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Monday, 13 March 2006
A Day Without A Song Is A Day Without Sunshine
What do you believe in?

Posted by qualteam at 11:08 PM EST
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Sunday, 12 March 2006
My Postal Demands For 2007
In order to be a good union member, you have to be very demanding. I've tried my best with these demands. My hand is stretched out as far as it can go.

While our postal contract won't get renegotiated until next year, the individual demands have to be in by April of this year.

CUPW is short for Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

* A special casual designation for retirees who continue their employment on a temporary basis (Canada Customs does it why not Canada Post?)
* Material Handling Equipment operators designated as "Term Despatchers" with six -month contracts
* An easy way to rehire retired CUPW members quickly without causing undue hardship to his/her family
* Reasonable reimbursement for unused sick leave credits if management wants a "sick insurance scheme" or certified-only sick leave
* Buyouts for senior CUPW members if management wants rollbacks on pre-retirement leave or annual leave
* Buyouts according to seniority for employees declared surplus in the section where they are working
* Getting the biggest raise in 2007 with good raises in the following years
* Requiring some overtime for all shifts in a section if casuals are in that section
* Raising the requirement for an unofficial interview for using sick leave from three occasions to eight
* Tripling the shift premium for weekend work (Many CUPW members value their weekends for quality time with their families. If there has to be weekend work, then workers should be compensated accordingly.)
CUPW "Goes Postal"

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EST
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Thursday, 9 March 2006
Top Ten Newfy Sayings
Mood:  cheeky
1. In cod we trust, all others pay cash. 2. Oh me aching nerves(Something aches inside of me.). 3. Lard dancin' Jesus(Similar to Lord thunderin' Jesus)4. Me eyes were like two piss holes in da snow.5. Ya gat da face only a mutter could luv(So ugly, only a mother would love you.). 5. He's the "Gut Almighty"(Eats more than his share.). 6. I'll give you some Newfy/tube steak(I'll give you some bologna.). 7. Arse foremost(going backward) 8. Ya nat gonna git into me drawers?(You're not going to have sex with me?). 9. Giv me a bitta dat dare(Give me a bit of that there.). 10. Any mummers loud in bye?(Mummers are people dressed up ridiculously who visit around Christmas...this is the question they usually ask after someone answers the door.)
More Newfy Sayings

Posted by qualteam at 9:56 PM EST
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Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Irene's Struggle To Get Another Job
A Human Resources rep commented that she has never seen anyone work as hard to get a job as my wife, Irene.

For those born with well-off parents or incredible intelligence and abilities, obtaining a good job is easy. For those not so "highly blessed", a longer, rougher road is travelled to a decent job.

Persistence and faith in God are one's biggest weapons against the apathy of personnel people that don't care if you get a position.

Trying to escape the burdens of the "working poor" has been the major endeavour of my wife and I over the last 10 months. You can read about this journey from May/06/05 to March/06/06 in this blog.
Overcoming Barriers

Posted by qualteam at 9:36 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006 9:40 PM EST
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Monday, 6 March 2006
Irene Has A New Job
Mood:  celebratory
This is definitely a small miracle. The new job is only 20 minutes away and they have an old payroll software program that Irene has used before.

There are also productivity bonuses that appear to be quite good.

The light is at the end of the tunnel. The marathon job search of 10 months is almost over.

Posted by qualteam at 5:25 PM EST
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Saturday, 4 March 2006
What Time Are You In?
Reality seems to have three time zones connected to it.
1. Old Universe Time(The time from the beginning of the universe to now.)
2. New Universe Time(The time from the birth of Christ to now.)
3. Eternal Time(An area of "time" which exists outside of normal or abnormal time.)

There is much that could be written about each time zone. If you have any personal insights into this subject, I would appreciate your feedback.
Please send me a communication.



Posted by qualteam at 11:50 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 11:55 PM EST
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Thursday, 2 March 2006
Top Song Of The Week
Mood:  special
This is Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel." Wow, what a video! By the time, the song was over tears were streaming down my eyes. I can understand why it was #1 for six weeks on the Country Hit Parade. Four stars

Check out Carrie's Music here.

Posted by qualteam at 9:36 PM EST
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Wednesday, 1 March 2006
The Job Search Marathon Continues
Mood:  sad
Despite many successful telephone and personal interviews, my wife, Irene, has failed to land a position as a payroll administrator.

After ten months of continuous job searching, we both feel depressed about this situation.

However, we haven't given up hope and the "Job Search Marathon" continues.

My wife is a tireless worker and would be dedicated to an employer who would hire her.

For twenty years, she raised three children practically single-handedly.

At her last place of employment for ten years, she received two sterling references.

More On Irene's Work History

Posted by qualteam at 11:10 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 2 March 2006 5:17 PM EST
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Sunday, 26 February 2006
The Pride Of Canada And Newfoundland
Mood:  special
It was "One Moment In Time" for Canada and Newfoundland.



Brad Gushue and Team Canada/Newfoundland

Posted by qualteam at 2:01 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006 2:02 PM EST
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Friday, 24 February 2006
Canada Wins Gold In Curling
Mood:  celebratory
After the early exit of Canada's Olympic Hockey Team, it was exciting to see six underdogs from Newfoundland win gold. While the Canadian hockey team was composed of aging NHL superstars, the Canadian curling team was composed of motivated and enthusiastic Newfies.

The boys from the rock knew how to throw their rocks.

There's only 500,000 people in Newfoundland to draw players from. Fortunately, Newfoundland is a province in Canada, a win for them is a win for every Canadian.
The Toronto Star Reports
The Teams' Standings Before The Playoffs

Posted by qualteam at 10:29 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006 4:59 PM EST
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