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‘The Yellow Vests Noticed ‘

Reader Annie posted a great comment under the St. Stephen’s St. Agnes DC elite prep school post, titled “Give Me My Yellow Vest.” [1] Below, she calls it “St. Alban’s” [2] — an elite boy’s school in DC; Jesse Jackson’s sons Jesse Jr. and Yusef attended there — but she’s also talking about SSSA. I know “Annie” personally, and can vouch that she really did work for the one percent in Washington:

As others have said, there’s been some great posts here recently, but this is the one that strikes me as the most important because it’s what the powerful least want to talk about: there is no workshop called “How St. Alban’s, followed by the Ivy League, secures your lasting and permanent privilege to manage the masses.”

Redbrick points out how much worse it is than pre-1789. He’s right. They teach contempt for the people repairing the bridges when it’s icing or salting the roads at 3 am. We have articles from the big outlets about robot bigotry, cataloging attacks on robots around the country. Silence on the men, women, and families suffering in the 24/7 economy, manning the gas station in exhaustion under lurid lights at 3 am. The entire economy and culture is a destruction of the ability of the majority of people to grow roots, be stewards, have some say over their lives, and build some kind of stability. It is this way because we have never been good at managing input/output. We take from one area and when that dries up the wealthy go take from somewhere else. Silence on the people living in the ruins.

Silence on how the H-1B visas transformed the field of IT, the field that was sold to Americans as a chance to have a middle-class lifestyle as manufacturing plants were shut down. What happened? Nearly 30 years of the H-1B program being used to avoid hiring American workers, crush the wages of the Americans they were employing, the virtual hostage-taking of their American workers by threatening them with unemployment if they protested against the 80-90 hour work weeks demanded of them, and then told they were racists not standing in solidarity with their immigrant co-workers if they had any complaints.

This ruling class is engaged in one of the greatest farces any elite has ever attempted: they preach the saving religion of intersectional self-examination of privilege while being the biggest benefactors of a privilege they zealously guard: the privilege of credentialism. For all their stated concerns about the poor and minorities they preserve a system where monetary wealth and a public platform are beyond the reach of the working and welfare classes. It’s a system where the middle-class door-knockers who attempt access are, more often than not, punished with a lifetime of debt. It’s a system where all the talk of access and free schooling are a joke to make their conscience a little clearer in order to avoid the elephant in the room: not everyone can be the HR manager of Procter & Gamble. Not every little girl will grow up to run for President. The empowerment of the few to live without limits comes at the cost of the many being able to live at all. They have no intention of leveling the playing field. They speak about compassion for the immigrant but have no desire to change economic policy to stop pillaging the immigrant’s country of origin. It is all pitting people against one another in the hopes no one will notice that their child will get the best. And DC is the number one living monument to this willful cognitive dissonance.

I, like a few other commenters here, am from DC. For a time I occupied the strange position of working in places just like St. Alban’s; of being friendly with the parents of people who sent their kids to such places, of being close to people who, if they have children, will send their kids to such places (or purchase 1.3 million dollar house, the Cape Cod-ers once built for returning WWII veterans, in the best public school districts). Their children grow up hearing, quite sincerely, a religious worldview in which the Democrats are liberating people from oppression, where college will one day be free, where manual labor will magically disappear, where Republicans are literal-actual-Nazis, where small towns worried about opioid deaths deserve to die because someone there watches Fox News, and where it’s okay to pay your Peruvian nanny under the table, deny her health insurance, ask her to work 75 hours a week, and be annoyed if she wants to take a flight back to Peru once a year to visit her grandchildren. And while I’m focusing on the convenient myopia of the progressives, largely because they overwhelmingly dominate the Big Ed/Big Gov’t/Big Business trinity, please don’t think I missed Trump’s gross nepotism with all its parallels in the Republican party. This is what the elite do: reproduce their privilege. The system of meritocracy and credentialism is allowing them to consolidate it at a simply astonishing speed.

I hope their children see the dissonance. There are some actual good workshops at St. Alban’s that other commenters share, but do any of them make the jump to how we actually live and what we can actually do to address that privilege? Or is self-examination something we like in theory but only want practiced by those less materially fortunate than ourselves? I pray the children see that this system of eternal self-examination of privilege has one main beneficiary: their class of credentialed upper middle class technocrats and their 1% rulers. I hope they connect that the woman working overnight at the 24-hour Giant isn’t sending her kids to Yale. I hope they realize that the sexual liberation preached by the universities, the liberation their parents had the money to flirt with but ultimately protect themselves from by marrying late, is one of the things which has robbed the children of the poor of the stability absolutely necessary to thrive. I hope they see the disconnect between the stranglehold on credentialism from Big Business, Big Education, and Big Government, and how that is the privilege which keeps millions in debt bondage and tied to a system of waste and destruction that extracts wealth and concentrates it in a few cities and a few neighborhoods.

There’s a massive amount of time, money, and energy directed at getting us not to notice. The yellow vests noticed. The question is, will they notice enough to reexamine the self-serving myths which created this system, or will they seek only a bit of tweaking to help those myths serve themselves a little better for a few years? In the end, what can’t go on won’t go on. The mines are not bottomless, the top soil can be eroded. We can make the world a desert. Will we?

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76 Comments To "‘The Yellow Vests Noticed ‘"

#1 Comment By Thomas Hobbes On January 31, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

Hmmm says:
I sympathize with Annie’s laments, although as some
commenters point out, it’s exaggerated or misguided in places. One specific question I have for her or others: Credentialism. Could that be defined and the problem with it explained, in very concrete, real-world terms? I’m genuinely interested. I mean, I’m aware of some general critiques of meritocracy (though less aware of what practical alternatives or mitigations are proposed — without which the criticisms seem quite airy). Is that what Annie has in mind?

James Fallows wrote a very interesting (to me) article about credentialism and it’s relationship to meritocracy in 1985. It covers a lot of topics that still seem relevant today: [3]

#2 Comment By Lert345 On January 31, 2019 @ 4:38 pm

MH – Guardian of 10^-21 Percent of the Galaxy

They lower wages because they are more willing to take contract jobs. No health insurance, no 401k, no paid sick time, and the reality of no employment stability. One of the inevitable consequences is the conversion of more and more permanent jobs into gig jobs, made feasible by bringing in ever more people willing to do them. And it snowballs.

Contract workers, which comprise a large part of Google’s workforce, staged a walkout last year over these issues.

I agree with the other posters that 80+ hour workweeks are extremely rare.

#3 Comment By I Don’t Matter On January 31, 2019 @ 4:50 pm

Several things can be true at the same time:

H1B program is counterproductive and should be scrapped and replaced with offering of a green card to qualified applicants.

H1Bs are not the destroyer of jobs for Americans, and are a distraction from real issues affecting middle class (e.g. healthcare)

90-hr workweek for engineers as a regular occurrence is not even remotely common

#4 Comment By LouB On January 31, 2019 @ 5:05 pm

RE: “Sally says:
All I can add to Annie’s excellent post is the view from the ground here: a high-priced liberal suburb where the public schools are filled with the kids of doctors, lawyers and professors. ”

Yep, same here in our bastion of the same upper middle class persuasion.
Your suburb has no unique claim to pompous sanctimonious posturing.

But the thing is, the same pablum was being fed to the little darlings in the same schools 50 years ago. And I imagine that the useful idiots at the front of the classrooms then were of the same background as their counterparts today.

Some things never change.

#5 Comment By GaryH On January 31, 2019 @ 6:19 pm

Annie has both brains and balls, as we rednecks say.

Reckon that’ll get her defended by the lefty elites? A woman having balls does sound nicely transgender.

Anyway – our ELITES despise us with as much passion as they can muster. Our ELITES move populations so that they, the ELITES, can get richer and richer still. It is the new slave trade.

#6 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

But the thing is, the same pablum was being fed to the little darlings in the same schools 50 years ago.

In 1968? No. We were just beginning to rebel against a very different pattern of teaching. And this is not what we were seeking.

#7 Comment By MH – Guardian of 10^-21 Percent of the Galaxy On January 31, 2019 @ 7:17 pm

@Lert345, I agree they have an effect, but I think it is smaller than offshoring where the wages are even lower.

#8 Comment By Elizabeth Burton On January 31, 2019 @ 7:45 pm

The commenters say “80-hour work weeks are rare”, ironically proving the existence of the privilege Reader Annie discusses and revealing just how deeply embedded it is in those of the class she describes.

If you can’t earn a living wage at one job, and you have kids to feed and clothe and house and otherwise provide for, you work two or three. Often where staff is kept as minimum as possible to ensure higher profit, so you’ll work maybe 15-20 hours on the clock and one or two more off because you can’t afford to lose the job. This is reality as poor people live it, and there are nearly 50 million of them who are still barely managing to stay afloat.

#9 Comment By REM On January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

“Why are their descendants now expected to hang around their dying communities and wait for one of the political parties to come up with some government program to fill their lives with meaning? What is wrong with suggesting that they do exactly what their ancestors did under similar circumstances?”

Sometimes I want to throttle people who are so flippant, so Ben Shapiro-style Republican. I pick on Shapiro because he is a popular face for this kind of Repub economic policy and welcomes that position. Maybe people realistically have no choice but to move but stop acting like it’s no big deal to ask it of them and anyone who resists is just lazy and looking for a handout. Every possible alternative to shifting populations should be explored and exhausted first. For many people having deep roots in place and family are what makes their life meaningful, not jobs or careers. What about the 55 yr old blue collar worker who has a big chunk of his retirement money tied up in his paid-off home in a now depressed real estate market because some big corp employer decided to off shore his work to make shareholders more money? He’s supposed to leave family behind, sell at fire sale prices and take his equity to another job market (if he can even find anyone to hire him at 55) where it will buy him next to nothing and take on another 30 yr mortgage that he might be underwater on in a few years if the job market shifts again? What about his desire to be close to his grandkids? What about his aging parents and his desire to take care of them in their decline and now he can’t do it because they can’t sell and move with him either without losing everything they worked for thinking it would provide security in old age. Should he just turn them over to the tender mercies of the welfare state once they’ve paid down everything they own for their ‘care’ and what about the cost burden of that care (which he always WANTED to assume) now being shifted onto unrelated tax payers? What about the salt-of-the-earth kinds of people who think that living close to extended family so they can gather together on a regular basis, not just fly in for a few days at Thanksgiving or Christmas, is a life priority – a family answer to a ‘Ben Op’ community where they look out for and help each other survive the ups and downs of life?

I have nothing against Ben Shapiro personally or his Orthodox Judaism – not at all, I admire his religious commitment. But every time I hear him smugly, and without a shred of empathy, say that people should move to wherever the jobs are I want to ask him how he would feel if the only work he could find to support his family required him to work Friday nights and all day Saturday and obtw, don’t expect any sympathy from others about how that would intolerably burden him and his family and the life they want to live. Would he resist such a burden with every fiber of his being or would he submit to his circumstances as readily as he thinks those who need to move should submit?

These kinds of sacrifices should not be necessary in a country as rich as ours where our tax funded infrastructure makes it possible for the rich to be rich and they get far more than their fair share of the public ROI benefit. There needs to be a consequence to draining a region dry of profits and not getting to move on scott free. Nor should anyone blithely accept such sacrifices as tolerable tradeoffs in service to Mammon.

#10 Comment By Fran Macadam On January 31, 2019 @ 9:25 pm

Xanadu, as you know law firms specializing in H1B give seminars on how to falsely advertise for American workers, while making sure none get to apply or are immediately weeded out. Everyone involved is on board with making sure Americans and lawful Green Card holders are excluded, to cheat the system. Because lawyers are involved, somehow that makes it all legal. Of course ethics and morality or basic fairness have no place at this table.

#11 Comment By Mark Krvavica On January 31, 2019 @ 9:33 pm

Today I ordered a Pyramex RVHL2910 Type R Class 2 Yellow Vest from fullscorce.com, I should receive the Vest in a few days. I want to send the ruling class in Washington City a message: I’m noticing them for their hypocrisy and will not look the other way anymore.

#12 Comment By anon_the_second On January 31, 2019 @ 10:06 pm

There is no solution to the problem of the 1%ers barring the Sweet Meteor of Death, or a less terminal equivalent, or a miraculous and much hoped for widespread conversion of hearts. Reason why, every single human has a boundless drive to do right by their children. It would be unnatural and weird for anyone, rich or poor, to NOT go all out to give their children the very best they can. The 1%ers are no different from the rest of us in that respect.

The problem, of course, is the definition of “the best”. That is why it will take the conversion of individual souls to Jesus Christ for these people to understand that “the best” may NOT be $35K pa private schools, but rather a life deeply grounded in faith, nature, and community.

Let us all pray that our rich and privileged brothers and sisters may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

#13 Comment By Martin On January 31, 2019 @ 11:11 pm

This is a purposeful extermination of the lower classes.

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#14 Comment By Thomas Hobbes On January 31, 2019 @ 11:50 pm

Elizabeth Burton,

Nobody is disputing that there are lots of workers in the US working 80+ hours a week and barely getting by. The disagreement is over whether this is common among IT workers (who typically make above the median income and in many cases 6 figures). There are actually a good number of people with upper middle class jobs already who pay a few thousand out of their own pocket for training courses to get into this field. There are companies that will use the threat of being forced to leave the country on their H1B recipients to get them to work extra hours, and those companies should be punished, but those people are still getting payed good salaries. If you want to feel sorry for somebody, feel sorry for all the people working 80 hours a week on multiple service jobs and still making half what those with H1Bs make.

#15 Comment By Hmmm On February 1, 2019 @ 12:55 am

Thanks, Hobbes, for the article recommendation, I’ll take a look. And thanks, Annie, for the response.

#16 Comment By Nate J On February 1, 2019 @ 1:13 am

@Another James:
“Why are their descendants now expected to hang around their dying communities and wait for one of the political parties to come up with some government program to fill their lives with meaning? What is wrong with suggesting that they do exactly what their ancestors did under similar circumstances?”

– – –

For one thing, nobody in the civilized world is giving out massive tracts of land for free.

The circumstances that built America were truly exceptional. I won’t bother saying more since Matt in VA has already delivered the definitive take-down.

#17 Comment By Tom the First On February 1, 2019 @ 4:42 am

While I don’t think our situation is as bad as France in 1789 (more about that later), Annie makes a number of good points. Allow me to offer some others:

First: To commenters Hmmmm and Thomas Hobbes: In concrete terms, credentialism means that an organization will require academic achievements as conditions for hiring and promotion. People who work at organizations with credentialist cultures do not ask: Is this person good at this type of work? Instead, they ask: Where did this person go to school? What degrees did he or she earn? Many people with elite educations have an exaggerated belief in their capability to solve any problem that they encounter. The chapter “The Rise of the Educated Class” in David Brooks’ 2000 book, “Bobos in Paradise,” explains this well.

Credentialism has been eroding the traditional American ethos of competence for some time. When he was editor of the New Republic in 1996, the late Michael Kelly wrote a column about how he (a graduate of the University of New Hampshire) was underqualified (in terms of credentials) to be an editorial intern at the magazine he headed.

The best critique of credentialism can be found in Michael Young’s prescient book, “The Rise of Meritocracy.” Originally published in 1957, the book imagines a person, who looking backward from the perspective of the year 2034, describes the corrosive social effects of decades of “meritocracy.”

Re: IT workers: Steve Jobs illegally colluded with other tech companies to prevent Apple employees from getting hired elsewhere at higher pay. Meanwhile, he broke securities laws to increase his own compensation. These actions are described in the documentary, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” – [5]

The commenters who are skeptical about 80 hour weeks of IT workers are certain of what they know. But what are the limits of their knowledge? I worked as a (non-IT) contractor at a Worldwide Firm that Supported Work-Life Balance, and found it a very congenial place, with reasonable work hours. Occasionally, I would work at a different office of the Worldwide Firm, outside my department, wherever there was a spare cubicle. One day, I sat down at my Desk for the Day in that different office, and heard two employees compare their soul-crushing (60? – 70? – 80? hour workweeks). At least I’m not crying on the train when I come into work now, one said.

While we’re not at a 1789-in-France-level crisis, U.S. society faces some deep, intractable problems: The post-2008 economy has pushed millions of people out of the workforce, and out of the middle class.

In today’s France, what did the credentialed elite decide to do? To lower taxes on the wealthy, and to raise taxes on people who had been barely scraping by. And those people put on the yellow vests.

#18 Comment By JonF On February 1, 2019 @ 6:24 am

Re: If you can’t earn a living wage at one job, and you have kids to feed and clothe and house and otherwise provide for, you work two or three.

I have known some people who had two or even three jobs. But those jobs were part time– the third job especially might be something they do for a few hours of Saturday. So no, the hours don’t total up to 80– they’re lucky if they can parley 40 hours from the combination.

Re: One of the inevitable consequences is the conversion of more and more permanent jobs into gig jobs,

I’ve seen this claimed, but this really isn’t a trend as I’ve also seen the hard stats behind it. There are more “temp jobs but the usual pattern is for people to work for a company that supplies temporary workers– when I was at Big Wall Street Bank our mail room, receptionists, and security were all of that sort. But they’re still W2 workers, not independent contractors (though they may have very limited benefits, at best). The benefit of this for the main company is that they can hide a lot of labor costs since the temps are expensed under “vendor purchases” or something like that, exactly as if they were paper for the printer.

#19 Comment By WEG On February 1, 2019 @ 8:12 am

Annie: “WEG: Why do I get the suspicion you want us to ask about your credentials?”

Nobody should care about my credentials, and they would or should not impress anyone. I agree there are plenty of credentialed empty suits in the world, and many insightful and philosophical people without credentials.

“The experiences of MBD/Tucker Carlson/Matt/Rod/myself, summarized into a few paragraphs or books, that elicit a “Yes, I noticed that too,” are frowned upon by you because… you know better?”

I’m not sure I understand what the word “experiences” is supposed to mean here, because I wouldn’t criticize those. I meant to criticize the analyses being offered, not the experiences, especially with regards to the quality of the factual underpinning.

Reading your words again, especially the words I quoted in my first comment, I see very little “experience” and lots and lots of “analysis.” And certainly Carlson and Matt and MBD are all offering analyses as well.

Anyway, forget about me, if I could do anything it would be to get people to listen more to people like David Bahnsen (I called him Stan, Stan Bahnsen was a Yankee pitcher in my youth, alas), the NR guy who was linked to in the Carlson comments here.

Bahnsen starts out by being charitable to Carlson, pointing out that Carlson is not wrong to be concerned about what he is being concerned about, but then writes this:

“However, what makes Carlson’s argument so palatable to so many is his underlying presumption that ‘forces’ are out to get the common man. Tucker hardly hides his contempt for somewhat unidentifiable evil spirits — the ‘ruling class,’ the ‘private equity model,’ the ‘rich people,’ the ‘mercenaries.’ I went to great lengths in my book to discourage such imprecise language when describing the alleged foes of society, but I certainly understand the rhetorical benefits.

“Tucker fully knows that he has not accurately portrayed the entire story of what “private equity” means in the American economy, or what a corporation is supposed to mean in a dynamic economy. He knows the emotional heartstrings are pulled easiest when demonizing forces that actually are quite amoral. I do my own argument no good to try to set the record straight about those barbs Tucker launched: His motive was to set the tone rhetorically and emotionally, and he did so effectively, even if dishonestly.”

Let me add another voice, this time more in response to the recent link by “Matt” to GK Chesterton’s forward to Dickens’ _Hard Times_. It’s Kafka’s line on Dickens, as quoted by Milan Kundera in _Testaments Betrayed_.”

“Heartlessness masked by a style overflowing with feeling.”

That’s what I get from reading Carlson’s words, or Daugherty’s, or Matt’s: heartlessness. Heartlessness masked by a style overflowing with feeling. When your analysis is based on the combination of “imprecis[ion]” and “demonization” Bahnsen is talking about, it is ultimately, in my view, heartless. In Carlson’s case in particular – I admit to being biased against him, I think he employs smarmy techniques on his show – I think it’s obvious he doesn’t care a whit about the “little people” he claims to be speaking for, I think he’s just using them as an instrument to raise the status of his own (idiotic, to me) ideas or policy preferences.

To circle back to the “credentials” thing, well, there was recently a good piece here by RD on what an idiot Wilbur Ross is. But why does Trump have a Commerce Secretary who is an idiot? Because anyone qualified/imaginable as Commerce Secretary who wasn’t an idiot would either have to resign, in response to Trump’s idiotic policy ideas, or else by forced to resign by Trump, because of their constant objections to Trump’s idiotic policy ideas. Now maybe I should be accused of some sort of Credentialist Crime here, but actually I think this is just a common-sense observation that anyone paying minimal attention to the Trump administration should be able to make. This has been the pattern with Trump’s entire cabinet, hasn’t it?

#20 Comment By Lert345 On February 1, 2019 @ 9:28 am

Elizabeth Burton

The refute of the claim of 80 hour workweeks was in regard to the IT industry.

#21 Comment By Another James On February 1, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

Matt in VA,

It might surprise you to learn that I am not a Republican, nor a wage slave in a corporation. I live on a small farm in a majority Black community in rural Florida. I teach at the local community college. I am an assistant pastor at my church.

I take your point about the difference between moving and seizing. It’s a good one.

What would seizing (or as you put it, SEIZING) look like in a West Virginia town? I imagine all kinds of possibilities, but none of them that I can come up with seem appealing. This is an honest question.

#22 Comment By JonF On February 1, 2019 @ 6:22 pm

Re: The commenters who are skeptical about 80 hour weeks of IT workers are certain of what they know. But what are the limits of their knowledge?

I brought this up first– and I’ve worked in IT or IT-adjacent positions since 1993. I have never had an 80 hour work week, or anything close– and I even do some occasional work on the side (by 1099) for a small software company in Michigan.
I don’t doubt some people have had an occasional 80 hour work week (though I think that’s more likely for healthcare workers). But I’ve never seen it anywhere I’ve worked. And I suspect that when it does happen it’s going to be at a handful of top flight firms (Google, Microsoft…). That not where most IT people work. In fact, a good many of us (most?) aren’t even working for IT firms, but rather as IT personnel at assorted other businesses.

#23 Comment By Hound of Ulster On February 1, 2019 @ 6:52 pm

When Tradcons and Marxists are in agreement on the destructive nature of Modernity…I think we might have something to work with here.

I would exercise caution, however, as revolutions tend to get out of hand in ways that the people starting them cannot foresee, often in a very bloody fashion.

A 70% marginal tax rate, a la what AOC is pushing, should be good start. Less money for ‘woke’ corporate types to play around with…

#24 Comment By arrollycu On February 1, 2019 @ 9:58 pm

We desperately need a new “Old Left.”

Without the presence of the Old Left and its socialists, communists and anarchists there is no longer any available critique of the massive power corporations have.
Even today people don’t have the words to describe how to handle the destructiveness of these corporations. The political philosophies of liberalism and conservatism offer little guidance, probably because they trace their history to before companies were large enough to have this much power (liberalism itself actively supports it, conservatism shouldn’t, but does). It’s socialism and Karl Marx that put words to what was to come, but in 2019 people can’t look to the Old Left or Karl Marx for any guidance because they have been convinced from over a century of propaganda that doing so will lead to Stalin walking through the door and gulags popping up across the country.

As much as the Democrats like to say they support various worker friendly programs, at heart they don’t. And for good reason; they have nobody to hold their feet to the fire. The Old Left did that, they offered a counterweight to the power of corporations and forced their policies to be adopted (end of child labor, minimum wage, 8 hr work day, weekends, unemployment, retirement, etc).

The “left” we have now is not really a left. A commitment to social justice, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism offers nothing. Companies love it, if you don’t believe me check out their websites. Try searching for “{Company name} diversity” and I bet you will find almost every Fortune 500 company (not Berkshire Hathaway) declaring their support for all sorts of “left” causes, but not a whimper about unions. And of course they do, those causes don’t challenge anyone in power or any power structure. If they did, then the companies would never support it. What happens when a worker is reprimanded or fired for violating some social justice/diversity taboo (say a James Damore)? Does the “left” have his back as a worker who is speaking out against the power of big business? Of course not, the New Left is leading the mob for corporations.

We need a new Old Left that will take aim at both government and corporate power, like they used to do.

#25 Comment By Brendan from Oz On February 3, 2019 @ 6:31 pm

“I brought this up first– and I’ve worked in IT or IT-adjacent positions since 1993. I have never had an 80 hour work week, or anything close”

I take it, then, that you have never worked 24×7 on-call support for critical systems? I have in the past and my brother still does – rarely 80 hours but occasionally and regularly 65+ hours. I can’t recall getting much sleep in the build up to and the event of the Sydney Olympics.

I was 24×7 on-call when our Public Sector union sold us out at a stacked branch meeting, denying overtime for senior IT staff working on critical systems because their equivalent Clerks weren’t getting overtime. So I went from being paid for out-of-hours support to not being paid thanks to my union.

Unions are great in theory but not so great in practice, in my experience.

#26 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On February 4, 2019 @ 12:46 pm

I’m going to throw this out as a thought experiment:

Intersectionality is the opiate of the intelligentsia.