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slc dudePerson was signed in when posted
04:01 AM ET (US)
Just wondering haha.
Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
03:28 AM ET (US)
You meant that as a joke, right?

Management wants us to key as quickly, and efficiently as possible. That helps keep our cost as low as we can, and helps our long term survival as a REC.

PSE's are intended to be a flexible work force.
slc dudePerson was signed in when posted
03:19 AM ET (US)
Would it be unfeasible for ops to ask people to key non-live mail slower during the really low-volume times of the day? I suppose most people at the REC key well above the benchmarks, so if people throttled themselves down a little bit when pars is at a trickle, could it potentially ease force outs of PSEs at least a little bit? Without -necessarily- having a negative effect on productivity?
slc vdlPerson was signed in when posted
10:57 PM ET (US)
It ebbs and flows, depending on the needs of the REC. Right now they're letting PSEs work part time if they ask, either 5 6 hour days or 4 8 hour days and giving most days off if asked. It's with the understanding though that when it gets busier PSE's will be expected to work 40 hours again.
SLCstudentPerson was signed in when posted
01:09 PM ET (US)
I was a full time student and PSE for four years, and I always had to work school around work. When I first started I would go to school in the morning and work tour 3, but I always had to stay for overtime calls. Having a paper to write or needing to study isnt a "valid" reason to decline overtime, and my supervisor then told me I'd get a red mark if I decided to decline overtime.

 In the beginning they let me have a part time schedule, but that changed when they required all pses to work full time. So I was very tired, but I got through it. I switched to tour 2 after the first year I worked here and then did a lot of classes online and in the evening. I knew a guy that used to work here who worked on tour 1 and then went to school in the morning. He found a grave shift at another job, but I knew lots of people at school who worked overnights and then went to school.

The only way you get out of overtime is immediately needing to leave due to another obligation they can verify like a second job. Asking your supervisor, or the scheduler for your tour whether you can have less scheduled hours or maybe get a different shift so you can go to school during the day is the best way to go.
slcpsemanPerson was signed in when posted
11:56 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the help guys. Does anyone know any PSEs at the REC who are currently going to school full time? are there many people who actually doing that? And how are they doing it?
SLCstudentPerson was signed in when posted
09:47 PM ET (US)
Thank you.
slc glPerson was signed in when posted
09:28 PM ET (US)
/m40170 Breaks are always 5-10-5. Ops knows when lunches are at 3 hours that we all get an extra 10.

I would only do the "switch yourself to live mail" thing on days when ops specifically announces it.
SLCstudentPerson was signed in when posted
09:17 PM ET (US)
Thanks to everyone asking and answering questions about being a new ftf! It's helpful. I also got converted and moved to tour 3...can anyone enlighten me on how to take your breaks if they call lunches at 3 hours? I haven't received a straight answer. Do you take 2 fives in a row? Doing otherwise would give you an extra ten minute break and I am unclear whether they care or if it would mess up your overall break time for the day.

 Also do they really just want you to switch yourself to live mail if we're low on pars? I'm planning on asking my new supervisor when I find out who that is.
Mr. DerpPerson was signed in when posted
07:35 PM ET (US)
Kolorg, you will receive a step increase, and a raise in your salary, once every 36 weeks.
KolorgPerson was signed in when posted
06:25 PM ET (US)
I don't have to go through probation as an FTF. On the packet I got to be converted, it said pse's working here longer than two 360 day service periods will not be required to go through probation.

Also I am not planning on using much lwop, I just thought it would be a good idea to get some info about being an FTF before I just started doing whatever I wanted to do and later end up getting in trouble for it.

Another question comes to mind as I write this, on the packet it says that as a career employee you will receive regular pay step raises, I am not counting on getting raises often, but can someone tell me how often it happens? Thanks again for the answers guys, I am very grateful to be an FTF and I am counting my blessings every day.
slcrecPerson was signed in when posted
05:35 PM ET (US)
/m40163 If you are a career on probation you better check with your supervisor about the availability of LWOP while you are on probation.
X-stewPerson was signed in when posted
05:15 AM ET (US)
/m40163 If a 40 hour career goes over 1,040 LWOP, he doesn't get any retirement credit for that year.

First 79.9 LWOP doesn't matter for annual, but 80 'loses' you what you earn per PP: 4, 6, or 8. And you'll lose that same amount of annual if you get another 80 LWOP in that year.

Good part is LWOP count resets every year so if you do use some in a year, you start the next year with zero.
Last REC StandingPerson was signed in when posted
03:47 AM ET (US)
There have been long stretches of time where careers weren't allowed to use lwop, and you can expect it to happen again. If you're counting on taking lots of lwop, a career position is maybe not for you.
Abby's MomPerson was signed in when posted
01:10 AM ET (US)
Basically, in a year. They take it from your remaining annual and you don't get it back. If you have used all your annual for that year they will take it the next year. There is a running total on your paystub of the amount of lwop used. Just keep an eye on it and don't go over 79.5 hours.
KolorgPerson was signed in when posted
12:35 AM ET (US)
Thank you for the quick replies, one more question about the 80 hours of lwop thing Abby's Mom, in what amount of time is it bad to go over 80 hours? One pay period, 3 months, a year? And is the lost increment permanent or just for a pay period? Thanks.
Edited 08-13-2014 12:36 AM
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