WORKING THROUGH BILL 168-My Story cont’d
“I had just made one of the biggest mistakes in my life”
“You are going to feel much happier by the time you leave this office…” I sat facing a Management person who was definitely higher up on the food chain. She offered me candy and a smile. “Now tell me what’s going on.”
I told my story. I included how the initial encounter with my Supervisor left me feeling violated and unheard. How she raised her voice, pointed her finger in my face and chastised me. I told her about my pay being cut. I told her that, a few moments ago, I was told by my Supervisor that some of my job responsibilities would be taken from me and “redistributed”. I told her that my Supervisor recently contacted a community partner agency and requested that all of my correspondence with that community partner was to be Cc’d to my Supervisor. I said the sudden request for “Supervison” was timely given the events that had occurred. I also reminded this Management person about a conversation we had in the past about my Supervisors lack of communication with me and how she had meetings with other staff and made changes to my job, but refused to speak directly to me. I said that I still have a copy of the email to her about that matter. I watched her as she continued to smile and nod. And then she said some things that concerned me.
She told me that my Supervisor would never do anything like that. She said I must be mistaken and shook her head with a look of disbelief on her smiling face. Her bottom line was the meeting had to happen later today or Monday morning and if I didn’t follow through it would be a matter of insubordination. She thanked me for coming, offered to attend the “Supervison” as my support and opened the door for me to leave.
I went back to my office upset and deflated. I took an early lunch and got on the phone. My first call was to the Union. Still no replacement for the Union Rep. I got assertive…I got put to voice mail. I called the Labour Board again and was told it is still a Union issue. I explained the circumstances. I was given the phone numbers for 3 employment lawyers. I called all of them. I got voice mail. I left messages. I caught sight of the Executive Director getting out of her car. A few moments later my phone started ringing. It was the Executive Director requesting a meeting. I took a deep breath and walked across the parking lot to the ED’s office. She graciously welcomed me in and waved towards a chair in front of her desk.
As I told my story, I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. She offered me tissues. Her gaze never seemed to leave my face. She said she understood that I felt hurt. She said there is agency policy to cover Bill 168 and she offered Conflict Resolution as an option to address the issues…after meeting with the Supervisor, of course. Yes, she knew that the Union Rep was away but, this could expedite the resolution process. She said this just seemed to be so painful for me. I agreed and I accepted the offer of Conflict Resolution not realizing that I had just made one of the biggest mistakes in my life…TO BE CONTINUED