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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:47 AM
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Any DUers presently employed doing manual labor
Or are we mostly paper pushers? Just curious.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:49 AM
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1. How about paintbrush pushing?
Making art is manual labor, I believe.
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:51 AM
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2. I can't do the 9 to 5 thing
never could..
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:52 AM
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3. I'm a paper pusher now and I'm paid well for it...
BUT.

I've done every from dig ditches in the Denver winter to lug concrete block in the Mile High summer.

I've pushed, pulled, toted, dug, drove, carried and lugged everything from 100 lb bags of cement to 18 foot conference tables.

I'd rather push paper any day of the week.

How much manual labor you think Rove or the Monkey have done in their miserable lives?

Huh?

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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:40 PM
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15. None!
Bush anyway has probably always had a staff of some kind to pick up after him.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:56 AM
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4. I did manual labor of some sort...
... almost up until the time I was fifty, and I've got the back to prove it. :)
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BulletproofLandshark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:26 AM
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5. I'm in manufacturing
I've worked in the bindery area of a press for the last 7 years, working from 8 P.M. to 8 A.M. Wed.-Fri., and then every other Saturday. It's very fast-paced work, and a lot of people can't do it. But it pays the bills and it's nice to only have to work 14 days out of every month.
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:31 AM
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6. No, but I'm outside in extreme heat (like 120 F or more) and dressed
suboptimally in a job that is still very physical.

Done afair bit of manual labor, though, and a big chunk of my main career involved what many consider a dangerous activity under arduous circumstances. Most of my jobs have been very physical in nature, come to think of it. I've never had a job that consisted solely of desk work.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:04 PM
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28. Take care in the heat!
I liked your Phil Ochs quote. Miss his help to us a lot.
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BigB Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:27 AM
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7. grounds keeper
I'm a groundskeeper at a local assisted living center. I most cut grass and fix things
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:09 AM
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10. Welcome to DU!
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:45 PM
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19. Welcome to DU, hope you enjoy it!
:)
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:41 AM
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8. Kind of.
Pretty physical patient care stuff. I'm pretty toned and can now eat cookies sometimes without putting on weight. :7
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:01 AM
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9. I do.
But I also push paper as well. I work at a Foodservice, in which we also operate a Cash and Carry. I toss around cases of wine and beer, along with 30lb cases of french fries, canned goods, 50lb bags of flour, ect... and I deal with accounts receivable. I hurt at the end of my day...summer hours about 50-60 per week, winter hours are 40 per week.

I also have a second job at a restaurant as a retail consultant. Which about another 10-20 hours per week.

My husband works with me at the foodservice. He pulls a longer week there than I do. He works about 60-70 hours per week, and he throws around alot more shit than I do.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:11 AM
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11. I've worked in factories, slaughterhouses and nursing homes.
I would never be ashamed to go back to that (I'm actually thinking about it since I could make more in a factory than I am making now).
In the factories and slaughterhouses my hands hurt more than anything else. In a nursing home (I was an aide/med person) my back and legs always hurt.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:44 PM
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18. I know nursing home work is demanding.
And good for you that you did it. Not everyone can.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:54 PM
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21. I needed the money.
I think that they rip off CNAs. They are paid too little for what they are expected to do and then they call them "unskilled labor". I take offense to that. Any job that you work demands a skill-any job.
IMHO, "unskilled labor" is just a term thrown around to promote classism.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:52 PM
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25. It's the same story all around
With health care institutions. It might be because of the crazy wage differential between hospital admin and M.D.'s and everyone else practically. (although some surgical RN's around here make some good $$). I was in housekeeping and was basically a serf.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:49 PM
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30. RN's can make decent money
but they get awful hours and there is no real respect for them anymore. I have an aunt and a close friend who are both nurses and I've heard the story often.
There is no respect anywhere anymore for the working wo/man. We are supposed to be happy w/ what we get and never ask for anything else. So many work harder than most would ever expect yet there is zero respect given to them.

It makes me want to puke!
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:11 PM
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31. I have always had the thought
that our capitalist economic system REQUIRES women to work for less. The system must be changed. Once women are equal to men in respect to social, economic and political justice we will find much more satisfaction in our work, and I am speaking as a man who has always supported the cause of women.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:23 AM
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12. push paper M-F, then about one w/e a month spent doing handy-man
stuff. also been a carpenter, painter, unloaded trucks, shelf stocker, fast food. i can cut a board, swing a hammer and paint brush, and mop a floor. this city boy can survive.
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FLSurfer Donating Member (350 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:43 AM
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13. At the present I'm a paper pusher
But, I earned the money for my business by doing manual labor.
I'm no stranger to 'real' work.
My family and I moved into our new house last year after spending the preceding three years building it.
We all worked on this thing. Even my, then 11 y/o, daughter was driving nails and fetching tools and wood.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:38 PM
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14. Sounds like you folks put in a lot of hard work.
I did a lot of hospital work myself, mostly maintenance and housekeeping. And yard work and snow shoveling grade school and high school, worked on a loading dock one summer and then did delivery for a several years in hot and cold weather in an unairconditioned vans in a hot city downtown! My current biz is books used and rare and boxes of books are always heavy and I carry a lot of them around. Helps keep some weight off maybe. I write too but that is more mental stress than anything else.
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:41 PM
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16. I type all day on a computer
but it IS manual, after all...

and my knuckles are in great shape!

RL
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:46 PM
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22. Manual by Definition!
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:43 PM
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17. I do both
most days I shuffle paperwork and answer phones, but sometimes I get stuck doing cleaning, buiding repairs and stuff like that.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:06 PM
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34. aha, so on a bad day, you do my job
Once I found out I could do factory work, that is all I have been able to get. Actually before that I could not get anything. Is retail considered manual labor? It pays less than factory work.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:48 PM
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20. I'm a skilled laborer. Union Electrical Constructor.
I.B.E.W. Local 98. I could never work in an office.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:48 PM
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23. Love the unions!
We get a lot of support from them around here at election time.
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LincolnMcGrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:48 PM
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24. Trade Union Worker
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:54 PM
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26. Good for you.
I am always cheered up when I see a car with that union logo. What union?
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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:56 PM
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27. Carpenter, hoping to join electrician's union tomorrow
I've got an interview at 8:00, I've got to get to bed in a minute.
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:05 PM
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29. Union Electrician
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:53 PM
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32. until August 22nd, I work in a kitchen.
then I'm starting my career as a high school social studies teacher.
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:00 PM
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33. Hairdressing and Artist here.
If you call standing on your feet cutting hair for 6 hrs. + with no break manual than I am a manual laborer. It does require a lot of skill for which we are so underpaid, and the benefits suck. I can't afford to buy into the company health plan.
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ChaoticSilly Donating Member (367 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 11:40 PM
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35. Manual labor here
although I sat behind a desk as a dispatcher for a courier company for a few years before asking to be transferred to the warehouse. It's hot in the summer & cold in the winter, but at least I get exercise and I'm not chained to a desk all day.

I'm thinking of making a change soon though, the company I work for has really been letting the working conditions slide the past few months. We're extremely under staffed, half of our equipment doesn't work & management prefers yelling at the employees when the customers get upset rather than actually trying to fix the problems. The worst part is, any suggestion that doesn't come from management is automatically disqualified, then a week or 2 later, someone higher up on the food chain suggests exactly the same thing & gets all kinds of raves about it.
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