i know about working on cars, and i am experienced (35 yrs) and can do anything, incuding engine swaps etc. but i know what its like to run out of energy.
sorry, but i build computers too, and i laugh when people with desk jobs complain about fatigue. you have no idea!!!!!!
my company was taken over by US STEEL, and i work in condiditions that would make the post-office blush for their motto.
the only condition we can ever stand down for is an electrical storm. we work in the worst weather, hot and cold, outside, year round.
i can easily put on 4 miles walking every day, driving pickup banding vehicles, dragging banding thru mud and snow and slush, with frozen hands,
looping banding thru coils and tensioning and crimping them BY HAND, my feet get wet and cold, and imagine jumping in and out of the truck a thousand times. then we do computer work to print tickets, and go back out to 'mark them up' as truck loads.
sometimes there are no loads to ship, but we do all this 'forelog', 'ahead of time'.
i just learned that diabetes is a DISABILITY. i have been constantly threatened with discipline and brow beaten for not meeting performance expectation. this is beginning to affect my mental state, and i am bi-polar as well, i feel threatened and now this is all i can think of, only 2 years from retirement and losing my job. i get too tired to keep going. you people that knock unionized workers have no idea, i'd be fired already with 28 years service, listen, no-one is that special, if they want you gone, you will be without a union.
why was i never told hat diabetes is a disability entitled to accomodation? i feel i have been suffering this abuse for no reason, pushed beyond my limits when i know they know better, actually discrimination. is'nt that what it is when someone is being abused for something they cannot help? it's the ultimate in a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. and the companies are totally in the know, and totally liable.
canadian and american legislation is quite clear, and i should be given breaks if necessay, not being whipped to keep up with younger people or people without disabilities.
why was'nt i told? us steel is no stranger to this issue.