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  •  I've been watching this sort of thing (4+ / 0-)
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    ArchTeryx, Noddy, LSophia, Seneca Doane

    for years - from my sister having to come in and sit until there were enough patrons to justify her being on the clock, to my son finally quitting his job bagging groceries because it was either that or give up college.  He was lucky - he was only working for extra money.  He was able to quit.  Some don't have that luxury.

    The hardest thing for me to understand, in all the pantheon of employer abuses, is WHY they won't give a worker a set schedule.  It seems gratuitously cruel. I can't figure out what they gain by preventing their employees from planning anything, from ballgames to family weddings, to Halloween with the kids.  People with these awful jobs can never do anything.  They are absent for every special moment, every special day, in life.  And for what?

    •  In the end... (3+ / 0-)

      ...I think it's a way to guarantee churn.  Nobody, not even down to the lowest worker, has total control over their schedule.  Sooner or later, they'll call you when you can't come, and then out the door you go for good.

      •  You may be right (2+ / 0-)
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        LSophia, Seneca Doane

        I guess that's just as good an explanation as any.  Workers are so devalued that no one wants to pay for experience and it's easier just to bring in a constant stream of newbies off the street.  Morale is obviously never an issue when employees are "overhead" instead of human beings.

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