156 hours down, 84 more to go. I’m looking at approximately one more week of training here with Swift. After that,. I don’t know what will happen. My friend John wanted to team drive with me when our training is over, but there is one major snag: the benefits here are awful.
My wife has an ongoing neurlogical problem that no doctor has been able to solve. I asked the Swift benefits department what the cost is for her to see a neurologist. There is a deductible of $2,000 that we have to pay OUT OF POCKET before the insurance covers anything…AND that is per year, so on January 1st the amount we have paid out reverts to zero.
The salary for a grade 6 state worker is certainly not enough to support a family of six like mine, but I pose this question: what difference does it make to earn more…if you have to pay out all that extra money for doctor visits?
I’d have no choice but to get a second job. So even though I wouldn’t be over the road, I would still hardly be home. Then again, even if I get in at midnight, at least I’m going home every day.
The way things are now makes me feel like I made the dumbest mistake of my life coming here. Then again, reviewing history shows I had no choice: I worked in an office full of vicious, heartless assholes who had no problem with flat out making up stories to supervisors about things I didn’t do…and since the supervisors liked the snitches more than an artsy weirdo like me, THEIR stories were always believed. Not only that, but the hours were garbage; 12:30-8:30pm meant the only job I could get with hours that fit into my schedule was an overnight shift, and I HATED overnights.
So, long story short, this is my verdict: I will keep working with Swift for now…but if the state takes me back (even as a grade 6), I’m going back to that and getting a part-time evening job.