before everyone gets all worked up over the pay it would be interesting
to find out how many hours are involved. She is probably working
weekends (time and a half or double time) in addition to her normal 40
hours and afternoon shift (5% shift differential).
When I was a maintenance foreman 23 years ago my people made close to
$100,000 but we also worked almost every weekend.
That $100,000 23 years ago was setting up GM for the trouble they are in
today. Twenty-three years ago I hired on at a major chemical company at
$36,500 a year. And that included lots of hours of weekend work and no extra
pay for it. It was simply expected. That's with a Ph.D. and a post-doc under
my belt. In other words, very highly skilled. That was the average starting
salary for a Ph.D. chemist. There is no way on earth that any auto-worker
was worth $100,000 back then.
The seeds that were sown at GM back then are bearing bitter fruit today.
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