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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 11:46 PM
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107. This may be why this is happening...
Edited on Fri Dec-02-11 11:52 PM by CoffeeCat
I'm not the expert, but my husband is a tech geek. He was laid off a few months ago, and I've learned
a lot about the field--just from listening to him talk about his job and his experiences
as he looks for full-time employment.

This legislation may be happening because of the trend in the tech field. As we all know, corporate
America is greedy as hell. There is a huge trend in the tech field to contract out work. Then, companies
don't have to pay benefits, pensions, or health insurance. My husband is having NO PROBLEM finding
contract work. Since he is not salaried, the companies are required to pay him overtime.

This seems like a growing trend in the IT/tech field--and it is also a trend in my field PR/Marketing/Writing.

I think this trend will continue because it lowers costs for corporations. Paying those benefits is
quite the cost, I'm sure!

Corrupt corporate America has collectively realized that they can hire contractors and save money--but oh no--they
have to pay these people time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40! Gee, it sure would be nice to exploit
these people and make them work 40,60 or even 80 hours a week--but paying them overtime would cut into
profits. Plus, if they can make a contractor work 80 hours a week--without benefits or overtime--they
could probably start laying off more people. What a win!!

One thing we know for sure, if a bill like this is being introduced--it was because corporate America asked
for it. Seriously. The corporations bribe our politicians via campaign contributions (and probably with
insider stock tips as well), and our elected representatives craft the legislation that helps the corporations
make millions and rip off the peasants.

That's exactly what is happening here.

And what's even more disgusting about this--is that contract IT guys are usually in a more desperate situation--like
my husband. They need the work. It's not a stable gig, like a salaried job. So, they take the work--even long
hours--because of the uncertainty of not knowing when the next contract job will materialize. So, if they ask you to
work 80 hours with no overtime...you're practically forced into doing so. Most IT guys are professionals and many
with families. These guys are used to making high salaries, so they're trapped. Plus--like us--we're now forced to pay
$600 monthly for health insurance (with high deductibles and co-pays), so there's another reason why the work is
so important. They've got us over a barrel so why not exploit us some more by cutting overtime?

I'm so frickin tired of these bastard, criminal corporations using the United States House and Senate as their
own personal playground. It's unjust and it ALWAYS, ALWAYS harms the people!!!!
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