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    nchristine, JerryNA

    ...for the City of Chicago, we had a 35-hour week, with a 7-hour day and no pay for our lunch break. If we worked OT, the first five hours were straight time, and only comp time. Anything beyond that was time and a half, and if no funding had been set aside for pay, you got 1-1/2 hours of comp time for every hour you worked overtime, and 2 hours if you worked on a weekend or on a holiday.

    The bosses didn't like having us work overtime, mostly because we had to use up the comp time within three months, or get paid for the total time, and if we did use it, we weren't available at work. One guy I knew from college did that on a regular basis, with his work piling up while he was off, and having to use OT to catch up (which he never did). They finally promoted him to the supervisor title he deserved, with an attendant pay increase, and made him ineligible for OT reimbursement. He didn't work OT much after that, until he took early retirement.

    Me? I very seldom worked OT. We were understaffed before I retired. The problem was solved by requiring one engineer to start early (leaving early) and one to start late (leaving late). Worked fine until I retired, and a the end of this June, the early-starting engineer is taking early retirement, with no replacement on the horizon.

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

    by JeffW on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:58:21 AM PDT

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