MLA teams up with organizations, Convergys employees for meeting discussing options

John Brannen
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NEW GLASGOW – Terry Megeney has spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how everything he’s done so far is going to work for him.

Pictou East MLA Tim Houston puts up a poster promoting a meeting for Convergys employees seeking to learn more about their options for work and education when the call centre closes its doors in late September. The meeting, which takes place on Thursday will be held at the Westville civic building gym and will feature talks from NSCC Pictou Campus, Northern Opportunities for Business Limited (NOBL), Career Connections and Bergengren Credit Union. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS

“I’m still weighing my options,” he said. “I’ve applied for a few jobs but haven’t had any interviews yet.”

Megeney is one of 300 Convergys employees who are taking a long and hard look at what’s next for their lives once the business closes up shop this September.

When he started at Convergys he initially held down another job. When he realized that there were few businesses that offered decent pay and benefits, it became hard to leave.

But after seven years of employment, all that will soon change.

It’s this uncertainty about the future that led him to team up with Pictou East MLA Tim Houston to do something about it.

A meeting hosted by Houston, will be held at the Westville municipal building gym will on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting for Convergys employees will focus on options and preparing for what’s next. According to Megeney, such a meeting couldn’t happen soon enough.

“A lot of people have given up and it’s that mentality for some around the office,” he said. “We’re all just sort of watching time count down so my thought is that I don’t want to see my colleagues give up totally.”

Participants in the meeting include a representative from NSCC Pictou Campus, Northern Opportunities for Business Limited (NOBL), Career Connections and Bergengren Credit Union. Houston invited the participants after several employees had been turning to his office information and advice.  

“My thought process was where there’s one there’s probably many and if we give them an opportunity to hear some different groups it might add some value,” sad Houston. “To the employees it’s a pretty stressful and confusing time for them.”

He noted the community college is receptive and optimistic because they would like to assist those interested in retraining and that NOBL may be able to help any employee looking to start a small business.

“We want this to be positive and want people to know that the community cares about them,” said Houston. “We hope most of these people will be able to find work within the community and we want to do whatever we can to make that happen.”

The meeting will feature approximately 40 minutes of presentations from NSCC Pictou Campus, NOBL, Career Connections and Bergengren Credit Union. The floor will then be open to questions, ideas and concerns.

“Hopefully people will leave there feeling that people are listening, people care and that there are options,” said Houston.

For Megeney, this meeting is the first step in an ongoing conversation about the future of employees at Convergys. He said he’s been putting up posters and chatting with colleagues in hopes they’ll attend.

“We will see what these groups have to offer,” he said. “I hope that by listening to others we can determine the next step. It’s not the end but a new beginning.”

The meeting will be held at the Westville municipal building gym will on Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn

Organizations: Convergys, Career Connections and Bergengren Credit Union

Geographic location: Houston, Westville

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