I have posted on here a bit over the past 14 months or so about df's boss.
The run down is basically df has been working at this company for the past 15 or so years.
This boss came in about 2-3 years ago, never had a managerial job before. His background is army medic.
The boss has cut a lot of things from the employees in this area of the company, but other areas under other bosses are still running the same way they have for years. The employees see this boss cut things like overtime for them, and then the boss gets a new company vehicle and fuel card when previous bosses have never had that privilege.
Dec 2014 df was told he was being taken off his shift for 3-4 months to do training. Df told his boss he wasn't happy as we are a single income family and it was a big blow, but the boss was adamant.
Df completed the training in record time, but still hasn't moved up to the next pay level, because he hasn't completed a "competency" test. Whenever df asks about it, he is fobbed off.
Df went to work last week, saw this boss arguing with df's immediate manager. After this, boss walks over to df and tells him he is coming off shift again "to give everyone a fair go at working the shift hours". Again, df tells his boss he isn't happy, he is being put at a disadvantage, boss doesn't care. Df tells him we have a wedding to pay for, boss says "do you?" (He knows full well, they've talked about it previously.)
Df finds out one of the guys going into shift does NOT want to do it, he can't handle the night shifts. Boss doesn't care.
Df finds out from his immediate manager the argument before his boss came over to tell him was because the boss wanted the immediate manager to tell df- he didn't want to do it because he knew df would be upset.
This boss "manages" his employees through fear and threats. Eg df asks for a day off (so I can work and he can watch the kids) but boss says things like "I'm changing the roster soon", meaning if df asks for a day off again, he would be pulled immediately off shift.
The latest now is that df has gone to work tonight and looked at the roster and it only has his name down for the next two weeks, and everyone else's is down for at least 6 weeks.
1) df is full time so he has to be working *somewhere* and at *sometime*
2) this boss is doing it to bully df, because df isn't afraid to stand up to him and say when something isn't right
3) he is trying to upset df enough so that he quits, and df is at the point where he really wants to. If he could find another job that paid on par or better he would be done.
So I know it's a quick overview, and I understand if you have questions because I'm a bit wound up over the whole thing myself and so on probably not making sense.
But I'm curious as to what you would do in this situation. Would you go to the union? Shut up and take it? Quit?
I'm really looking for what df's next step would be so any help is appreciated.