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  •  sounds like kentucky river (0+ / 0-)

    or at least shades of it

    •  They passed an amendment (0+ / 0-)

      to the Fair Labor Standards Act making most IT workers exempt. I'm not sure when it happened, but it was more than 10 years ago.

      •  made it easier (1+ / 0-)
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        denise b

        to ship a lot of them overseas.

        I now work in IT, so I hear you.  In fact, I'm also an exempted employee.  I have a great office and a fantastic boss, but my previous position wasn't like that at all.  Being an exempted employee gives all the power to the employer, as a worker, that just sucks.

        My hope is that we can really change some of our labor laws with a new Dem administration AND more Dem congress critters.  Mostly, I want to make sure that decisions like Kentucky river don't stand.  PS, my mom's a waitress and the Ohio Assembly (Republican) tried to classify her job as well as thousands of other kinds of jobs as exempted from the minimum wage increase that Ohio voters pushed through in 2006.  The new Dem Governor vetoed the bill when the previous R governor seemed to have forgotten it was going to be on his desk.  I wonder if Taft really forgot or just didn't like the bill.  Suppose we'll never know.  My mom's salary went up from $2.25 an hour to over $3 and she just got another pay raise this month.  She started waitressing at Perkins in 1974 with a starting wage of $1 an hour.  It's taken her 34 years to get from $1 to $3 an hour.  Sad doesn't even cover how that makes me feel.

        •  Omigod (0+ / 0-)

          I hope she gets decent tips at least. How can anyone live on $3/hr? That's quite unbelievable.

          I used to bitch and moan about working unpaid overtime and being on call. I was the only one who did, and I know people thought less of me for it. I think it's so outrageous - you pay me a fixed salary and in return you get as many hours a day as you want? - but eventually I figured out why no one else objected. It's a status thing. It separates them from the hourly workers. Calling someone a 9-to-5er who leaves at the end of the day, instead of doing whatever it takes to finish as much work as gets piled on, is a big insult. Unions are looked down on.

          And when I tried to raise people's consciousness, the answers I got were "it's just part of the job" and "that's why they pay us the big bucks". They really believe that's why their salaries are high. Hah! They pay you as little as they can get you for and not a dime more. Basic economics.

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