scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Subject: Those people talkin' trash about training
Prescott Family (comfort@WAYPT.COM
Mon Jul 31 2000 - 12:45:17 CDT
> >> At the time I worked most weekends to maintain the family house and
> table. I
> managed to get YPG at summer camp but SALT wasn't on offer. <<
> Most of us work. Weekends, days, nights, two jobs. Everybody gets vacation,
> everybody gets some scheduled time off.
I'm sorry to pick on just one part here, but I just had to stand up
and say that the above claim is simply not true! There are many folks
who either really don't have the choice (postal sub-contractors come to
mind) or are at an economic level where missing even one day of work
means the difference between making the rent or not.
My husband was once employed by a seafood company that was working
him so many hours that they were violating laws regarding the amount of
time a truck driver needed between shifts in order to sleep. I actually
witnessed a conversation where he asked nicely to be scheduled for less
hours and was threatend with termination.
To be faced with the choice of endangering himself and all other
vehicles on the road while making sure his family had a roof over their
heads, or blow the whistle on this jerk and perhaps put his family on
the street was a difficult situation indeed.
I only tell this tale to graphicly point out the fact that not
everyone has the luxury of a good employer. Yes, MOST people get time
off when they ask for it, but not all employment situations are so nice.
And sometimes the choice is not "Time off or no time off?" but rather "
Enough for this months rent or not enough?"
Assistant Scoutmaster (Trained)
Former Den Leader (Trained)
And if there was a scholarship for woodbadge, I'd have done that too,
but it costs $120, and that is a good portion of our rent. : )
GOOD Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a
headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle.....
Take two and keep away from the children.