Great News!!!!!!!! Mr. Brickie just texted me from training - he starts work Friday!! (Training is M-Th) This is, by far, the earliest he’s started working. Last year he started in April. The year before he started in late June. The earlier he starts, the more hours he works. The more hours he works the more he vests into his benefits and health insurance. The more hours … [Read more...] about Back to Work 2016!
I'm not great with writing headlines. I know the "rules" (I have for years) but just can't make myself write, "This Mom Has Medical Bills...You'll be Amazed How They Make Her Feel!" Technically the medical bills are for the children. There are the two dentist appointments that were over $350 this month, the bill from the pediatric neurologist for our percentage after … [Read more...] about A Reliable Indicator of Financial Stability and How We Spent It 8/21/2015
That union meeting on Tuesday was fantastic. I wasn't there and I didn't even hear all the stories because Mr. B was so tired when he got home. I heard the most important thing - well, two things - I needed to hear. That BA was dead serious (his words) about making Mr. B a BA. There is no residency requirement. So, excuse me while I do the cha cha slide all over my … [Read more...] about Great News That’s Not Set In Stone Because What Is?
Mr. Brickie is a 60% apprentice right now. That means he makes 60% of what a journeyman makes. Every 750 hours of work (plus two training classes, plus going to union meetings monthly) gives you a 10% bump. There is also a test at the 80% level, I think. Each bump is a raise of about $4/hr. It is a big deal amount of money. Right now we are at what I call the “bridge” … [Read more...] about Apprentice Update – 60%
Someone asked me yesterday, "Why do you keep doing this when he keeps being out of work and you keep having to scrape and scramble? Can't he go back to school and get a career that pays better, sooner?" I thought hey, if one person is wondering maybe more than one person is wondering. If you aren't wondering this might be a boring update. My apologies. Also, as we … [Read more...] about The Long Term Career Plan (a refresher)