RE: Over 40/Over 50 (WAS: Work-Life Balance (WAS Re: Offered a jo b - need opinions)

Subject: RE: Over 40/Over 50 (WAS: Work-Life Balance (WAS Re: Offered a jo b - need opinions)
From: "Gillespie, Stephen (Contractor)" <Stephen -dot- Gillespie -at- Persnet -dot- Navy -dot- Mil>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 13:30:03 -0500


wow, John, I guess I hit a nerve? (wasn't trying to 'superimpose' anything
on anyone)
- but I believe that 'exploitation' is the correct characterization. That's
why the Federal Labor Laws were enacted - to protect the 'non-exempt'
(non-salaried) worker from exploitation.

I guess my family's pro-union sympathies are showing, but no apologies here.
BTW, aren't you projecting a 'white cottage-picket fence-kids in the yard'
stereotype? That's far from my life (though my wife & I do enjoy our
beautiful 6-week old daughter).

I don't know you, but if "work til 11, party til 4" is your life, all I can
say is NO THANKS.

Steve G.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:JPosada -at- book -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 1:13 PM
To: 'Gillespie, Stephen (Contractor)'; TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Over 40/Over 50 (WAS: Work-Life Balance (WAS Re: Offered a
jo b - need opinions)


> After 5 years, I left a 'Job for Life' with my last employer
> (a Fortune 500 company), where many departments routinely
> require 50+ hours weekly for salaried employees. That's
> exploitation. If the job routinely

Why is it that those who do not fit within someone's idea of what a life
should be are automatically labeled as exploited. It's the same thing when I
hear that working in a metro area is sacrificing quality of life.

Maybe I enjoy my job and I like working at it. Maybe my idea of quality of
life is not a white cottage with a picket fence and children playing in the
backyard, but instead, my quality of life is working till 11pm, then
partying till 4am?

> deadline (but only
> 'occasionally'); if a non-exempt ('timecard') laborer, for
> the overtime $$;
> finally, if you are self-employed (to survive!). I assume
> that you're in the third category.

Maybe I'm in the 4th category...I want to.

Please don't superimpose your values onto other people.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
Barnes&Noble.com
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372

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