It definitely sounds like they're trying to push you out. Screw them. We have to make a living just like everyone else. If you want to work then work. Don't let your decision be based on whether or not your coworkers want you there. I don't think any of us are overloaded where friends are concerned. I guess that's just our lot in life. I hope your none of your children experience these conditions that we have. Best of luck.