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It is worth noting that people literally fought, bled, suffered, starved and died to win an eight hour work day.
Just because we aren't all working in coal mines or canneries doesn't make our work any less valuable. Somehow the idea that we owe the company a little bit more of our free time each day as a condition of employment has has become acceptable.

Just because you are a salaried employee as opposed to an hourly wage employee in the United States doesn't mean you aren't entitled to overtime. Each time someone works a 50 hour week to stay ahead of the guy working a 48 hour week, it's just like someone who would work for $3.75 an hour to stay ahead of the guy who would work for $4.00 an hour. I can already feel my "rant-gland" starting to ooze, so maybe this is enough for now...