4 July 2013
Blue-collar new norm America: Dadio’s handy manual to break workers’ spirit – The Rule of 168
This entry was posted on 7/4/2013 1:30 AM and is filed under Broken spirit.
“The Rule of 168.”
There are 168 hours in a week and “new norm” jobs ruin every one of them. These jobs offer no pay increases in the foreseeable future (assuming you are lucky enough to even have a job any more). They boast less hours; no-benefits; no sick time; no vacation time; minimum wage; and, seven-days-a-week work at four hours per day wrecking the whole week for 28 hours of pay.
To add insult to injury, they bring you in to work different days each week; and, schedule you for different times each day. These kind of work places have you working such odd and disorganized hours it is hard to look for another job. Their erratic hours make it hard to work a second job if you need one and are lucky enough to find one. And most likely, they will post the upcoming work schedule late in the day just before the new week’s regimen starts. Planning a life is not an option.
The American service economy that has replaced our once mighty manufacturing culture, is ripe for this type of behavior. It is beyond an accident and unintended consequences of a non-manufacturing economy. It is simply mean-spirited and banally evil. It has brought out the worst in Americans – employers and employees alike.
There are 168 hours in a week and these type of work places accommodating the “new norm” out-sourced America and their work hour rubric make sure every minute of every one of those is hours is fucked up.
Note: This blog “Blue-collar new norm America: Dadio’s handy manual to break workers’ spirit” – book version Category is a work in progress. These original vignettes are being edited for book form. Go to the Cooldadiomedia Web site and the Broken Spirit Page for an ordered chronology of the book vignettes (chapters).