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AT&T: Hands Off My Earned Leave!

You heard me Ma Bell.  You too Mellon Bank


This is going to be brief, but here’s the gist of it:

  • the company I worked for went into Bankruptcy
  • from the beginning we were assured that wages and accrued Paid Time Off (PTO) would be paid
    • THIS WAS CRITICAL because if 15,000 people started using up the PTO they had accrued, the entire company would have fallen apart before it could have been pieced-out and sold-off
    • it was also policy to pay out PTO if you left the company; there was no “use it or lose it”
  • now the Committee of Unsecured Creditors has objected to the PTO payout, calling them “golden handshakes” and bonuses
  • … nothing could be further from the truth — those who accrued the most hours are those who worked the hardest for the company, and for the creditors during this bancruptcy period — people who put off vacations and time off to BILL HOURS to clients which is the sole source of revenue for the company.  It’s painfully ironic that those who worked hardest are positioned to lose the most…
  • for the record, I wasn’t one of those working the hardest — I used 101% of my annual PTO last calendar year; and I still had over 90 hours in the bank when I left…

Many of my colleagues are writing to the judge to explain their position and situation — that’s all well and good, but there seems to be a very real chance that the judge could find legal reasons to support the objection.  Changing that one man’s mind seems like a slim chance to me…

It’s getting a little late in the process, but it just occurred to me that maybe we can find support in the employees of the Committee members, or in their customers.  Do you want to work for, or give your consumer dollars to, a company that demonstrates such disrespect forhard working employees and their families?  Especially in the middle of a recession?


  1. If you work for AT&T, tell management that you are aware of this situation and you think it’s a shame.  Feel free to email your corporate lawyers at (full address below).Mellon employees and customers:  same thing, and Mellon’s lawyer is at

  2. If you agree that this is wrong and want to spread the word:
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worst corporate mission/values EVER

seriously, I’m embarrassed for this organization.  my only edits are in [square brackets], to protect their identity.  if you can tell me anything useful about the organization based on this description, you win $1,000,000:

Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles


Promote integrity and accountability


Deliver optimal value to our stakeholders

Guiding Principles

The [department] is committed to:

Achieving Results

Sustain our performance culture with increasingly challenging
and satisfying work that adds value to the [larger firm]

Respecting and Developing People

Treat everyone fairly and respectfully through our words and actions,
ensure professional growth, and support diversity

Operating with Integrity

Be a model of ethical behavior

Encouraging Innovation

Promote creativity in executing our mission

Developing and Retaining Knowledge

Create an environment that supports gathering, sharing
and retaining knowledge with interactive networks and tools

their goals are equally bad:

Goal 1 – Add Value to [bloated government entity] Operations

(whoops,  I let the cat out of the bag — it’s a bloated government entity…)

Goal 2 – Preserve Integrity and Security for [bloated government entity]

(ok, this almost sounds like a reasonable goal…  actually it sounds like it ought to be their Mission)

Goal 3 – Continuously Improve [our] Products and Services

(whatever that might mean, since no products or services are described here)

Goal 4 – Pursue a Highly Satisfying, Performance-based Culture within the [organization]

(on my taxpayer dime?  I could care less how satisfying your job is.  if it isn’t satisfying, give all that money back to the Treasury…)

fear of the day:  that I end up in an organization as pointless/aimless as this.


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this is my laptop

when we are issued a new work laptop by our corporate overlords, we go through an initiation ceremony paraphrased from the Rifleman’s Creed:

This is my laptop. There are many like it but this one is mine. My laptop is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My laptop, without me is useless. Without my laptop, I am useless… […]

My laptop is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my laptop clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

it’s not as creepy as it sounds.  OK, maybe it is.

anyhow, being the geek that I am, I think I have probably fulfilled this pledge to a greater degree than most.  I can tell you how many processes are running at any given moment (137 right now), what my disk I/O is (some background process just wrote 307K), and what my CPU temperature is (51.0 C), and how long my laptop has been running (5d 8hr 34min) — all thanks to gkrellm.

unfortunately, gkrellm doesn’t run under Windows.  in what I thought was a brilliant move, I backed-up the corporate Windows installation and loaded my favorite Linux flavor, then ran the corporate image in a Virtual Machine using VMware.  worked like a charm, until the virtual machine’s disk image got too large — as you can imagine, it thought it had access to the whole 40GB drive, and now there was about 9GB worth of overhead.  when the VM image got too big, I moved it off to a 40GB external USB hard drive.

again, this worked great — when I wanted to do corporate-stuff that required Windows, I plugged in the drive and it ‘just worked’; then I could unplug it and do everything else I needed with a browser and OpenOffice.  and backing up the drive was as easy as copying the 8 files that made up the virtual machine — couldn’t be easier.  I’d even run those backed-up files on my home workstation under VMware to verify that the backups worked right.  what could go wrong?

first, the external hard disk crashed.  well, didn’t physically crash, but it couldn’t find the partitions anymore.  and in an attempt to fix the partition tables, I ended up with empty partitions.

then the backup didn’t work.  not only was it a month old (meaning I lost a month of email, files, etc), it just wouldn’t boot up under VMware on the laptop — corrupted SYS/SOFTWARE file in Win2000.

so now I need to restore my corporate laptop to something that vaguely resembles the corporate image, so they don’t get all worked up about unsupported Linux installations in the network.

long story short; I think I know more about the guts of this laptop than 99% of our corporate IT support people, having configured and troubleshot the video, sound, and wireless networking under Linux, but I’m reduced to obliterating everything so I can get the IT department to fix/reload the original corporate image.

the sad thing is that I’ve performed my job just fine for the past 10 days despite lack of access to the corporate image — the only thing I couldn’t do was submit my bi-weekly timesheet.  and that’s important enough that I had better get this fixed.

and the question remains: what will I do when they give me a clean laptop back?  live on the edge with my unsupported setup (in a slightly safer configuration, with a better backup plan), or reduce myself to being a corporate drone?  any guesses?


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