So...my supervisor has the mother of all headaches. She was just informed that as of today three of her most productive tutors--that includes me--are laid off because of a technicality. Apparently the president of the college made it a new rule that student tutors are supposed to carry 6 units of coursework at the college to be able to tutor (old rule was just 1 unit)...and he tells us this when???? In the middle of the ****ing semester, when all the classes are closed and we can't scramble to get any more classes because even the short-term classes are all CLOSED.
The worst part is that this was a totally unnecessary move for the college, because they had the budget to pay for us until 2013. They could've waited until next semester to institute these rules, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Now my supervisor has to deal with trying to get us rehired as non-student workers (and we get a frakking pay-cut with that IF we get rehired but that's ok), trying to deal with the stupid college, and trying to deal with the students who are suddenly out in the water--all 90 of them--because they can't get tutoring from us. The worst part is that all the departments across the board were affected by this new rule, and so whole lot of tutors from other departments were laid off, and those students can't get tutoring from ANYONE because really, there is NO ONE left to tutor them.
I honestly feel bad for my students. Because I work with low-income, disadvantaged students, a lot of them are struggling with juggling work, school, kids, and/or disabilities. Our department was unique in that we worked around the students' schedules instead of them having to take time off from whatever to get the help they needed. But because of stupid bureaucracy, I'm out of a job I love and my students have lost a resource they really, really need.
Oh, and don't even get me started on the pay losses...IF I get rehired, it'll take a month to process my papers, which means I'm out of work for a month. I do have a small stream of private tutoring that will carry me through this month (barring any emergencies), but this job was my primary source of income.
Sigh. The economy. The bureaucracy. It is teh suck.