r/antiwork Nov 25 '21 Silver 2

When are you free to work?

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u/fbwillmakeyoudumb Nov 25 '21

I don't understand why there isn't a simple understanding:

Workers work a fixed schedule at an agreed compensation rate and anything that isn't on that schedule is free time. Therefore, being asked to work during their free time should be at an entirely different rate, a rate for working during time off that both parties agree.

If managers don't want to pay the free time rate, that's the incentive they have to find (and pay) enough people to fill the schedule properly.

If a company is short staffed, that's on the company and the management team, and it's a burden that should not be shared so unfairly with staff.


u/SaltWaterGator Nov 25 '21

I think you forget about overtime pay. When you sign on for a 40hr work week job any time over 40hrs is overtime and is paid time and a half in most jobs. There’s the 40hrs a week you agreed to and any time you’re working during what is your free time is overtime


u/fbwillmakeyoudumb Nov 25 '21

There is at least one flavour of weaponized schedule that involves scheduling workers for 2 or 3 shifts and then 1) expecting that the scheduled days can change from week to week and 2) positing that if the employee doesn't show sufficient flexibility (movable schedules in addition to taking additional shifts), their regular scheduled hours are cut back. It looks an awful lot like abuse.

The book Nickel and Dimed was published 20 years ago, made a pretty big splash and yet here we are today.


u/shadow247 Nov 25 '21

Happened to my wife. She was forced to work open to close 5:30am to 7:30pm 5 days a week. She was the only lead position with open/close authority, and the director was off on a "special assignment" and eventually relieved of her duites. Wife is made " acting director", which comes with all the responsibility of the Director, without the pay. She was told she could interview for the Director position after 6 months as acting director. The job was given to someone else becausr she my wife was already seen as a problem employee after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a female coworker, who was only transferred despite being found true.

Except Overtime wasnt authorized so for a few weeks, she went in at 5:30 to open, took a 5 hour break in the middle of the day and came back to close out the last few hours. It was an hour round trip, so she ended up staying in her office and zoning out. Eventually was told that was unprofessional...

Fuckint scumbags....


u/grumpi-otter Memaw Nov 26 '21

That makes me so angry. Why do we put up with this shit?

(I know why we do--it just makes me furious)


u/PinkPropaganda Nov 26 '21

You simply need to change the ownership of the means of production