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Two weeks later...

By maecuff ·
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I'm starting my third week as a factory worker. I'm tired all of the time and everything hurts. We had today off, but I understand, that beginning tomorrow, we're working 12 hours each day, 7 days a week. I put a Dennison Fastener through the tip of my finger on Friday. And I have a splinter in my *** from sitting on a stack of pallets. (I won't have to learn THAT lesson again). We've tried just about everything to get it out. My husband wants me to go to the Doctor to get it out, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I'm going to try bikini wax in a few minutes. And even worse than ANY of that, it dawned on me that I am NEVER going have time to get my hair done. We can't have this. I'm going to have to do my own hair! I don't do hair. I'm no good at it.

I'm pretty sure that I'm going to start losing members of my staff. They aren't going to be running presses for very long before they jump ship. My boss and his wife came over to our house last night. He's on the verge of walking out, himself. It seems as if the place is crumbling from the inside out.

I've re-read this and tried to find a point to my post and there really isn't one.. I'm just rambling because I can. :)

I haven't been able to stay on top of anything here. Have I missed anything good?

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by maecuff In reply to Spent too many years doin ...

no overtime or bonuses. I do have 4 employees who are paid hourly, so they are raking it in right now and that makes me happy.

We had our first round of replacement workers show up today and had to ride the prison bus with them. There weren't any incidents. Everyone is tense. Usually, when we're waiting to get picked up in the morning, it's loud and boisterous. Not today. You could have heard a pin drop.

One of our major customers came to our facility with one of our competitors to look at the tools and molds. I haven't gotten the word yet, but I think we may have lost that business.

I'd love to walk, but at this point, I'm not ready to do that. I want to wait it out and either get laid off, or be able to find another job before leaving this one. Being locked in for 12 hours a day makes the whole interviewing process difficult. :) Give me a few more weeks and I'll probably leave, though.

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While it is very easy

by jdclyde In reply to Nope

to sit back and give advice from my easy chair, no one really knows the full situation better than you.

I am very confident that you will handle this well. Was just putting back into the fire on how even without the strike, they weren't exactly all peaches and cream to you and your future.

got me fingers crossed for you though.

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When you do different work you are entitled to OT

by stress junkie In reply to Nope

The Federal regulations are fairly clear. When you are doing work that is mostly cerebral then the employer doesn't have to give you overtime pay. However, when you are doing work that doesn't require a college degree or equivalent then you are entitled to overtime pay.

You could call the local labor board. See if you can at least get some money for your time.

Regrarding the splinter I would use a safety (one sided) razor and just cut the darn thing out.

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by maecuff In reply to When you do different wor ...

That is very interesting. I didn't know that. And I will look in to it, Thanks!

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Wording in job description might make a difference too

by jdclyde In reply to When you do different wor ...

When you are salary, your a$$ is pretty much theirs to ride to their hearts content. :0

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by maecuff In reply to Wording in job descriptio ...

if in my job description, it says "other duties as required", I'm pretty much screwed..

It's starting to ramp up here. More people, threats, and such..

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And the best part is

by jdclyde In reply to So

after all this time of you teasing me, it turns out it is really YOU who is getting stuck in the butt!


"I don't care who you are, THATS funny!"

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I guess

by maecuff In reply to [b]And the best part is[/ ...

I have to accept that with good grace.. :)

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Generally management have no resourse

by JamesRL In reply to So

If your title is management, and you have "other duties" essentially you are a slave to the company. It may be different in your jurisdiction but its a pretty widespread rule.

Sorry to hear about your challenges. I'm glad I am no longer in a unionized environment. I don't think I could handle assembly line myself, and added to that the pressure of crossing the line - hope you can destress when its over.


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Just call your labor board and find out.

by stress junkie In reply to So

The only opinion that matters is that of the labor board. Just ask them.

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