Yesterday my dad got the call from the city. He was officially terminated.
I'm so angry! What the hell is wrong with the City? Don't they know that in court they won't have a leg to stand on? Why put themselves through a long and costly legal battle? Why put my parents through the hardship when it's more than likely only going to go in their favor? Ugh! Why couldn't they have at least given him the option to retire? The man has been their slave for 34 YEARS!
I talked to my brother about leaking the story to the press and I guess at this point it doesn't make sense. He said the union is going into "binding arbitration?" Whatever that means (I have no legal background so can someone please explain this to me? From my understanding this would add a 3rd party and their decision would be final? I'm confused...) I'm not sure what happens after that, if anything?
And of course the city waited until the last day of August. The last day my parents (and younger siblings) had benefits. My dad could have had the knee surgery he needs, that contributed to his accident, had they known sooner! Instead they jerked him around for over a month, not allowing him the opportunity to get it done. Again. So now he will just suffer longer (mind you he tried to have this done prior to his accident last summer, but the city refused to allow him the time off as they "needed him" those months).
And the worst part of all this? My dad feels like a big, fat failure. Like he's not worth it. And that breaks my heart. He's one of the most hard working, nicest, big hearted men I know. And it kills me that people are doing this to him.