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Page 13 - We Worked for General Instruments: Part Two: The Conclusion

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/1/1 (247 reads)

at Dominion (food store)--well, Best-for- Less, in the end--but I was still part- time. I was working 40 hours a week 90% of the time. But I was not considered a full- time worker because a full-time worker made $3 an hour more than I did. A full- time worker had benefits; we had none. Our thanks to THE NOVA SCOTIA HIGHLAND VILLAGE for awarding its first "Gaelic Heritage Award" for "caring documentation of the Gaelic Culture of Cape Breton" to CAPE BRETON'S MAGAZINE. November 18,1988 AAAKEFUNOF IN NOVA SCOTIA There's no business like snow business! Hirilling slopes for downhill skiing. Wind? ing trafls for aoss<:ountry skiing snow- shoeing, snowmobiling, and hiking. Be a kid again and make snow angels, build a snowman, have a tobogganing party. There's a lot more to snow than shoveling. Ice is nice, too! Perfect your figure-8 or take your shot from the point, but get those skates on! Create femtastic sculptures and carve your name in ice. Favourite Indoor Sports! shopping After an invigorating winter outing, wrtiat better way to warm up than by browsing through boutiques for that perfect ensemble. Pick up some hand-made sweaters or a Nova Scotia aaft that's just right for the mantie. appetite like being ourdoors. Nothing satisfies an appetite like traditional Nova Scotia cuisine. Or Nouvelle. Or whatever you like. And, when it's time to setde in for the evening, curl up in front of a aackling fire. Now, that's winter. Warm up to winter in Snova Scotia! For a wonderful winter weekend, get the gang together and head for the slopes of Cape Smokey and the shops of Sydney. Don't hibernate. Participate. For more information on great weekend getaway packages, or to receive your free Snova Scotia Discount Book, call our Winter Wonder line. Tbiift' 1-800-565-7105. Come in from the cool winter air to a warm, cozy restaurant Nothing builds an (Still you were putting in 40 hours.) Ninety per cent of the time. Except like January, February, and March, we would go down to 24 hours. I worked back shift, I worked night shift, I worked 6 o'clock in the morning shift. I put in every shift they had out there. I was not considered full-time, and I never would be. My girl friend worked for them when she was 16, part-time, going to school. And she worked for them for 13 years. After 13 years, she got offered a full-time job. ~~ She was full-time for 3 years, and then they closed up. But that's how long it took for-- you know, it was never, never any chance of me seeing a full-time job. (When General Instru? ments was here, were you full-time?) Every? body was full-time. There was no part-time. All full-time. Now, they used to give us $25 a year, Christ? mas bonus, for part- time. (At Best-for- Less.) Yeah. Now, the full-time got a week's salary for a Christmas bonus. So they got $300. And we could be there 200 years and still get $25, because we were part-time. (Even if you put in 40 hours a week.) Even if you put in 40 hours a week. And, okay, I could have gone to the union.... They would go to management: "Darlene worked 40 hours a week. She should be consid? ered full-time." Dar? lene will be working 24 hours a week from now on. Because there have been people that did it. And they've never gotten--24 hours a week was a guaranteed part- time. Bob Liebke (the last general manager at Gen? eral Instruments)--you worked for Bob Liebke. You wanted to work. If Bob Liebke came and asked me to stay till 6:30, I could have the biggest date going at 6 o'clock, and I would
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