justalurker66 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:38 pm
How easy is it for you to set your own hours? How much advance notice do you need when scheduling a doctors visit when you're not sick? How much advance notice do you need when scheduling a vacation and how often do you hear "no"? Does your job have dates where if you ask for that day off you might as well resign?
I have been employed at the bottom of the food chain. I have spent most of my life making sure I never have to go back. At that end of the chain one works the hours they are given ... often less than 30 per week so the employer can avoid paying benefits to their "part time" employees. You're not sick so you don't need to see a doctor. Preventative visits are not acceptable. Ask for vacations early and hope for the best.
The good news about the bottom of the food chain is you usually get a schedule for the next week or two or can get on a regular schedule so you can fit life in around the craziness. Perhaps that is a ring or two away from the bottom.
The 24/7 employee? They don't know when they will next work and they can be called to work even on pre-approved days off. With railroad employees that can be as soon as they are legally rested or it could be days later with no idea of the start time of the next shift when one clocks out from the previous one. Time off statistics for railroad employees are skewed by the variable periods between their "12 on". But those 24/7 employees are normally closer to the top of the chain ... start pay for railroaders at the 50% mark for all employed people in the US and average pay for railroaders much much much higher.
I work the same hours every day, M-F, unless I come in for extra OT whenever that may be. It is full time, full benefits, and as long as you tell them, 2-4 days is enough for a sudden day off, or scheduling any kind of medical appointment. No questions were asked for me taking the last two weeks of this year off.
Your horror story sounds like my 15 months at Kroger, ironically a union job.
Minimum wage pay, ZERO PTO, and you're lucky to know your schedule more than 6-7 days at a time, and you'll be working all but one of those days anyway. No thanks....
The starting pay for "on call" folks should reflect that availability need. So should their needs as humans who have lives outside of those jobs.
Avatar: NHV 669 at the south end of the "Pompy" in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.