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Old Jun 13th 2020, 5:57 pm
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She worked for TCEQ in Houston and Austin for several years before transferring to PUC. There is a hiring freeze on for most State jobs at the moment and given her treatment, she is not keen to work for the State again. She has worked for the State since she was an undergraduate at Texas State and has near perfect performance scores on all her yearly reviews. Only one 4 (highest 5) and all the rest 5 in all the time she has worked for them. I really think it was the complaints that she made in December that made her a target.
Has she tried city of county water labs ? I'm sure some of her experience would make her a good candidate. City of Austin has a Lab as does the City of Houston. With her TCEQ experience she will be aware of the rules and guidelines Labs have to adhere. It might not pay as well or be what she wants but it will be good benefits. Just a thought.

I tried posting a link but my tablet is dying and won't co-operate. Check the City of Austin jobs.
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Update on my daughter's situation. This week she was denied her unemployment as according to them she is still on the payroll! To say she feels she has been kicked in the teeth, yet again, is understatement. No money and no health insurance. Her ADHD med which was covered by health insurance, is $400 a month and although there is a coupon available to reduce the cost (my son uses it) it can only be used in conjunction with health insurance! It has been a terrible year for her. She filed a complaint of sexual discrimination and bullying at work just before Christmas. She was one of the longest serving officials in her department but was the lowest paid. Everyone else, including 2 guys she had mentored and only been there for a few years, were all being paid more than her. They were all men. Her boss was constantly harassing her and passing off my daughter's work as hers. Both complaints were dismissed. She was temporarily moved to a department that she had no experience with and then moved back to the department with her old boss still in charge. Now this! The only consolation she has, is that her boss was demoted based on her past record at the same time as Elisabeth was lay off. She had been actively looking for work but unsurprisingly, not lot of scope for' "A public drinking water specialist with experience in investigation, enforcement and compliance assistance" I am really worried about her mental health at the moment to be honest.
Is it the employer disputing the unemployment claim, or the state? There is an appeals process in Illinois Is there one in Texas?

Also, if it's any help.

https://texaslawhelp.org/article/rep...on-your-rights
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Has she tried city of county water labs ? I'm sure some of her experience would make her a good candidate. City of Austin has a Lab as does the City of Houston. With her TCEQ experience she will be aware of the rules and guidelines Labs have to adhere. It might not pay as well or be what she wants but it will be good benefits. Just a thought.

I tried posting a link but my tablet is dying and won't co-operate. Check the City of Austin jobs.
Thanks, she has been trying to get a City of Austin job for years as they pay more than the State! Now she open to trying for jobs anywhere. She wasn't been paid that much from PUC which is why she checked where she was on the Texas Tribune which led to one of her complaints.
thanks for all the replies Sugarmooma, they are appreciated.
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Is it possible she sold back vacation or sick leave and is technically still employed until it runs out?
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Is it possible she sold back vacation or sick leave and is technically still employed until it runs out?
Nope, They actually helped her file for unemployment when she did her exit interview and it was due to start about the 15th May. She only got 2 wks for her last pay check. But yes, payroll is the root of the problem.
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Hopefully not being able to get work will not hold you back from trying to rebuild your life...

A fundraiser for one of our own who needs our help. You can read J’s story here...

https://britishexpats.com/forum/mapl...919043/page36/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/moving-to...=copy_link-tip
Thanks for setting this up, whoever did it!
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Thanks, she has been trying to get a City of Austin job for years as they pay more than the State! Now she open to trying for jobs anywhere. She wasn't been paid that much from PUC which is why she checked where she was on the Texas Tribune which led to one of her complaints.
thanks for all the replies Sugarmooma, they are appreciated.

I hope she gets something soon. Working for the City would be great for the benefits.
Fingers crossed for her
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Update on my daughter's situation. This week she was denied her unemployment as according to them she is still on the payroll! To say she feels she has been kicked in the teeth, yet again, is understatement. No money and no health insurance. Her ADHD med which was covered by health insurance, is $400 a month and although there is a coupon available to reduce the cost (my son uses it) it can only be used in conjunction with health insurance! It has been a terrible year for her. She filed a complaint of sexual discrimination and bullying at work just before Christmas. She was one of the longest serving officials in her department but was the lowest paid. Everyone else, including 2 guys she had mentored and only been there for a few years, were all being paid more than her. They were all men. Her boss was constantly harassing her and passing off my daughter's work as hers. Both complaints were dismissed. She was temporarily moved to a department that she had no experience with and then moved back to the department with her old boss still in charge. Now this! The only consolation she has, is that her boss was demoted based on her past record at the same time as Elisabeth was lay off. She had been actively looking for work but unsurprisingly, not lot of scope for' "A public drinking water specialist with experience in investigation, enforcement and compliance assistance" I am really worried about her mental health at the moment to be honest.

Obs I cannot help but just wanted to say how sorry I am to read this. Really hope something, anything turns up somehow.
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Obs I cannot help but just wanted to say how sorry I am to read this. Really hope something, anything turns up somehow.
Some of the entities jjmb mentioned were who I had to deal with when I was Lab Manager. Your face really has to fit . It's very male dominated as well. If you understand the stress they can cause you will know why I was so ready to retire. It was like a weight lifted knowing i didnt have to deal with any of them any more.
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I keep the app on, car isn't done yet, but once its done, if something pops up in an area we can do we would still do it.

Just noticed that today there was no batches at any point available today when the previous normal policy kicked back in. Not quitting it, just can't do anything if the batches stay 0 all day...lol

The first 2 weeks we could easily get in 3-4 a day, but now they seem more selective I guess in who gets access? Not completely sure how they decide or the metrics used, we don't have enough time in to have much metrics, 8 reviews all 5 star.
Just a thought ... not knowing how their algorithm works ... could they start penalizing you for not picking up any jobs? That is - you are currently 'signed up' just so you can observe the traffic, but what if they have a 'rule' in their algorithm that says, anyone who is logging on as 'available' but not picking up jobs after 'x' days, stop showing them jobs ... You never know ...
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Thanks for setting this up, whoever did it!
Woo Hoo! The GFM is over $2,500 already.

Kelowna looks absolutely wonderful! Is there a more appropriate thread to discuss this actual move?
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Just a thought ... not knowing how their algorithm works ... could they start penalizing you for not picking up any jobs? That is - you are currently 'signed up' just so you can observe the traffic, but what if they have a 'rule' in their algorithm that says, anyone who is logging on as 'available' but not picking up jobs after 'x' days, stop showing them jobs ... You never know ...
Could be. The way these things work is above my knowledge and they are of course pretty vague about how it done and probably a trade secret I imagine.

We do pretty good at the shopping part, really the only thing that slows us down is most of our shops were at Wal-Mart and they have a stupid store set up (city of Vancouver hates Wal-Mart and wont let them build a proper store so they are in an old warehouse they converted into a store but much smaller compared to a normal Wal-Mart Super Store) so while you would think cake icing would be with baking stuff its not, its in a random aisle with rice and beans, same with freezer stuff, some frozen meat is with the frozen foods, some are in freezers in the meat section on the opposite side of the store.

Just takes a few times to really get the store layout down and instantly know where to go, once you have done that its pretty quick, but every order seems to have all groceries but then the last item is in electronics in the far back of the store, usually batteries.

2nd hardest thing is people not answering while you shop for them, sometimes you want to make sure a replacement is suitable or such, but all one can do is try, not our fault if they dont answer back and we have to make an educated guess on replacement or refund.
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Woo Hoo! The GFM is over $2,500 already.

Kelowna looks absolutely wonderful! Is there a more appropriate thread to discuss this actual move?
In the Canada Maple Leaf, there is a job, turmoil or something thread, its where I generally post my stuff, and probably where most of the specifics and how things and move are going, its not a dedicated thread for that, but that thread has morphed into many things over the years.
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We had the worst experience with a customer today on the app while shopping, luckily majority are easy but omg this one about made me want to just shut the phone off and leave....
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We had the worst experience with a customer today on the app while shopping, luckily majority are easy but omg this one about made me want to just shut the phone off and leave....
I can well believe it. Most of my customers were somewhere between indifferent and wonderful, but I had a few that were ridiculously demanding and entitled. One guy absolutely lost his mind upon delivery, yelling and cursing when he discovered that I wasn’t able to bring the exact brand of bottled water he wanted, a premium one* that is almost never in stock. He only discovered this ‘upon delivery’ because he hadn’t responded to the text I’d sent about it, or picked up his phone when I also called. And then took 10 minutes to answer his door (this was way back, pre-Covid) and had clearly been asleep (it was mid-morning, and I was delivering exactly at the time he’d requested) and then denied that I’d ever texted or called him.

‘Well, it was definitely your voice on your answering machine recording, where you’ll find that I left a message about this - have a good day’. And then I got him blocked from my profile so I’d never receive his orders again. It goes without saying that why yes, this was in the obscenely affluent part of town at a house worth many millions.

Have you joined any of the Facebook Instacart groups? The one with National in brackets at the end is the most active and activist for better IC shopper rights - there are some absolute horror customer stories on there. It’s also extremely useful research to learn of things that shoppers can accidentally do which might get them deactivated - an app boss is a soulless, tyrannical one with no right of appeal, which is why I switched to a regular job instead, for more security.

*He’d also ordered a mid-brand one which I did bring, but apparently ‘I only use this s**t for making coffee - I NEED THE OTHER ONE!’
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