I have been lurking on this board for a long time but when I saw nothing about this I decided I had to at least make a profile and say something.
I am at home right now but I have been in touch with several captains and engineers at chouest and this is what is happening as far as I can tell.
Huge pay cuts: A: AB’s getting cut down to OS pay. That’s 300 down to 190
B: Extra captains and engineers that were making 500-550 a day will be cut down to QMED pay which is 290. C: Masters, Chiefs, and their reliefs appear to not be getting any pay cuts. QMED's also appear to not be getting pay cuts.
All of this and many boats are going to even time. Many already have made the switch and more are to come.
Many people that have been with the company for a decade or more are being sent home to sit on their couch. kept on the roster only to avoid paying for unimployment.
About two months ago they sent out a letter that all officers had to sign. It basically stipulated that they were not allowed to talk to unions and if any talk of unions was heard it was to be reported. I have a copy of this letter if anyone cares to see it. I cannot imagine it is actually legal.
They stole our 401-K percentages. Chouest had a 401-K matching program that promised to match half of what you put in up to 6% (3%for them). We went through all of 2014 paying into our 401-K’s and then when the 2015 tax season came around (in spring 2015), when chouse twas supposed to add their 3% into the pot for the last fiscal year. what did they say?.. No… That is what they said.
I am starting to look for other opportunities and i implore my brothers are chouest to do the same. to the guys that havent had their pay slashed. I know you must feel relived right now but you have to know they will be coming for you next right? This is unnacceptable. all of this pay cutting and benefit slashing and these weird layoffs were you aren’t really layed off. All this while they are building a brand spanking new office building for the office workers. obviously they have plenty of money to spend of frivolous things.
I get the appeal of being loyal and holding out for better times in the hope that you will be rewarded. but things just keep getting worse and worse. If i stay with chouest I wont be able to afford my house and car for much longer, let alone be able to live comfortably.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Where is a good place to look for work right now? I am thinking the oil field is not the way to go at the moment. Where should I start looking?
(sorry if this topic is already on another thread, i didnt see these new round of massive pay cuts being discussed so here we are).
thanks guys. good luck.
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