In my previous two blog posts, I explained that Dickinson, North Dakota has removed the Welcome Matt, and I explained the reasons why. I will not go into these reasons again, instead I will explain what this means, more clearly and more plainly.
If you are living in a different state, and you are considering moving to Dickinson to work, I want to caution you, and give you some things to consider.
The local people in Dickinson do not like workers from out of state. They did not like out of state workers during the oil boom, and they dislike out of state workers even more now that the oil boom has gone away.
Many oil field jobs have gone away, local people are making less money, work hours have been reduced, and overtime hours have been reduced. Some local people have lost their jobs, and some local people are having difficulty in finding a new job. The winter work slow down is here, there will be fewer jobs, layoffs, and it will be much harder to find a job this winter in Dickinson.
During the oil boom, the local co-workers in Dickinson, were often hostile, hateful, uncooperative, mean, and undermining to out of state workers. Now, the local people in Dickinson not only hate out of state workers, they feel that out of state workers are a threat to them in preventing them from finding job, taking a job that could have gone to a local person, or keeping their job while a local person is laid off or fired.
I would not come to Dickinson now from out of state without having a good solid job offer, and a second or third prospective employer. Your prospective employer may be a good person, their management team may be good people, but once you get out to your office, counter, warehouse, truck, route, job site, or oil field, your local Dickinson co-workers may have other plans for you, specifically, you not being here.
In my previous two blog posts, I described something called the “Dickinson Rule”. What this means is, the local people in Dickinson have adopted this rule, where local people are given preference in hiring, promotion, work assignments, overtime, and should be the last people to be reprimanded, demoted, laid off, or fired. People from out of state, are not due equal treatment or fair treatment.
If you are a worker from out of state, be prepared to not receive complete instructions when required, not receive important information when necessary, be given incorrect instructions and information, be assigned faulty equipment, faulty equipment to not be repaired, to not be given the necessary tools, to not receive cooperation, to have your work performance reported as unsatisfactory, to not be paid for hours worked, and to not be paid as agreed. These things are the implementation and application of the “Dickinson Rule”.
I am going to try to write enough about this “Dickinson Rule”, so that company owners and company managers can fully understand and realize that this is happening. I believe that many company owners and managers have spotted some of these things, but I doubt that many of them are completely aware of everything that is going on. Further, I think that there are company owners and managers who do not care.
I also want to write enough about this “Dickinson Rule”, so that workers from out of state will know about this ahead of time. Workers from out of state can plan ahead, what they think that they would do in their particular work situation, when they don’t get cooperation, complete information, correct instructions, fully functioning equipment, all the necessary tools, pay for all hours worked, or the pay that was agreed upon.
One of the things that out of state workers can do, is say, “No, I don’t want to work for you company because of the Dickinson Rule.” If enough out of state workers call this out as their reason for not accepting a job offer, not coming to work, quitting and leaving, then company owners and managers may have to address this problem, and try to put an end to the implementation of the “Dickinson Rule” at their company.