My husband is a union plumber. He has worked for nearly all the union shops north of Seattle in the past 11 years. For the most part, he's stayed extremely busy and has to fight for time off. We've gotten quite used to his income. Now the company he has worked for for over a year is going through MAJOR layoffs. They got hugely underbid on a job they were pretty sure they had, and then lost it. Now there is so little work that 90% of their staff is getting laid off. Brad was on the phone last night with all the guys he's worked for and with in the past and has more to call today, hoping one of them can call him to their job. The way their union is set up, foremen or the shop office can name call a specific plumber to their job. He's left them all on good terms.
So here's the prayer request. Can you pray that he has a job somewhere? He's willing to travel to Seattle which on a no traffic day is over an hour, but on a typical commute will take him 2 at least. He's willing to travel to anywhere else the union might send him if they pay lodging. We recently started this debt payoff program that has us paying twice the payment on our credit cards to pay them off in less than 4 years. We're locked in now and can't change that. He'll get unemployment if he gets laid off but that's about $3-400 less a WEEK than he's used to.
This is causing us to really test our faith. He has lots of options, and he's got good friends in the union who will help out if they can, but there's about 30 people currently laid off, and about 30 more going on the list this week. I'm asking as many people as I can to pray that one of his prospects works out and we don't have to worry about how we're going to get buy with $1500 less a month.