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  •  Sometimes, you HAVE to draw a line. (16+ / 0-)

    There's pay cuts, there's "you're lucky to have a job" and there's just out and out rape.

    I work as a technician at the University of Michigan (given that I am a Ph.D., I'm already pretty severely underemployed).  My job is temporary; it was meant to last a year, then the funding would run out.

    My boss offered me another year's extension.  The catch?  It was at half-pay.  1/3rd less then the graduate students made in stipend, and quite possibly less then Ann Arbor's minimum wage.

    I told him it wasn't personal, but I could not live in A2 on that salary, and offered him the opportunity to try it himself.  He got really pissy and blathered on about how his kids did unpaid internships to start their careers.  I pointed out that a) his kids undoubtedly got a lot of parental support, and b) landlords, utilities and banks didn't accept "social charity" as currency...and that if that was the only offer on the table, I would be forced to walk, leave town and head for cheaper digs with my family.

    HIS boss came to me later - with an offer of 9 months' extension at full pay.  Still 30-50% less then what I should be making, mind, but it wasn't a 50% pay cut, either.

    There comes a point where a job becomes a negative-sum game...when it costs you more to have the job then it would be to be unemployed.  That was the point for me, and I stood my ground.  It paid off.

    •  Good for you! (2+ / 0-)
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      ArchTeryx, means are the ends

      I've been wondering what's ahead for you.

      I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

      by peregrine kate on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:11:29 PM PST

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      •  I'm not sure.. (3+ / 0-)

        Seems to be equal odds permanently unemployed, forever trapped in half-pay temp positions, or actually finding a career level job and salary.

        But no job can be utterly one-sided toward the employer.  You have to gain SOMETHING by being in that job - even if it is enough money to feed your family.  If there's no gain AT ALL, it's time to leave and seek better opportunities elsewhere.

        •  Can't answer those big questions for myself, (1+ / 0-)
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          ArchTeryx

          let alone you.... But I can say that we're planning another Motor City Kossacks meet-up soon, probably to watch the Inauguration together. Let me know if  you're interested.

          I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

          by peregrine kate on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:18:30 PM PST

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