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Old Mar 27th 2015, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by markonline1 View Post
How is my life better here than in the UK?
This (from last night, tonight will be equally spectacular, it's gorgeous here)
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...76D9C264A8.jpg

..... and this
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...4999CF5757.jpg
Beautiful baby - she's adorable!

You live in a nice part of the country. I've been to Monterey once - loved it there. Drove down Pacific Highway 1(?) to Carmel. Beautiful there, but I am sure it is expensive to live there.
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 1:26 am
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Beautiful baby - she's adorable!

You live in a nice part of the country. I've been to Monterey once - loved it there. Drove down Pacific Highway 1(?) to Carmel. Beautiful there, but I am sure it is expensive to live there.
It's not too bad. There's no bloody jobs though which is the major drawback
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 8:40 pm
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Example of the cons, wife works for Board of Education here in 'bama with 20+ years in. They have just announced 200 job reduction so she has been dismissed as of June, no recompense, no redundancy, nothing you are just GONE end of. The american way.
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The weather improvement is huge. Things are a ton cheaper too.
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I'm in Ohio and I pay over $6K a year property taxes on a 2 bed 2 bath condo. It is nearly killing me - my biggest expense by far. I realize it would probably be more in the NE, but it's a lot for one person on one salary. I've actually considered selling and just renting an apartment, but unfortunately I bought back in 05 before the housing property crash so I would lose too much money.
That's a very high property tax for Ohio I believe?

FWIW - I challenged our property tax assessment, and just received a letter from the Town letting me know it's going down by $1.5k. So worth a shot - you have nothing to lose!
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That's a very high property tax for Ohio I believe?

FWIW - I challenged our property tax assessment, and just received a letter from the Town letting me know it's going down by $1.5k. So worth a shot - you have nothing to lose!
We just got our assessment, with instructions on how to appeal. .... It says the appeal could result in an upwards adjustment, so, for us at least, there is a risk to appealing.
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Example of the cons, wife works for Board of Education here in 'bama with 20+ years in. They have just announced 200 job reduction so she has been dismissed as of June, no recompense, no redundancy, nothing you are just GONE end of. The american way.
Aimie06, that is terrible particularly after 20 years! Hope she can find something else soon- and then perhaps hire a lawyer!
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Aimie06, that is terrible particularly after 20 years! Hope she can find something else soon- and then perhaps hire a lawyer!
What is the point of the lawyer. AL is an at will State.
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I understand she could be fired at will but after 20 years, no redundancy?
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I understand she could be fired at will but after 20 years, no redundancy?
This is the USA . Not sure if any State has anything similar to redundancy as it is in the UK.
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I understand she could be fired at will but after 20 years, no redundancy?
When we spoke about the situation the wife had never heard of redundancy, it would appear here that once a Reduction in Force is put in place then that's it goodbye. I do not know yet if Union is pursuing the issue, but as stated AL is an at Will state. It sure sucks
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I understand she could be fired at will but after 20 years, no redundancy?
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This is the USA . Not sure if any State has anything similar to redundancy as it is in the UK.
As Lansbury said, there is no such thing as mandatory redundancy payment in most states in the US. Some employers pay a severance, most do not. Furthermore, the further south you go, the more pressure there is a to minimize the cost of providing services and therefore any sort of pay to government employees. With the school system being the largest state cost, and payroll the biggest expense, working for the school system down here, in any capacity, is just asking to be screwed over.

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As Lansbury said, their is no such thing as mandatory redundancy payment in most states in the US. Some employers pay a severance, most do not. Furthermore, the further south you go, the more pressure there is a to minimize the cost of providing services and therefore any sort of pay to government employees. With the school system being the largest state cost, and payroll the biggest expense, working for the school system down here, in any capacity, is just asking to be screwed over.
The Board of Education are getting rid of 200 jobs, BUT creating 65, the jobs going are 12 month positions which are funded by the school, the ones created are 10 month and funded by the state, but the pay difference is much more than 2 months difference, making them so poorly paid as not viable to take on
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As Lansbury said, their is no such thing as mandatory redundancy payment in most states in the US.
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There you go. Fixed.
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