This is a sad day. Last night, I spent an hour on the phone with PG&E trying to get the electric and gas bills figured out. An hour. Once I got it all straightened out, I told them I needed to enroll in the CARE program, which is a program for low income people. On the form was a box to check for food stamps. Food stamps, CARE…and I’m trying to fill out an application for unemployment online, but no…I don’t have a union number, and they don’t know it. No, I stop work in 10 days, so I can’t fill it out anyway.
I have degrees, and initials after my name. I have 3 different teaching credentials. I am NCLB compliant in 7 areas. I have a license to practice family therapy. I suddenly realize that someone who does not know how to navigate the system may want to give up. I want to give up, and I have a lot of resources on board. So, to all those people I have erroneously judged in my life. I’m sorry. I understand now what it’s like to be on hold for 45 minutes to try to get some help. I know what it’s like to be shamed by a bill collector. I know what it feels like to look at the empty box that I must check for food stamps.
Why did this happen? I left a tenured position, and became probationary, and not protected by the cuts.
There is no magic answer. 27000 jobs will not appear out of nowhere. Someone get the Governor on the phone. Stat.