The only thing certain is when the door closes

Perhaps someone should tell Mona that ALL CAPS in an email is the equivalent of yelling. Tuesday’s note may have come off a bit strong as a result. Here it is:

THE DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR THE BUYOUT IS 5:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008. PLEASE CONTACT HUMAN RESOURCES IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR IF YOU WANT TO SIGN UP FOR THE BUYOUT.

Thank you.

Has the pace of visitors to Human Resources become so heavy there is concern about getting out on time? And what will happen if the number of buyout takers tops the numbers targeted at the beginning?

Rumors are rampant. Some say buyouts will be granted to everyone who signed, regardless of how many. Others speculate some criteria may be in place to determine who will get the buyout and who will get shoved back into the mix here. If anybody really knows they probably aren’t talking about it.

But it is funny how perceptions change. Some who had major concerns about signing for the buyout are now afraid they won’t get it, either because there will be too many takers or because the drivers won’t sign. On the other hand, stock market woes may have some who signed a month ago wondering if they can still back out.

Then there are the questions about when we will all discover our fate. Some reports say the unions have until Oct. 5 to ratify an agreement. Because of the 7 day waiting period on buyouts there will be no solid number on takers before Oct. 8. Some say word will be delayed even longer than that, keeping everyone on edge for just a bit longer.

It’s a confusing and anxious time.

What should one do?  Roll the dice and take a chance. Everything is a gamble these days; nothing is certain anymore. Nothing except that the door to human resources closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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