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View Diary: Democratic Senator To MORE IT Workers: No More Pay For Your Overtime Work (262 comments)

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  •  Spot on (8+ / 0-)

    Most companies fail to understand that if IT is a core need of your business (and for most it is), then you SHOULD have staff with extra bandwidth for when things break. It's like having insurance.

    Personally, the last time I was an hourly IT employee with overtime past 40 hours was a little over 10 years ago. I only got that arrangement after walking into the owner's office (IT consulting firm) and told him if he wanted to keep me and the gravy train he had going, he had to pay me more and make it hourly with overtime past 40 hours. Otherwise, I was going to walk out the door and he could consider this meeting my resignation.

    I was young, single and had nothing to lose. And it worked. It was another 6 years after I left that job before I was making that kind of money again. Adjusted for inflation, I'm still making less now though. I averaged about 15 hours of overtime per week.

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