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  •  Not just IT workers -- (7+ / 0-)

    who are well paid compared to other "professional" or "managerial" workers.

    This tactic of applying rules for really well paid executives to us peons goes way back. Hell, I've worked plenty of crap jobs where a pretty title and fifty cents will not get you a cup of coffee, because you'll work too much overtime to drink it.

    There is a whole slew of labor sectors where people aren't paid overtime. Assistant manager of the local taco bender? Why, son, you're an executive!

    Take heart, IT brethren and sistren. Lawsuits have been filed and won on this subject before. Though I don't how that would pan out against an act of Congress.

    •  OTOH (2+ / 0-)
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      bluicebank, kurt

      I worked at a large Swiss bank as assistant test coordinator (i.e., the one that did the actual work). I was expected to be at my desk before 9 a.m. in order to print out test results for the analysts. Despite the fact that I created macros and tools to allow them to print everything out for themselves, I was expected to do the work for them.

      However, at the time, batch tests could not be made before 6 p.m. due to limited capacity on the host system. This meant that I had to work until midnight, actually running tests and monitoring the runs.

      One night I worked until 2:30 a.m. and had to get a taxi home. I got into work at 10:30, and was informed by some of my colleagues (who were very angry), that my resignation had been announced at the monthly department meeting, with the comment from the department head that i "seemed to believe that I had to work too much!"

      The only things that kept me sane were copious amounts of coffee, and the fact that the computer was unavailable over the weekend from 6 p.m. Friday.

      At least I got overtime paid out at time and a quarter, but that didn't compensate for near run-in with a nervous breakdown. But the department head didn't understand why I wanted to leave such a lucrative jop (less than $300 a month above the minimum for my pay grade).

      FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

      by Spoc42 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 08:11:56 AM PST

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    •  That's exactly the problem. A Democrat (3+ / 0-)
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      jillwklausen, Jim Neal, kurt

      in Congress is proposing this. Sounds like the hand of ALEC.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 08:17:30 AM PST

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