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View Diary: This week in the War on Workers: Eric Cantor's plan to give bosses added power over the clock (56 comments)

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  •  Let's go back to (8+ / 0-)

    the early 1900s

    This will mess with all of your lives. They will make you work 16 hours on the days it suits them and send you hoe when business is low. They will not let you take your comp days. They will frown if you not use them when they want. They will fire whoever does not comply. They will create ludicrous schedules incompatible with any family live.

    •  Plenty of companies already do this. (7+ / 0-)

      My husband has had 1.5 days off since Easter Sunday. Some employees who are not so aggressive at getting time off have had none. They are being paid time and a half overtime but are not allowed to have any time off on the weekend. Several employees will miss their children's high school graduations in the next few weeks. My husband will miss our nephew's graduation and the party we are hosting for him. No one in management cares. They are getting their weekends.

      •  I used to worked for a small consulting firm... (7+ / 0-)

        ...that had 8.5 hour days, five days a week.


        They used to have 8-hour days, and a half-day on Saturday. Since it was a small, family-owned operation in Lake Forest, IL, the daughers-in-law complained, and the 8.5-hour day was the result. We received straight time for that extra half hour.

        It came to a head after I had left the firm, when they insisted that a new field man they had hired just before I left for another firm, had to stay and do janitor work, every night. He protested, and got fired. Then he complained to the Labor Dept., and everyone got checks reimbursing them fo the extra hours.

        It came in handy for me at the time, as I had been let go from the newer firm because of loss of Federal project funds during the Reagan years.

        Just guess what the politcal bent of the owners of that small firm were.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:08:03 PM PDT

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        •  Had a similar experience (2+ / 0-)
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          JeffW, Calamity Jean

          Back in the 80s at my first job out of college (as an engineer), I was told that the standard work day was 8.5 hours.  An old timer at the company told me that it had originally been 8.5 hours a day M-F, and a half day on Saturday.

          Since engineers are exempt employees, they were able to legally do this.  Eric Cantor's plan just seems like an effort to spread this sort of screw-over to currently non-exempt employees.

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          by TexasTom on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PDT

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    •  I believe it goes further. (2+ / 0-)
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      nchristine, TexasTom

      Many CEOs, if they had their way, would make all of their corporate work sites like FoxConn. Any idea of work life supporting non-work life would be obliterated into the memory hole.

      I don't have words from corporate bosses stating as much, but I care much less about what they say and watch what they actually do repeatedly.

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      by RockyMtnLib on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 02:40:17 PM PDT

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    •  my only union job (1+ / 0-)
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      Was like that.  When we started ( 411 operator) we were busy busy busy and I'd work 13 days in a row.  And then the other building came online and we got slow slow slow.  People were given 2 full weeks of time off ( unpaid of course )

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