I Have Some Odd Shifts this Coming Week
As many of you may have read previously on a different website, I accepted full-time hours about a month ago at my job of sixteen years. I had hoped to retire in the near future, but then I realized that it would be a while before that would be possible as I am still in debt and need to get those bills paid before seriously considering retirement.
The shift I was offered was 8pm to 4:30am, but another full-timer wanted that shift, so now I work her two days off. I work that shift of 8pm to 4:30am mostly on Monday's and Tuesdays, but I work her old shift of afternoons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The only time I stray from this basic shift is when someone takes vacation. Then I am scheduled a combination of my semi-normal shift and a midnight person's shift too. Therefore, my second and third weeks as a full-timer I worked several 10:30pm to 7am shifts.
July 4th work week, 2014
This next week one of the three other night time full-timers is taking several days off surrounding the holiday. Instead of working what I did previously, I'm working some normal shifts and some that I consider to be odd ones too. I did ask for next Saturday off to attend a baby shower and I'm not sure whether that is partly the reason why I got these oddball shifts or if more than one person is taking the whole or part of the week off.
Tomorrow, Sunday, I have a fairly normal day as I go in at 2pm and work until 10:30pm. Then on Monday and Tuesday I have my normal 8pm to 4:30am, which by the way are not difficult for me as I have been a night owl most of my life. Normally I have Wednesday and Thursday off, but this week they have me working on Wednesday and instead I got Saturday off as requested. So, I'll get home on Wednesday morning around 4:45am and I have to be back to work in the afternoon at 2pm. Friday, I was hoping to have either a complete day or complete night shift, for I heard that if I did work 8 hrs on a holiday that I'd bring home an additional $100.00 just for that day. But, woe is me. The person that has the normal 8pm to 4:30am shift asked for that day off, so I get to cover her shift. I'll still get paid time and a half, but for only four hours not the desired 8.
Then I have Saturday off as requested and on Sunday I have a whole shift and a portion of another. So I'll be working midnight to 8;30am Sunday morning and I'll have to crash as soon as possible so that i can get a few things done that day as I'll be heading back to work at 6pm on Sunday evening and work until 2:30am on Monday morning.
Our union contract states that they have to give us at least 8 hours between shifts. I'm sure this won't happen very long. I found that others have worked this type of thing before too, but not very often.
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