Just two weeks ago I was put in a bigger loader and was told that overtime would be coming real soon which was a plus. Everyday since I started operating this bigger machine I've been told by my supervisor to, "Keep up the good work!" and "You're doing great!" or "You and that loader we're made for each other!". It made me feel good about myself and my place at the company. Well, today after checking fluids and doing my pre-shift inspection on the machine and leaving the shop/equipment parking area I was asked to return to the shop for a meeting. We have safety meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays and I told myself, "It's not Wednesday yet, or is it!" I pull up to the shop, but my bucket on the ground, set the parking brake and climb down the ladder and notice that in addition to our supervisors, our general manager and several other "bigwigs" are there. Keep in mind that just 3 months ago I was called back from a 2-1/2 month layoff during which I withdrew most of what I could draw on unemployment. "Due to a decrease in demand for our products, it has become necessary to reduce our workforce. It is with regret that your position is part of the workforce reduction. We are not certain as to when of it you will be recalled for rehire"....letter goes on with contact info for questions. You know what really pisses me off? The fact that everytime there is a layoff my name seems to make it on that list. I've gotten laid off every winter for the past two years and there are guys that work for my company who never get laid off, what the F*** is the deal? To make it worse, my wife who is pregnant and only two weeks from her due date has already quit one of her jobs (part-time at Cracker Barrel) and will be on maternity leave for 6 weeks after she has my son. There were nine of us that got the axe today, including three guys that were hired new last week and both of my truck drivers got it too. I've already been all over town looking for a job including the other four quarries in my home county as well as one across the river in Kentucky but to no avail, no-one is even wasting the paper on applications. I put in an online app for truck driving school for CR England and still waiting to see what is going to happen with that. I'm tired of this just barely getting by crap. Tired of working boocoo hours during the summer just to bank enough money to barely scrape by during the winter. Why do I always seem to get the S****Y end of the stick. It seems like everytime a SHAFTIN' needs to be done I get selected to get shafted. Needless to say, I may be going offline for a couple of months. I may have to cancel the SAT TV and internet just to get by. I've got little jobs I can do like cutting the neighbor's grass and trimming trees but nothing that pays the $14.50 an hour I was earning at work, so I may have to trim back to the nessecities. See you guys when things get better. I'll keep my account open and maybe go to the library from time to time to access the net but won't be able to get on daily.