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  •  I don't think the 55 hour work week with no OT (0+ / 0-)

    has a political consensus anywhere, even among conservative Republicans. I think your fear is unrealistic. What does have a lot of support from Republicans is the 4x40 work week with no overtime for hours 8&9 each of the four days, and trading comp time for time and a half for those who do work overtime. I like 4x40 and the comp time flexibility as long as the workers are well protected so that they can actually take the time off or the time is paid at time and a half. One of my daughters is a nurse and works 3x12 each week for full time pay. She loves the four days a week off.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 05:40:48 PM PST

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    •  asdf (5+ / 0-)
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      VClib, Puddytat, Tonedevil, drmah, JerryNA

      "as long as the workers are well protected"

      is the key phrase and we've both heard the stories of Walmarts/Mcdonalds/etc abusing loopholes, no matter how small, to get more work with less compensation.

      In my last job, I worked 11 hours M,T, and W, and 7 hours on Thurs and drove home (3 hours one way).  Management was fine with that.  They were fine with it because I was producing faster than they ever thought anyone could.  If I had to take on-call duty, it probably wouldn't have worked out very well.  Where I'm working now, 4x10 wouldn't work out all that well because we are expected to be available during business hours for print requests and other production issues.  I do have on-call rotation with this job.  If I have to do lots of overtime for on-call stuff, the bosses are generally ok with taking comp time that day, or later in the week - as long as production stuff is covered.

      Now, if I were a business analyst... I'd have only the 4x10, 5x8 and not have to worry about comp time.  But, I'm just a lowly computer programmer that the company has deemed to be interchangeable parts and off shoreable should it help the bottom line.

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