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- From: "Ray A. Pixley" <rpixley(--nospam--at)erols.com>
- Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 22:01:16 -0500
> There is usually a role for everyone sincere enough to offer his or her > services. It behoves the "leaders" to judge the capacity of any individual > and re-delegate according to the capabilities available. This as fitting in > times of chaos as in normal circumstances. I hate to throw a wet blanket on this discussion, but don't keep your hopes up that this will actually happen. Bureaucratic screw-ups and political favoritism are more likely. For example: Shortly after the Northridge earthquake, the company I was working for then was contacted by LA county to supply experienced structural engineers for building inspections and rehabs. The company was based in New Jersey and I was one of those engineers (20+ years experience, etc., etc.) The request came on a Friday and I was told to be ready to report in LA on Monday morn, provided I got a call. I also just completed a job and was looking for work. But no call came. When I went back to find out what happened, I was told since I wasn't a member of a minority race, I didn't qualify, at least according to LA county. I turned in my ID and Amex card, and the next day applied for unemployment. Being I can't sue or afford to sue for discrimination, I could do nothing else but just move on. Thus, the statement "It behoves the 'leaders' to judge the capacity of any individual and re-delegate according to the capabilities available" is a fairy tale. Expect major screwups instead!
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