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  •  I have held a lot of jobs in my life, (23+ / 0-)

    many of them quite underpaid.

    I'd say a delusion common to many employers is that employer "goodwill" towards employees counts somehow as in-kind payment, and can compensate for crappy pay. They have our best interests at heart, after all. We should just be grateful.  A perfect example of this was a nutty executive manager at one company where I worked who made it a point to take his brown-bag lunch into the employee lunchroom. You know, hobnob with the "little people." (: Problem is we saw right through him and his threadbare shtick. We knew he had no intention of paying us a living wage. He was ostracized.)

    Another employer, more recently, offered an independently produced "training video," to employees who wanted to "improve." Problem is, we ourselves had to spring for the thing. We only got half the purchase price reimbursed upon successful completion of the video. I had other issues with this employer, too. Like the amount of unpaid time I spent "on call." Uh-uh.

    I could tell you many other such stories.

    They get away with this garbage because the straits the job market is in. They figure they have a pool of people who won't talk back, or give them flak, at all.

    I'm all for disabusing them.

    Thanks for the great diary. Tipped and rec'd.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:05:31 AM PST

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