June 19, 2009
"You come. You help now," Ms. Chen told me, panic in her voice. "I have to go," I responded point at the rest of the work crew preparing to board the bus headed back to Manzanita unit. "You
come," she continued, pointing in the direction of the kitchen area. "No, Chen, I'm going back to the unit now," I told her again.
The kitchen hadn't been fully cleaned up by the two inmate cooks before it was time to leave. COII Lee had told us that when it's time for us to leave that we are to drop everything and go. No matter what the white-shirts say.
"Come with me," Mr. Yuslava told me. Following the short, Mexican white-shirt manager, I was lead into the kitchen. "Clean," he demanded, pointing at the industrial size kettle. "I've got to go," I told him. "No, you clean," the manager told me, trying to assert his authority over me. "No, I have to go. Lee told me to go, so I have to go," I explained. A look of anger on his face, Yuslava tried to intimidate me, as I'd noticed over the past few weeks he did to his subordinate white-shirts. Mainly Mary, Chen and the other Chinese ladies. It worked with them. They seemed to fear him and jumped when he said jump.
"I don't work for you. I work for DOS. Lee says my job is done, so you're shit out of luck. You clean up See ya." I told him, turning and walking away. "You're no good!" he responded heatedly. "Bye," I yelled to him and waved as I boarded the prison bus.
The Food Factory has a decent group of white-shirts working with us who treat us respectfully and are even friendly and fun to work with, but Mr. Yuslava needs to learn some management skills as well as social skill if he intends to continue to control the work place. Orangemen continue to loose respect for him and will never respect his authority if he continues to treat his subordinates and us badly, s I believe he is. I've already heard his managerial technique compared to one of a third-world sweat-shop manager's.
There are two COII security guards who9 regularly work with us at the Food Factory. COII L. and COII W. L. is a good person who lets us do our job, does his job, and treats us all like we treat him. With respect and like a person. W. is equally professional and decent, as well as funny and personable. All of the guys like her and it's not only because she's hot (my opinion and other) but because she's a good person who happens to be a Correctional Officer (she's worked for HDOC for many years too).
Overall, I like the Food Factory job. Let's hope that Mr. Yuslava moves or changes. I won't accept how he treats us or the white-shirts, so this may be a short lived job for me. I'll wait and see. Maybe he'll learn and better himself.
Why do people act like Mr. Yuslava, knowing it's not going to prduce good results?
3 days ago