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This is the Presidents' Day weekend here in the U.S., which is supposed to be a holiday weekend. This is one of those occasions that I think of as a minor holiday that only schoolkids get off, but not only does MrsBlue have Monday off, but her office is having a half-day today as well, so maybe its more prominent than I think.

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10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 08:58 xXBatmanXx
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 16:51:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 16:18:
@kanniballl & eDave

Ah, yeah. Just one of the many reasons I'm still baffled that our country has turning anti-union.

In principle unions are good things. Then again, so is communism. In practice it's not even close. I had to quit my last job because I was forced into the union. Forced mind you. Did we lose a war or something? I've actually emailed a few of our politicians asking them to get to work on right-to-work legislation like some of your sensible states have. If someone wants to join a union bully for them, but don't force the rest of the people that don't want to.

Well, Unions are still needed in some areas. I agree they aren't needed everywhere.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2012, 03:33 Paranoid Jack
 
Ant wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 22:44:
I took today off to make a four days weekend.

LoL, I did the same. +2 for you. +3 for me. Thanks to my job they scheduled me to work next weekend so they also gave me Tuesday off too. 1 down 4 to go.

@Cutter, I thought all employers that require you to join or pay Union dues also had an opt out? Where I work I can opt out and give the money to charity. Without getting into the whole Union debate I think they are a necessary evil for lack of better words. Just like an insurance policy if you will....
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 22:44 Ant
 
I took today off to make a four days weekend.  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 16:51 Cutter
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 16:18:
@kanniballl & eDave

Ah, yeah. Just one of the many reasons I'm still baffled that our country has turning anti-union.

In principle unions are good things. Then again, so is communism. In practice it's not even close. I had to quit my last job because I was forced into the union. Forced mind you. Did we lose a war or something? I've actually emailed a few of our politicians asking them to get to work on right-to-work legislation like some of your sensible states have. If someone wants to join a union bully for them, but don't force the rest of the people that don't want to.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 16:18 Paranoid Jack
 
@kanniballl & eDave

Ah, yeah. Just one of the many reasons I'm still baffled that our country has turning anti-union.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 16:08 kanniballl
 
eDave wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 14:27:
Eh... As a contract worker I don't get paid Monday as HP recognizes the holiday. They have so many. Hell a whole week for Christmas! Cost me some bucks. I don't need days off. Get plenty between contracts.

Just ranting a bit.


Ah yes, the unpaid week off for the Christmas holidays. I remember that well -- though not for HP.

When I was a contractor it hurt me in other ways to. The company work-week was 37.5 hours but my contracting company was 40. So if you wanted to get paid for (other) holidays you had to average X hours of the last 7 months or something.

Of course, that week off for Christmas made it impossible to get any holiday pay until after July 4th as it dropped my average below the contractor threshold.





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4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 14:34 nin
 
eDave wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 14:27:
Eh... As a contract worker I don't get paid Monday as HP recognizes the holiday. They have so many. Hell a whole week for Christmas! Cost me some bucks. I don't need days off. Get plenty between contracts.

Just ranting a bit.


I had days like that as a contractor, and the service expected us to come into their home office and file paperwork for the day. So (deciding not to do that) I didn't get paid for those days, either. I also took two weeks of vacation a year, even when I didn't paid for those. But I felt I should be allowed a mental health week every 6 months.

Where I'm at now (in addition to vacation) gives you a pool of 2-3 days a year, and you can use them however you want. MLK day? Go for it. Presidents day? Fine too. Extra day after a holiday? If you have the time, it's allowed.

 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 14:27 eDave
 
Eh... As a contract worker I don't get paid Monday as HP recognizes the holiday. They have so many. Hell a whole week for Christmas! Cost me some bucks. I don't need days off. Get plenty between contracts.

Just ranting a bit.

 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 12:47 kanniballl
 
This is the first time I can remember getting President's day off since at least college.

So, it'll be nice having a 3-day weekend.



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1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2012, 10:22 Cutter
 
Hail to the chief because the chief needs hailing...blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahdy blah.


 
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