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Overtime story isn't the half of it

Re: Fewer workers, longer hours, Sept. 28.

I just wonder where the Associated Press reporter who wrote the article has been the last 15 years. The story is about a small machine shop in Dayton, Ohio, that chooses to have its 40 employees work overtime instead of hiring new employees. Check out the large auto industries, Carolina Can and office furniture manufacturing, and I'm sure the same practices are in use all over the United States. I have family and friends who work 12-hour days, seven days a week. So what's new?

This has been a burr under my saddle for a long time. Grocery chains, banks, rest homes, you name the business, hire people on a part-time basis and give them just short of 40 hours so the employer has to pay no insurance, no holidays, no vacations. People have to work, but it kind of seems to me the work force is giving up all the benefits millions of people fought for 50 years to get.

Economist Markley Roberts says there is a limit to overtime? You sure wouldn't know it the places I mentioned. If one gets sick or hurt, I'm sure there's no problem replacing them. I don't think they even care.

Helen M. Myers

Spring Hill