It is sad that it takes an economic downturn to make working folks aware that they are just a commodity for the shipping and offshore oil industry, especially in the USA where workers have NO rights and no safety net such as exists in most first world countries. They don't call the hiring guys "human resource" for nothing, they used to call them the "personnel department" but then realized we are not people we are just a resource like fuel, oil, food etc. I remember those that bled orange and swore by the great Chouest right up until Chouest decided they weren't going to match the employees 401k for the PREVIOUS year. Employees had no recourse naturally. US law does not allow recourse for things like this. Not that Chouest is any worse than any of the deep sea or drilling companies all of whom will promise you anything when they need you and then dispose of you with no severance, pension or even a thank you when things go south. At the end of the day if we're non-union we are all just whores that sell ourselves to whoever will pay us and we should realize we owe NO loyalty to any company beyond a days work for a days pay. If you are union you got to watch that pension like a hawk or they'll screw you but at least there are some laws you can fall back on. Should you get your pension, most do, you'll look back on your career fondly for the most part. Back when I was working full time I preferred to think of myself more as a high priced escort My services are still available and I get jobs now and again. I smile, charm them, do my high class escort act of providing excellent service and then fuck 'em out of every penny I can because I know they'll forget me as soon as I walk down the gangway or some cheap hooker comes along.