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I know this may sound selfish but I hope sequestration does what the fear mongers foretell .Working in a meat packing plant 60-70 hours a week is a tuff haul.My hands ache like a little old woman's,my legs are like spaghetti and I don't even want to talk about my back which was broken on a parachuting  accident in the army.What sequestration means to me and many of my fellow workers is a end to mandatory over time. I can't even begin to tell you how much this job would improve for me a hundreds of other workers if our work week was just 45 to 50 hours a week. It would give time for muscles to heal and a chance to catch our breaths and see our families.So I am keeping my fingers crossed ...Its just a shame that it would take that to give us work-able hours I have yet to understand the economic reasons that make all that over time beneficial maybe some of you with business experience can explain the economic benefit to the company instead of hiring more workers..Thanks again for reading

Originally posted to lightarty on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 03:04 PM PDT.

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  •  I'm horrified to hear that mandatory OT is legal (2+ / 0-)
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    lightarty, FloridaSNMOM

    it seems like it shouldn't be

    Thanks for letting us know. That such workers should have to contemplate working until 70 is a joke.

    I know what it is to do physical work but nothing like that. I'm in my 40s with 2 rotator cuff tears and disc problems in my back and neck, and bursitis in my feet.

    People with desk jobs make the rules. And it seems like mostly it's rich people with desk jobs since the average person in Congress is in the 1% now, as far as I know.  I don't think I would have these issue with a more sedentary job (I am not naturally sedentary so would get up walk around etc)

     You deserve rest. You all deserve rest before you hurt yourselves. That kind of schedule in a physical job is crazy and abusive.

    The requirement of overtime in that setting is extraordinary-Dickensonian.

  •  if that's what it would take to make your work (2+ / 0-)
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    lightarty, FloridaSNMOM

    more bearable, go Sequester!

    as to why employers may be doing this forcing of mandatory o'time instead of adding workers? my DH the accountant says the employers MAY think this will somehow save them on benefits. without actually having any idea whether or not this would work out better for them (employers).

    that's all we've got.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:35:20 PM PDT

    •  if that's what it would take to make your work (0+ / 0-)
      my DH the accountant says the employers MAY think this will somehow save them on benefits. without actually having any idea whether or not this would work out better for them (employers).

      I think that's right. Insurance, SS match, holiday/vacation/sick pay, overhead. Have heard it said total labor cost is 2x salary. If so, even if they double your pay they're still 25% ahead vs hiring a second employe.

  •  Slippery Slope (2+ / 0-)
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    brae70, FloridaSNMOM

    More OT, more call offs, more FMLA, more staff has to fill in for absenteeism.

    But forced OT is not illegal, and one can always "quit" -as they like to say in our new "Right to Work" - you to death, world.

    In a capitalist democracy - every dollar is a "vote" ... spend wisely ...

    by RUNDOWN on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:58:24 AM PDT

    •  I like that - "right to work you to death". (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, RUNDOWN

      I hadn't heard that one before.  The sort of conditions described in this series go hand-in-hand with the decline of the labor movement.

      "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." M.L. King, Jr.

      by brae70 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 04:47:24 AM PDT

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