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Bette: “not at this point Maryann, I would rather have some coffee, but thanks anyway for the tea.”
Maryann pouted and turned around toward the door swaying exaggeratedly while leaving the office.
Bette drinks some of the hot liquid and keeps reading the report for several minutes. The document is outrageous, the executive board has betrayed the deal with the mediation committee and she has to know why.
Bette: (using her intercom) “Maryann, call Alice Pieszecki.”
The brunette kept reading, and at certain point stopped and used her computer looking for some files; after few minutes Maryann passed Alice phone call.
Alice: “hey, Bette, I guess you are mad.”
Bette: “the hell Al, you already knew?”
Alice: “ah…ehm…, I was just kidding, what’s good, Bette?”
Bette: “the board’s report.”
Alice: “uh… that, yes it’s shocking, right?’
Bette: “so, you knew.”
Alice: “no…, Bette, I just received it, early today.”
Bette: “how early, it’s just 9 a.m.”
Alice: “At 7:30…, hmm, some of us arrive early to work.”
Bette: “I had work to do yesterday until very late.”
Alice: “I know, your meeting with Leigh, I saw you both entering the family restroom in the Planet at 6 p.m.”
Bette: “that’s not your business, and it was quick Al; I passed most of the night working with James and Shane the ‘speed’ project, we finished around 4 a.m.”
Alice: “well, that’s good, it supports James’ alibi for his tardiness today.”
Bette: “Al… please, focus on this, the report, the board is going to fire again good people, have you seen the number? We have well-skilled workers, all our people come from good universities and they have done very good inventions, the board will fire them to avoid their promotion.”
Alice: “well, technically they can’t fire anybody, they are just taking away their job stabilities and avoiding their promotions, then their proposal will come to the mediation committee, which is you, James and me in the next meeting, and we will do as every year, we’ll fight for keeping them as interns… okay, I know…, an intern has a lower salary, and the board will negotiate their job positions with us, in the end, most of them will keep working in here.”
Bette: “oh come on Alice…, they’ll keep working, doing the same or more with lower salaries and no stability, while new people, rather, new victims, will be hired … look, Al, we already discussed this with them, and they promised things will change, but the report says the contrary.”