Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 15:24:10 -0700

Suzette Leeming wrote:
> It has been my experience that during an interview, a company will state
> that overtime without pay is sometimes required and when pressed, they'll
> say it's only a few hours a week. Then when in the job, the reality is that
> the overtime requirement is 50%+, and to me, that's unacceptable. I'm not
> working for a charity organization to whom I should donate my time for free.
>
>
> My job requires me to work 35 hours a week. I'll put up to 5 additional
> hours per week for no additional moneys. Anything over that is up for
> negotiation.

OMG, Suzette. That sounds so civilized, I know it must be in some
culture older and more mature than the high tech corridors. I'll guess
you work for a European company, or perhaps in the northeastern US or
Canada?

Sorry to say that my work seems to want to own me. A forty hour week
would be soothing compared to the slavish numbers of excess hours I
regularly have to donate to my employer, who appreciatively points out
that if I worked better, I wouldn't have to work OT.

The dream of a 35 hour week sustains me here in employment purgatory.
I'm keeping a copy of this post in my secret shrine where I pray for
winning Lotto numbers, 35 hour workweeks, and the eventual arrival of
automation that actually makes my life better.


>
> Some companies even try to get away with that at CNC machining jobs BTW.
> That's what my husband does and he has encountered that many times. Tooling
> wasn't ready on time so they expect him to stay late or come in on Saturday
> to get the machine set up, but they don't want to pay him overtime.
>
> Regardless of the job, there should be respect and fairness for employees.
>
> That's my opinion, anyway.
>
> Suzette Leeming
> Stouffville, Ontario
>
>

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References:
Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Eric J. Ray
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Rob Hudson
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Jodie Gilmore
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Al Geist
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: John Hedtke
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Suzette Leeming

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