Friday, May 15, 2009

Straight Dish

So many of you were wondering what the bad news in the de la Paz household entails.

It's bad.

Meredith was laid off and then replaced at a time when Western Washington University's President called for campus-wide hiring freezes.

We went to the union to see what our options are and basically because Meredith is a non-tenure-track faculty member she did not have sufficient union protection.

I do want to thank all of you who've e-mailed me via back channel. We're working on our financial situation and we should be okay. We'll just need to cut back a lot.

I go up for tenure and promotion next year, so that may provide a bit of a bonus in salary depending on the situation between the union and the administration.

Additionally, some part-time work is cooking up here and there in the English and Linguistics department for Meredith.

We'll be okay.

I must say, though, that I'm composing this note using a great amount of restraint. . .

4 comments:

Kells said...

Sorry to hear this. Of course, sending all good thoughts yours and M's way...

January said...

I know you two will be OK. Yes, sending good thoughts your way.

Joannie said...

I hope the part-time work that's cooking up turns out well.

Collin Kelley said...

I'm also sorry to hear about this. Everyone's cutting back and losing jobs, but we will recover.