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I did not talk to anyone at the time as I knew how my supervisor felt about me. He was constantly on my case and made working there very difficult. In hindsight, I should've, should've, should've stayed and seen the situation thru. However, I felt if the union were telling me to do something, it must be true. I wouldn't put it past my supervisor to try to anything to get me out.
I did talk to HR a few days later and they said they were going to look into it. On June 24, I had a reply from Jeanine Towner that my email had been forwarded to Employee Relations and that they would be in touch with the union. I've heard nothing back from them on this.
It was on the word of the shop steward that I checked out. I don't think he lied to me intentionally. He didn't know that the company couldn't just fire without proper procedures. This happened on a Tuesday and it was on Friday that he went to the union hall and found out he was wrong in what he told me.
The company has not talked to me at all. Haven't heard back from them; nothing in writing. They have responded thru the union that it was a decision I made to check out on retirement. However, I would not have if not for incorrect information from a union steward.