supervision with me has a hidden agenda…”
It was difficult to think about next steps! I felt violated by my last encounter with my Supervisor and couldn’t imagine sitting through another experience with her…alone.
I decided to contact my Union representatives. After paying union dues for more than 4 years, I believed I would get some help. I searched the building looking for the Union Stewart only to be told that she was away for a few days. So, I called the Union Head office. It seemed like I was on hold forever as I waited to be transferred to my Rep’s line. I was so disappointed to hear his voicemail that I didn’t sit through the whole message, just the part that he was away “indefinitely”. I hung up and immediately called back pressing zero this time to connect to a live person. When the connection went through, I was quick to insist to speak with someone! Who was his back up person? What did she mean there was nobody assigned! When would they assign someone? Where is the office Supervisor! Good she was finally putting me through to somebody…the automated self-serve option. I left a brief, frustrated message and hung up. I felt anxious and alone. I did the only thing I could think of and sent the following email to my Supervisor on May 6, 2011…
” Hi ____,
In regards to your email request for supervision on Monday May 9, 2011 at 10am, I am not emotionally ready to meet with you alone. I must admit that I’m struggling to understand how my efforts to support you, and our client has now turned into a “supervision issue”? I’m left to conclude that even though I supported our client to his appointment, the real issue seems to be , that you did not like how the goal was achieved and it feels like you are trying to hurt me, punish me and reprimand me and “couch” your intentions in the form of “Supervision”. I do not trust this process. In fact, I believe this is a form of Bullying and Harassment as set out in Bill 168. It is with great sadness that I feel it is necessary for me to take this matter further by presenting it to the Program Director. I will conclude by saying again that I do not trust the process of meeting privately with you because I truly believe your sudden request for supervision with me has a hidden agenda that is directly related to the situation about me supporting our client on May 2, 2011. I’m very hurt emotionally and in my spirit about this matter…
I sent this email to my Supervisor and Cc’d her boss. I never would have imagined what came next…TO BE CONTINUED