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  •  My niece had a chance to work (4+ / 0-)
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    RuralLiberal, qofdisks, Tonedevil, Tracker

    three early morning hours at a grocery store on her way to her fast-food job if only her boss would be a half-hour flexible. Nope, she has to be available to work any hours! Her schedule is never the same and subject to change anytime.

    •  a buddy of mine works retail (2+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, howabout

      for a parts store chain.

      He's considered "part time" even though, as the only certified delivery driver (CDL) in the state (he lives in the shadow of Fort Bragg's gates), he averages 48-58 hours weekly.

      Been with the company 3 years, and is told that there's no "permanent" opening, or "full-time" opening, available. As a "part time" employee on "temporary" status he's eligible for zero insurance, retirement, or similar benefit -- not even a 401K.

      He never knows for sure what his days off will be, as they can be changed and he can be notified by phone call. He drives a company vehicle on the job. His hours are carefully figured to keep them below 7 1/2 hours a day and spread over every day of the week.

      The overtime is going straight to student debt (he has an associate's and still owes nearly $15K on it). He's a vet, and has a service-connected disability (tore up his knee in basic) but the paperwork regs say he didn't spend enough time on active duty (they sent him home on a medical discharge on day 179, after leaving him in medical hold with a destroyed knee -- ACL, MCL ripped out, patella dislocated -- for 120 days).

      Oh, and this kid's white. Can't afford to date. Can't afford to have an apartment to himself (he makes $0.30 per hour over minimum wage) where he lives. If he gets sick or hurt he has to sack up and go to work anyhow, because illness or injury are "unauthorized absences not arranged in advance" and he could lose his job.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 04:43:22 PM PDT

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