Thursday, June 23, 2005

Support the Troops, Not Their Spouses

So you've used up all your sick time caring for your epileptic son and gone through your vacation time seeing your husband off to Iraq. But now he's home on leave for a week before being deployed again. Would your employer:
A: Give you additional time off to allow you to be with your husband before he's sent back to Iraq.

B: Allow you to work extra shifts to make up for taking time off to be with your husband before he's sent back to Iraq.

C:Refuse to give you the time off no matter what, and fire you for taking time off to be with your husband before he's sent back to Iraq.

If you've worked for McClane Cumberland for ten years, the answer is "C."
A Jessamine County woman is looking for work after being forced to make a tough decision - take two days to spend time with her husband on leave from Iraq, or lose her job.

Shirley Blankenship thought 10 years of service at McClane Cumberland, a distribution company, was enough to get her a couple of days off to be with her husband David before he returned to Iraq.

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Finally, Shirley said she decided that, no matter what, she would take the last two days of her husband's visit off. "I even asked to work a double shifts," she said. "You know, came in and worked on a Friday because I don't work on Fridays. Nothing seemed to (work)."

Blankenship was was fired Tuesday. She said that while she's upset, she knows in her heart she made the right decision.

"I called from the airport, so my husband knew I had lost my job," said Blankenship. "So he was really upset about it. But he said we can deal with this."

Support our troops! Freedom isn't free! It's just that no one is willing to pay the price. Even simple ones like this.