Work, damn you!

An inconvenient snowbank (Fagstein file photo)

An inconvenient snowbank (Fagstein file photo)

So blue collar workers had put in so much overtime hauling away snow that they reached the 70-hours-a-week limit set by law and had to take a day off before going back to work.

Media reaction to this was:

  1. To explain that the reason for this law is to protect everyone’s safety and it’s better to take the day off now than in the middle of the next snowstorm
  2. To question whether we need more blue collar workers or should consider staggering their work hours instead of using them all at once when a snowstorm hits
  3. To point out that blue-collar workers are humans, who have been without a contract for a long time, and who haven’t gotten paid for all their overtime in the past month
  4. To call on citizens to do their part to make snow clearing faster and easier
  5. OUTRAGE! How dare they stop working when they’ve only put in 70 hours a week?

I would think the answer is obvious.

3 thoughts on “Work, damn you!

  1. Jill

    Wow. The hand-wringing! The outrage! The day-off/clear-on-the-weekend solution sounds totally rational to me. But maybe that’s just because I’ve lived in Toronto where the snow-clearing “strategy” is like an Aero commercial: “just let it melt.”

    Other things that work: exhale, take transit, walk more. And I think it would be fun if they would turn bike paths into cross-country ski trails in winter.

  2. Tim

    Need to change the style of your numerated list to type=”A” to make it clear it’s a multiple choice question.

    Up until half-way through, I was thinking how much of a breath of fresh air it is to have the Journal on strike. Only after three well thought-out and articulated points did I start to suspect sarcasm. =)

    @Jill: “Just let it melt” is zen enough… I had to recalibrate my “chi” this morning when a water main broke down my street, and the water had nowhere to go because all of the sewer drains were under more than six inches of snow and ice.

    I keep trying to think of ways to morph bike paths into ski trails too. It seems in Canada we try to fight winter. I say we should look for ways to use winter’s energy to our benefit. I’m tempted to check out how they do things in Sweden or Norway; I get the feeling Scandinavians are more in tune with winter than we are.


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