My name is Angela and I live in Ohio. I work for the Salvation Army for almost five years, or should I say, I did work for them. I ran a smaller thrift store (known as a satellite) entirely by myself for nearly 5 years. I was told that due to insufficient funding of that store from the previous manager putting the store into such a substansial debt that it would only be possible to hire a single part time employee only AFTER the store was gotten out of the debt and more consumers coming to keep the sales increase up. I could go on and on about the things I did single-handedly to not only increase the sales, but to also aquire a steady supply of "regulars", and so much more.
I was hired through the Lima, Ohio, branch and worked in Lakeview, Ohio, where the satellite was located. My pay checks came from Cincinnati Ohio, where the district head quarters is located. Three weeks ago on February 14, I was notified to come in to the Lima office only to be told that they were deleating my job. That I and the only other employee that I had worked so hard to have, only had our jobs until March 4. Not because they was closing the store entirely, but Cincinnati (DHQ) decided to cut their losses and give the store to a Catholic Social Serives Unit for them to restaff and rename the store.
However, that didn't happen entirely the way that I had thought that it would. I was told that the store was still being run as a Salvation Army thrift store. So, my job was not deleated, I was only replaced. In fact the only thing that changed is that they now have more hours. And it appears that they also have more employees.
And I found out this morning that I can't file for unemployment, because as a non-profit organization they can choose either to give benifits or not and the Salvation Army doesn't.
I would like to know if anyone has any advice. Can you tell me if a company that is so large and spans throughout the world can dismiss employees without good cause and fill in with new people, leaving the others without a care, no unemployment, or insurance? Is it legal to close a buliding and reopen under the same name and restaffing without reason to terminate others?