This is kind of a rant / needing your opinions thread. I work for a company that has up until now handled the "recession" very well. Today a announcement was made that on October first through the fifth, the plant will close down due decrease in sales. And if sales still are not picking up by then we will go on what's called a "shared work program" this is where you work 4 7hr days and for the time left over everyone receives a unemployment check. My Problem is we just had out annual "shutdown vacation" which burnt up all the vacation time some of us had leaving me unpaid for this up coming lay off. We can file for unemployment for that week but I really don't agree with taking handouts. And I'm not to sure if I agree with the work share program. Most of my coworkers are more than excited about working less and getting equal pay from the program. While I don't make a tone of money I really can't afford to take any unpaid time, I also don't agree with people riding along on hand outs either. I have never been on unemployment, or any kind of govt assistance. Because I've always worked and never needed it. Should I just juggle bills and make due, or take the offer. My conscience is getting the best of me. Your opinions please. Could this be the beginning of the end for my company, maybe the economy is finally catchin up with us. Or is it just a temporary bump in the road.