sorry this was so long in coming but it is in keeping with the settlement of the strike. i came into work on thursday to a boatload of people looking mighty happy. finally someone came over and told me the STRIKE WAS SETTLED!!!!!!!!
and that we had gotten a good settlement. we learned that we would be going back to work on tuesday (for me it is wednesday as tuesday is my regular day off),that there would be a vote on friday. mainly everyone was really happy and felt proud of the accomplishment we had obtained...WE WON THE STRIKE!. there was a lot of hugging going on as well as congratulations.
we, at least i, thought about all the friends i had made on the line and wondered when i would see them again. wondered what it would be like to go back after a couple of months of being off. after saying goodbye and hanging out for my last shift, i took off for a previously scheduled vacation weekend (my regular strike days off were friday and saturday) with my family in pacific grove. when i got home i learned that i had gotten home too late to attend the victory party, but did hear about it on a phone message from my line/blog mate tom. also got an email from marie, my coworker on the swing shift, who i feel i got to know much better than ever before, on the line. i will miss the people and experineces from the line, but have found the strike, while not particularly fun, worthwhile and empowering.