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rateslady
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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
rateslady   2/28/2012 6:25:48 PM
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Yes, Keith, you are right. that's why I am the "rateslady!!"

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
kdawson   2/28/2012 5:44:53 PM
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@rateslady: Never had paid overtime in my life!

That's because of your rates (/me ducks).

The way the law now reads, as I understand it, is that those making a fixed salary of less than about $23K, or an hourly salary of less than about $54K, in a tech field like programming or database admin are elegible for overtime. The law is 20 years old; the Web didn't exist when it was written. 

rateslady
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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
rateslady   2/28/2012 5:31:24 PM
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IT workers get overtime? Cool. Never had paid overtime in my life!

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Re: IT Overtime
kdawson   2/28/2012 4:56:24 PM
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I did find some sources. I'll work on that and see how it develops.

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IT Overtime
Tom Murphy   2/28/2012 12:52:45 PM
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@keith: Keep digging to find that story! I'd love to read that. Don't want to jump to any conclusions, but it sounds like a nightmare if they're really talking about eliminating OT for tech workers.  I can understand that for managers, but what about line workers, or those in manufacturing plants (the few that are left...).

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
kdawson   2/28/2012 7:17:06 AM
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But, a potential blog might be one where IT is run as a union shop?

I saw news a few days back (and can't locate the link now) that Congress is looking at a bill that would eliminate overtime for IT workers. Sounds like a perfect issue for a union.

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
Tom Murphy   2/27/2012 10:26:14 PM
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If you ever take your BP with one of those freebie machines, make sure you sit still for a while first. (When you're waiting for a prescriptiion, you've got time.) Otherwise, you might as well spin the wheel of fortune. But, I agree, it's nice that they're there. It's little touches like that that help consumers believe that a company actually cares about them.  (Thrifty drugs used to sell ice cream cones for 15 cents a scoop. Kids used to DRAG their parents into the store, and the parent would remember all the other stuff they needed.) 

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
Tom Murphy   2/27/2012 10:23:36 PM
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I didn't like the idea of an ATM when they first came out, but now I hate waiting to talk to a teller. I didn't like self-checkout lines in supermarkets, but I realize now they're three times as fast. And I won't like the idea of a self-service machine for my morning tea until I taste it. If it's cheaper and good, I'm for it. But trading in gizmos...? That ain't gonna fly.

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
rateslady   2/27/2012 10:10:46 PM
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Keith - Thanks for the answer. I have very strong feelings on the topic of unions that I won't go into here.

But, a potential blog might be one where IT is run as a union shop? What would be the pros and cons (not that it should ever be recommended)?

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Re: Coffee? How about Healthcare?
kdawson   2/27/2012 10:03:28 PM
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I didn't understand why union members don't like the self-checkout line?

Probably because they think it costs them jobs. The stores insist that it doesn't take away any jobs.

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