Flash Fiction #225




He gave his life to the company, or would have, if they’d let him. He joined when he was 45, and planned to retire with a full 20-year pension, just as he turned 65. Things didn’t work out.

Once upon a time, manufacturing companies made things. Nowadays, corporations made PROFITS, at all costs. 2-1/2 years before his official retirement, his plant was declared –not unprofitable – merely superfluous.

He and 450 of his co-workers were unceremoniously dumped, like so much trash, desperately searching for employment, while the Vice-President in Charge of Expense-Cutting took a two million-dollar bonus. So much for loyalty. 😦 😯


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22 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #225

  1. jim- says:

    I thought this was supposed to be fiction?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. draliman says:

    Love the first line. True for so many, nice one!


  3. Rivergirl says:

    It’s a sad commentary on what our country has become… and where our priorities lie.


    • Archon's Den says:

      The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer (relatively). A century ago, in the time of John D. Rockefeller, he earned was paid 100 times what the lowest person in his corporations made. He received in a week, what they labored for a year to get.
      In today’s businesses, ratios of 1000:1 are common, and 10,000:1, or even higher, are not unheard of. They rake in as much by lunchtime New Years Day, as office clerks receive all year. Is “Let Them Eat Cake” far away?? 😯

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  4. And they wonder why employees aren’t loyal anymore.


  5. Dear Arcon,

    Describes the company I worked for and the last five years of my miserable (thanks to the management trying to get rid of my “ancient” carcass) employment.




  6. Liz Young says:

    This is barely fiction – so many similar stories exist, and no doubt there will be people who use the pandemic as an excuse to add to their number.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I am so happy that I’m out of the rat-race, only depending on the Government 😛 and GM for some miserly pension. I feel so sorry for those who still have to play – and lose – this game. I am not optimistic that COVID19 will improve it.


  7. Dale says:

    I dunno about giving your LIFE if you give 17.5 years but this blows. Reminds me of former co-workers who could have taken their pension but decide to work two more years… then lost half of it when the company was bought by another. They don’t give a rat’s ass about their employees…


  8. granonine says:

    This may–or may not–be fiction, but the reality is just as hopeless, just as devastating.


  9. msjadeli says:

    It used to be done in the shadows. Now it’s done arrogantly and with empty apologies.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Like only being taken on by a corporation through a temp service, and having to survive three to six months of some job that you are not suited for, before you can even apply for a position where you have years of experience – it just doesn’t seem efficient and therefore more profitable. 😕

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      • msjadeli says:

        I remember when “they” went after teacher’s unions because they knew the teacher’s union was the strongest one. Once they broke their back, they started picking off the others. When I think back to how strong and respected the union I was in 30 years ago compared to the sham it is now, I hang my head.


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