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Sat Mar 21, 2015, 03:08 PM

The Growing Degradation of Work and Life, and What We Might Do to End It

n a recent New York Times' article, former labor editor Steven Greenhouse writes about how employers in the service sector often demand that their employees work shifts that allow them little time for rest. For example, a worker might have to close a night shift on Wednesday and open the morning shift on Thursday:

"At Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, Ramsey Montanez struggles to stay alert on the mornings that he returns to his security guard station at 7 am, after wrapping up a 16-hour double shift at 11 pm the night before."

Given that it takes precious minutes to get home, at least an hour or two to wind down and take care of chores, and an hour or more to prepare and then get back to work the next morning, Montanez probably has to get by on no more than five hours of sleep. If he has children or is responsible for the care of others, then the time crunch is still worse.

The practice of having employees close late and open early has become common enough that there is now a word for it - "clopening." Management justifies the practice by claiming that turnover in restaurant and other service jobs is so high that only the relatively few longer-term employees are sufficiently trustworthy and "have the authority and experience to close at night and open in the morning." Labor advocates say that the reason for clopening is that scheduling is often no longer done by actual managers but by "sophisticated software" purchased by companies.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29643-the-growing-degradation-of-work-and-life-and-what-we-might-do-to-end-it


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Sad that the only economic game in town is degrading all life on this planet ...

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:00 PM

1. Over 20 years ago.........

I was at the negotiating table for our union. We negotiated that there had to be at least 10 hours off between shifts. If there wasn't then 4 hours of the scheduled shift had to be at time and a half, whether or not it took us over 40 hours for the week.

It stopped us from being scheduled from evening shift (off at 11 am) to daylight (coming in at 7 am). I guess we were some of the first ones around who understood "clopening".

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 05:18 PM

3. I did retail for 8 years...

 

6 of it as management (management in retail just means you get paid more weekly than the others, but work many more hours). Clopening sucks. I had to do it a lot, and tried very hard to make sure the people working for me didn't have to very often.
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Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:52 PM

2. from one who works in a nominally "white-collar" and "respected" job, I can attest

 

that we're feeling it too. Unless you are a member of the owing class, things are getting worse.

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