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Warning this is a rant.

Called my boss today and told her, "You know, I thought ya'll would appreciate having someone who is willing to work 14 hours every single Saturday, and shows up on time without fail. But, apparently, you don't."

And she answers most sarcastically, "Now, J--, what ever gave you that idea."

"Well, not getting paid, for one thing."

And then she begins to lecture about "your" paperwork, and getting "your" paperwork in on time.

And that is when the shit hit the fan. She got herself an ear full and yet another shift that will, most likely, go unfilled each week.

Ask me if I care. The idea of her on the phone, hopelessly trying to fill a Saturday shift, fills this rebel worker's heart with true satisfaction.

For more on half a paycheck, see below the squiggle.  

Flex This
A little background: I work out in the field, and my boss works in the home office. The Powers That Be expect paperwork to be in the office at 5PM on Monday for a workweek which ends on Saturday. They fully expect me drive across the entire San Antonio metro area, in the wrong direction from my home, and deliver the paperwork by hand. They tell us that they have "a drop box conviently located outside the office."

So, here are my choices. I can drive over there late Saturday night, notwithstanding that I have to be up at 6:30 AM Sunday for another long shift. Or I can drive late Sunday night, never mind that I am exhausted by then, never mind that the office is in a huge industrial park, completely empty that time of night. Or, I can get up Monday morning, on my day off and brave the congested freeways.

No, matter, they can make no exceptions. Nope, absolutely no flexibility on their part, although they expect total fexibility from us. We must spend our own time, use our own cars, and pay for our own gas to accomplish what $1 in postage can accomplish just one day later.

The hourly wage agreement that they signed matters not one bit to them. Welcome to Texas, Land Of The Right To Work For Less. Way less, considering that not only don't we get paid courier wages, but we also must supply the car and the gas, and without so much as a thank you.

Which is why I began to shout, "That is not my paperwork, that paperwork is company property, if that paperwork were mine, I would keep it in my house. You have no respect for my time, my car, or my gas, not to mention, my life on San Antonio freeways."

She began to patronize, "Now, you know, J, that the mail is beyond our control."

"Yep, it's beyond my control also, but here is something I can control, I can drop that Saturday shift right now, and as of today, you can find some else to fill it."

Last Laugh
The Companies intransigence on this inflexible policy of theirs continues to astound me. If a shift doesn't get filled, they don't get paid. But they seem more concerned with maintaining control, even to the point of loosing business. My boss is the one who has to face the clients with the news that their service will be scetchy from now on, at least on Saturdays.

And, Fellow Workers, if you are reading this, and you know who you are, give the Boss a call, and tell her that you are tired of being used as an unpaid courier. Tell her to take her Saturday shift and shove it. Tell her that she should be happy, her late paperwork problem has been solved, once and for all.

The company is no longer allowed to call me about unfilled shifts, but their sad pleas for help to fill the empty shifts crowds my email. And now, when I see my former shift on that list, it will take every ounce of will power that I can muster not to hit the reply button with a big, "Fuck You!"

On Advise To Go aScabbing

Some folks are trying to be helpful by advising that I should go around scabbing on myself. Strange, that when I present a problem as being  a demand for labor without pay, that anyone would think that the solution to the problem is to provide other labor at home without pay!!.

Go Figure!

I guess, I need to spell out. I don't need advise to solve this problem. This problem is solved. I am on strike, and will not be a scab. I am encouraging my fellow workers to join the strike. Some already refuse to work Saturdays for the same reason. This is called a Job Action.

Tabby gets the cream.

Originally posted to In Support of Labor and Unions on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:30:01 PM PDT

  •  Couldn't you fax and then mail original? (3+ / 0-)

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:37:05 PM PDT

    •  not looking for advice, but thx (1+ / 0-)
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      weck

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:42:43 PM PDT

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    •  yeah right, let's help them to steal more wages (4+ / 0-)
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      weck, JVolvo, Oh Mary Oh, Sunspots

      I am on strike and don't care to scab on myself. Striking solves more problems for working people than does accomadating the Bosses in their pursuit of free labor.

      How about when if we all pay the boss to let us work, then will the Bosses finally be happy?

      No, I'm sure they'll still find something to gripe about.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:58:06 PM PDT

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      •  You must feel very secure in your job. (3+ / 0-)
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        JayRaye, Oh Mary Oh, Sunspots

        I am thinking you must have high skill levels for the amount of pay you receive.  I loved the diary earlier that said that there really isn't a skills gap, if employers offered more money, folks with those skills would apply. I applaud your "union" whether it is just you or a group of you.  Hope you enjoyed your day off.  Best wishes.

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:20:31 PM PDT

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        •  My job takes a year of community college (3+ / 0-)
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          JVolvo, weck, BlackSheep1

          but is in high demand, yes, all the more reason to wonder at the bosses stupidity, we are not easily replaced.

          Would love to be in a union again (former shop steward here), but have never found my co-workers to be receptive.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:47:38 PM PDT

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  •  Why can't you fill it out, scan & email it @ home? (4+ / 0-)

    Ridiculous waste of resources all around.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:37:28 PM PDT

    •  at home? more wage theft? not looking for advice (2+ / 0-)
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      weck, Oh Mary Oh

      on how to help them with their wage theft.

      actually, they should provided the envelopes and the stamps at the point of production, not at home, so I have already accommodated them more than I should.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 02:45:06 PM PDT

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  •  That's some pretty good "a" you got going there. (5+ / 0-)

    We just did our "a,e,i,o,u" training, and you'd merit an "A" for that "a."

    And I loved ole Johnny's song back in the 70s when it came out.  Always went well with these two tunes:

  •  Maintain control, to the point of losing money (5+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, weck, nchristine, Oh Mary Oh, Sunspots

    That sums up the policy of the owning class quite well. Money is supposed to be power, after all, and what is power if not power over other people's lives? In short, what good is money if you can't use it to boss others around?

    •  Thx, Seth, you hit nail square on its BlockHead. (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, brae70, Oh Mary Oh

      Mr Block by Joe Hill

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:12:14 PM PDT

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      •  Good old Mr. Block (2+ / 0-)
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        JayRaye, weck

        Please give me your attention
        I'll introduce to you
        A man that is a credit to
        "Our Red, White and Blue";
        His head is made of lumber,
        and solid as a rock;
        he is a common worker
        and his name is Mr. Block.
        And Block he thinks he may

        Be President some day.

        (Chorus)
        Oh, Mr. Block,
        you were born by mistake,
        You take the cake.
        You make me ache.
        Tie a rock to your block
        and jump in the lake.
        Kindly do that for Liberty's sake.

        -Joe Hill

        More Mr. Block cartoons can be found here: http://www.iww.org/...

    •  Thanks 2laneIA (2+ / 0-)
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      2laneIA, weck

      It's already worked, wanted Saturdays off anyway. And this gave me a good opportunity to give The Boss a piece of mind. When I try to leave, I get a big sad story about how they can't find a replacement. They use my clients against me, they know I care about my clients.

      They won't dare beg me to come back this time. They heard how mad I was.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:54:41 PM PDT

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  •  jayraye, i support your right to rant, (3+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, weck, doinaheckuvanutjob

    if not here then where.

    courier work is exhausting, i was a bike messenger back in the '80's in ny. sometimes the desk jockeys forget what it's like to be in the field.

    sounds like you gave her a reminder!

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Mark Twain

    by dear occupant on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 03:33:54 PM PDT

    •  dear occupant (2+ / 0-)
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      I am not a courier. What I am calling courier work is the the errand that they demand of us after our shift is over! It really only affects those of us who cover Saturdays for them. The same errand can be hanlded by the post office, but takes one day longer. They will get the paperwork on Tues instead of Mon, which makes them piss and moan.  So unhappy are they that they with hold our wages for another week

      Like I said before, the boss should be happy, because now that I no longer cover Saturdays for them, the problem with my late paperwork is solved.

      Now she can piss and moan about no one to cover Saturday.

      It's always something!

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:02:10 PM PDT

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  •  London and Konopacki's take on scabs (5+ / 0-)

    scab.jpg

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:06:07 PM PDT

    •  Love it thx (3+ / 0-)
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      Mentatmark, happy camper, weck

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 04:19:35 PM PDT

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    •  One of the few (3+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, weck, Mentatmark

      HRs I've ever received was a result of expressing my opinion of scabs...

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 05:43:06 PM PDT

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      •  You can bash the scabs all you want in this diary. (1+ / 0-)
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        happy camper

        Problem now a days is that we scab not just on our fellow workers, but on our very own selves by allowing The Boss to intimidate us into working off the clock.

        I see a lot of that in Texas.

        Not only is Texas a right to work for less state,

        it's even a right to work for less than nothing.
        (No wage for time, - use of car, - pay for gas, means that we actually loose money on that coerced job assignment!

        Nesxt thing you know, we'll have to pay them for the privilege of working!

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

        by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 06:04:01 PM PDT

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      •  NOT BY ME!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        JayRaye, happy camper

        Unless you wrote about what great citizens they are...

        And even that would not earn a donut.

        Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

        by Mentatmark on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 07:46:57 PM PDT

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  •  Been hearing about this type of problem a lot; (2+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, Oh Mary Oh

    my housemate works for a water company, on his days off he is "on call" since they have been under staffing his department for years. Now he just ignores his work cell phone on off days. The job is also sometimes brutal hard labor when fixing a water leak, so he has a repetitive motion carpal like problem that gets worse when he can't rest the arms on the off days.

    Employers will do whatever they can to exploit.

    One job I had we had to stay longer to make sure the endless paperwork was done. Then they had us correcting old paperwork with constant changes as to how we're supposed to do it at the same time that we're supposed to do new paperwork. And that didn't count all the other stuff I was supposed to do. I got really ticked off when my new a-hole boss had us doing his paperwork in addition. I called in sick that morning, came in to work that afternoon and my idiot boss asked if I called in sick because I was mad at him or if I was sick. I told him both-- and let him have it. I got fired a week later, but I felt so much better telling him off.

    I'm glad you can at least tell your boss off, it helps a bit.

    24/7, it's all 'Great news for Romney!'

    by doinaheckuvanutjob on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 07:55:39 PM PDT

  •  I'd've said... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Either charge them overtime for the time required to deliver the company paperwork that you're mandated by them to do, or just take however long it takes during the workday -- cut off early and take that time to drop it off.

    You solution works, too, though, and is entirely more satisfying. ;)

    •  You are completely ignorant of the situation (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots

      so I will forgive your ignorant suggestions.

      Charge them overtime? Golly gee, why didn't I think of that? They won't pay straight time for that errand, much less overtime. The staff for whom it would entail overtime do have a case. I even have a lawyer ready to take it on, but my co-workers are too intimidated to pursue it. Too bad, it would teach a lot of employers here in Texas a good lesson.  I hear about this sort of thing in lot of work places, not only ours. Different chores that the Boss expects to be done after the end of the paid shift.  

      Cut off early? There is a name for that in my line of work, it's called abandonment, and you lose your license for it.

      In Texas the Bosses like to remind us that they have the right to fire at will. Sometimes, I like to remind them that I have the right to quit at will, or drop shifts at will. It works both ways.

      But I do realize that not everyone has this option.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 10:47:41 PM PDT

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      •  Job abandonment: (0+ / 0-)

        You'd cut off doing your assigned tasks early in order to do another, higher priority assigned task: delivering the papers.  They would have a hard time making a case for job abandonment the 'abandonment' was doing part of your required duties.

        •  Again, I say, you have no idea what you are (0+ / 0-)

          talking about, and evidently no desire learn.

          "Abandonment" is the legal term for cutting out early, and can lead to both professional and criminal action.

          But fine, go right on lecturing working people in all of your arrogant ignorance about how they should handle wage theft.

          "We want no condensing saviors"

          we have better plans in mind to deal with this problem.

          I now consider you a troll in this diary.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 08:05:09 AM PDT

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  •  We can fight as individuals, sure, but (0+ / 0-)

    THERE IS POWER IN A UNION

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 09:54:37 AM PDT

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