Friday, July 25, 2008

For The Pechanga Reseort & Casino Employees Facing Layoffs

You are facing a difficult time, believe me, WE KNOW. Luckily for you all, Pechanga is preparing a severance package. Those of us who were terminated from the tribe in the two Pechanga Massacres did not have the same courtesy. We had our heritage ripped from us with no ceremony. At least, you have the management of Pechanga portraying their sadness for you.

Here are some tips culled from various websites, we hope they are helpful:

The very first thing you should do is file for un-employment. Do not let your pride get in the way of doing this. You have paid your taxes and deserve a little help from the government when you need it most.

Look for alternative ways to make money until you find a job and cut back on luxury expenses if needed. It may take you many months to find another job and nobody can tell you how quickly you will find another one. EBAY, YARD SALES, Handyman Work.....

ALL employees over 40 who are being forced out of the company to file an age discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Prepare for Layoff by Having Your Resume Ready: Add new skills as you master them; include career related milestones and completed projects as they occur; you can always remove irrelevant information from your final version.

If your health benefits are paid by your employer, find out how to maintain those benefits. Most likely, you will be able to purchase benefits through COBRA

Request a reference letter for your files. Don't be proud - you're entitled to the benefits you'll receive

Lastly, if you witnessed illegal activity by your management, or tribal member customers, make sure that you report it before you leave, or you may be minimized as a disgruntled employee.

We, the terminated Pechanga People, DO feel the pain of what you are going through.


Anonymous said...

Thank YOU. There are a lot of sad people here.

t'eetilawuncha! said...

Excellent blog post cousin.
Great information. We are praying for all the terminated employees.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all the employees who have given their best efforts towards making the Casino and Resort a good place to visit. Too bad the tribal members could care less.

Anonymous said...

I do believe that tribal members care. I also believe that the percapita ck they recieve is more important. The CPP are always jumping up to talk about the need for more money in their pockets.

OPechanga said...

So, you're saying it's more important that they continue to get $30,500 per month, rather than say $20,000 per month in order to keep their "team" working?

Anonymous said...

For a few weeks, the casino touted the following in the employee newsletter; first notice the title- then how silly it is after being negated by the first bullet:
Surplus Sale for Team Members on Friday, July 17th from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Ballroom
- Sale is exclusive to Tribal Members on Thursday, July 16th from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Ballroom
- Available items are subject to quantities on hand and may include:
- From Hotel - exercise bikes, treadmills, sofa beds, lamps, nightstands, armoires, etc.
- From F & B - dinnerware, pots, pans and other cooking utensils or equipment and more!
- Acceptable payments include cash, check, credit cards, and payroll deduction spread over 2 pay periods"
Notice how the "sale" is exclusive to Tribal members before team members can attend. The sale for the team members today ended up being a joke and a slap in the face- it was like a dirty garage sale that had already been picked through. There was nothing of the sort except for strange odds and ends, dirty comforters, and one damaged piece of furniture. A tribal member DID STOP BY to pick up a piece of exercise equipment that was being held for him... nevermind that he already has an exclusive huge new gym that he can go to for free on the reservation. The day before- tribal members purchased everything of value that most team members couldn't otherwise afford.
I wish the tribals had thought about the people that earn their pay for them-- employees can't afford nice patio tables or exercise equipment like they could have gotten from this sale anywhere else. I wonder if the triabals paid sales tax?
WHAT A SAD JOKE! This should never have been touted as an employee event-- they just got the crumbs from the table.

To any tribal members that read this- it's ok. We forgive you. We'll keep smiling as you roll by in your new cars that you treat like trash; we'll keep offering our talents for compensation; we'll keep looking the other way when you drink too much and cause a scene, or treat us like we're under you; and even when you send that felon to visit us when we try to serve other guests when Silk reopens (no one likes his flirtation). We'll even continue picking up the slack after those layoffs that spread us way too thin, just so that you can enjoy your monthly paycheck of $30,000 (what'd you have taken away, $1000? $1500 that you complained about even after the layoffs?)

Here is your notice that the feeling from within all of the departments is far worse than it has ever been before. We feel fortunate to have a place that will compensate us for the services that we offer, but YOU need to remember that your reservation and the laws that you live by are governed by the United States of America, and the State of California. If you don't treat your people right, the country that surrounds yours may take another look at your compact.

The whole team member sale issue may seem trivial, but it truly represents the larger issue of this attitude of tribal superiority before the team. Just because you are in the minority doesn't mean that you are immune from being racist, and from the standpoint of many... MANY... that is exactly what you are doing by word and deed. Ask your employees how many times a tribal member has been inside the casino, complained about something, and then is threatened by that member e.g. ,"What's your name? What's your badge number? I'm going to get you fired. I'm a TRIBAL MEMBER."

That $30,000 paycheck isn't going to look so hot if all of your employees walk out. Good luck running the show without us. If you think it can't happen, or won't happen, think again. We can all take a sick day over the course of 24hours- and since that last "doctors note" fiasco, we can all produce a valid reason for calling off. Even if you fired us all for it, that wouldn't look so hot to your biggest supporters, now would it?

You need to stop taking away--- now!