Legal help please.

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  1. Angry Arab

    Angry Arab Well-Known Member

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    I found out the owner of the automotive shop I work at is selling the place. Does he legally have to inform his employees? If the new owners don't keep the same operations going, do they have to give us two weeks notice before letting us go? If they keep things going, can they replace the current employees at their whim? Can they try to reduce our pay?

    I hate this shit. I haven't even been here a year. I found out through a customer who read in the local paper that the shop was sold.

    Please don't make a mockery of this.
     
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  2. Bro

    Bro There is no Dana VIP Gold

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    nope no workers rights

    "at will" comes to mind.
     
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    Mlaw Quite Contrarian Gold

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    I found out the owner of the automotive shop I work at is selling the place. Does he legally have to inform his employees? NO
    If the new owners don't keep the same operations going, do they have to give us two weeks notice before letting us go? NO
    If they keep things going, can they replace the current employees at their whim? YES
    Can they try to reduce our pay? YES
     
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    P-B Honourary Canuck Gold

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    When Bro posts, "fat pill" comes to mind.
     
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    Psycho2 Patron Saint of the Banned

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    They're going to ask you to do things differently, dont bitch or have a bad attitude and even kiss ass if you have to. That way they may want to keep you and you can hold on until you find something better
     
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    It'd be different if you had a union
     
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    Start peeing in the coffee maker immediately
     
  8. newcastlefan

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    yeah they would have filed chapter 11 first, sold the assets to the new owners. since the company with the union contract went to liquidation it no longer exists.
     
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    They have to pay the liabilities with the proceeds of the sale of the asset. Union would be paid so workers get a severance rather than just getting laid off. If the owners wanted to continue the business more than likely they deal with the union rather than liquidate
     
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    here in AZ workers have no rights,even a lunch period doesn't have to be given.
    right to work state.
     
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    I'm in the same industry and I've found a change of ownership can be a positive thing.
     
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    the freight forwarder i worked for, just had to agree to hire 3 new union drivers in the new company in order to get them to sign and stop setting fire to the loading docks. the other 40 drivers got nothing.
     
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    Thats what I'm hoping for but, not optimistic.
     
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    How long have you been employed there?
     
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    Angry Arab Well-Known Member

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    Less than a year. I just went through this shit! Well, similar.
     
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    Mack Well-Known Member VIP

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    Are you a tech or a writer?
     
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    Angry Arab Well-Known Member

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    tech
     
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    Mack Well-Known Member VIP

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    Man, don't sell yourself short. There's a serious shortage of qualified technicians in our field and a good one is worth his weight in gold.

    We're offering a $2,000 bounty to our employees if they can recruit a journeyman who lasts at least 90 days, and we're offering a 5k signing bonus for manufacturer level master techs... and we're still struggling to fill the void. I can't imagine the guy who shells out the kind of money to purchase a shop is going to want to run off his best asset.

    If anything, you should view this as a tremendous opportunity for advancement.
     
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    Angry Arab Well-Known Member

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    Thanks man. Although I do think I'm a damn good tech, I'm only a smog tech... and a test-only at that. Ever since the Star Program it seems like this job is not-for-long. I liked this shop and came here because its so busy so I just hope they keep it running. If so, and if they're smart, they'll keep me. I hated the current owner because he was so fuckin cheap and I still haven't gotten the promised raise "after a couple months" to see if I was good. He didn't want to fix shit in the shop so I've been wishing for someone to buy him out, even asking some friends with rich friends if they'd be interested... no luck. Now I may be hoisted on my own petard.
     
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    I'd bet my left nut you could get hired at most any dealership in your area with little trouble. Truthfully if you're going to stay in our field working at a dealership is where the money and advancement opportunities are at anyway.

    We apprentice guys all the time and most major dealerships will. We'd rather grow our own and teach them our way than try and convert a guy. You'd get paired up with an "A" level tech and you're paid hourly until you're ready to transition to flat rate, and the guy who you apprentice under gets to flag all your hours in return for training you. If you have your own tools and you're willing to learn they'll hire you on the spot.
     
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