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  •  It isn't just lousy pay, it's lousy hours (9+ / 0-)

    My granddaughter works retail and she can only find part-time work.  Last year, she worked as a PERMANENT, part-time employee at a local toy store.  During the Christmas season the store hired lots of seasonal employees -- and gave the seasonal employees all the hours.  My granddaughter's hours were actually CUT during Christmas, even though she begged them to give her more hours.

    Then she switched to another retail store, where they changed her schedule every week, which meant, of course, that she could not try to get a second part-time job to fill out the hours she needed to work.

    Why do they do that?

    •  If the permanent employees work too many hours (4+ / 0-)
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      TiaRachel, kurt, happymisanthropy, brein

      and hit a certain level of earnings, then they become eligible for unemployment benefits (in some states).

      I'm sure the stores take that expense into consideration when they dole out part-time hours.  They did the same at the store I worked at.

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      by Chirons apprentice on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 08:57:41 AM PDT

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    •  And by the way (1+ / 0-)
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      kurt

      a cell phone isn't a "luxury" or "consumption" for someone who works part-time retail. Staffing levels for a particular day are determined at the last minute, and the hours go to the first people to answer the phone. Without a cell phone, somebody who works one of those jobs has to stay at home just to wait for a phone call that might or might not come.

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      by ebohlman on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 03:04:27 PM PDT

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