Their stories need to be told – Will you help me to do that?

The following story was found in this email blast I received yesterday from US Techworkers whose website is:

Her story needs to be told.

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Many of us at US Bank were laid off.

I was first in my family to attend college in the 1980s. My Mom and Grandma’s all working women. My Dad didnt bring in enough as a Barber. My Dad was also a severe alcoholic.

I chose a better life. From a family of wonderful ladies (not feminists), I had the ambition to obtain a degree in Management Information Systems. I didnt have money to got to Madison. I worked and paid for all my schooling debt free.

I proceeded to innovate. I didnt stick with data Entry at Charter Wire or mainframe at Woolworth.

I worked at Briggs and Stratton to install their first ever international order faxing with two smart gentleman from Rockwell who developed the software package. Yes, automated faxing was a big deal.

Later, we approached the Board of Directors at West Bend Mutual and with another gentleman and women co-worker as a team, we developed their first insurace agent website.

I helped another successful woman develop the first Data Warehouse at West Bend Mutual as Database Analyst (DBA). She was the Business Objects/Data Analytics consultant.

I worked within a business line operational area of Nielsen automating processes and improving business line processing.

I continued to work on automation, web conversions, middleware, mainframe at U.S. Bank both in development and Quality Assurance.

Until my first lay off at 53 years of age. A woman in tech with a dream at 16 to innovate replaced by Cognizant Visa workers.

I structured my career to be cross functional, cross platform, cross industry.

Retail, Manufacturing, Insurance, Marketing, Banking.

Mainframe, Unix, Windows (servers)

Web Developer, DBA, Mainframe Developer, Systems Analyst, Sr. LeadvTester. All Senior positions. All new development and all very large projects my whole career. Mentoring, learning and taking on whatever role the organization needed me to fill.

Yes, top reviews and told by bosses 3 layers up that I wasnt being laid off due to performance and had no reason.

Prior to the layoff and the days leading up to a surgery, I had to mentor another H1-B Visa worker and then returning after 6 weeks off, that day being told I had to drive into work (I worked from home) and give my box of things to a foreign H1-B visa worker.

If it werent for my surgery, I would have been laid off sooner when the other 700+ workers were laid off. The layoff for everyone else was the day of my surgery. I had to beg for them to keep me employed through my surgery. Literally, beg and beg and they knew about it over 6 months prior.

Yes, I worked from home and the day I was released to return to work I was forced to drive to the office 45 min. from home to lift and give them all my stuff. No boss or HR person was there. I was instructed to give my stuff to an H1-B visa IT associate that I new slightly (Chiraq – Cognizant).

They couldn’t wait to push me out the door. I even had my Dr. Appointment to return the day I was laid off. It was horrendous.”

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