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01-12-11, 03:14 PM #1Premium Lifetime Member
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O/R wants to know (overtime to survive)
O/R wants to know: do you feel as though you have to rely on overtime to make ends meet?Check your feelings at the door!
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01-12-11, 03:36 PM #2
I don't, no.
Some of my co-workers probably do though.
We get tons of overtime - so much that I typically turn it down because I get enough forced OT that I don't need it. But, I also don't have any kids or big expenses, or debt other than my mortgage.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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01-12-11, 03:47 PM #3
I learned a long time ago not to "rely" on overtime to make ends meet. It sure is was nice though, up until I became salaried.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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01-12-11, 04:01 PM #4
I depend on details and overtime to have funds to pay for anything that is not a basic necessity. Like Cidp24 ,I have learned never to rely on or assume anything . My Chief could get the ass one day and ban details. Overtime can be stopped for budget concerns.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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01-12-11, 07:04 PM #5
I'm salaried, so no. A couple of folks where I used to work had to have it, so much so that one even got a second job when we had to scale back the OT.Job security...
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01-12-11, 07:42 PM #7
YES! And I'm getting sick and tired of having to work all the time to make ends meet. That's why I want to move someplace that actually pays a decent wage. I had no illusions of grandeur when I came on MPD. But, I was told that we would get regular raises (HA!) and a chance for advancement. We haven't had promotions in 5 years.
01-12-11, 08:50 PM #8RookieVerified LEO
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I get less than 20 hours a year! So I don't depend on it.
01-12-11, 10:44 PM #9
I would guess that I do only because when my wife decided to return to school to become an RN and use the rest of her GI Bill before it expired we decided that it made more sence for her to stop working and be a full time student. we can make it (not sure how long) if the OT stopped but the 20-40 hours a week sure make it alot easier.
01-12-11, 11:04 PM #10
Yes I do, and I'm sick of itAlpha Phi Sigma Alum - Alpha Delta Chapter
01-12-11, 11:38 PM #11
Off duty security gigs mostly but yes.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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01-13-11, 10:31 AM #12
I really hate that some LEOs have to rely on overtime to make ends meet. It's not right.
01-13-11, 04:40 PM #13The Reason People Hate Cops & Causer of WarSupporting Member Lvl 2
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Sadly -- Yes.
Some bills ran up, and had to get a new car earlier than I'd wanted to so money is tight. Shouldn't be... but until I get the bills dealt with, it's going to be.
Probably looking at getting a part time job...Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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01-14-11, 04:45 PM #14
I promised myself that I would never have to, and I don't. Im glad I made the move to where I did. I can afford to have my wife stay home full time with the baby, and I live comfortably. No new and fancy cars, modest house on a couple acres, nothing fancy. At my old department ($30,000 less than what I make here), I know guys who are on food stamps, and haven't had a day off in months because they do OT gigs every single day off they get. Guys who had nice houses before putting on the badge having to sell their nice house and downsize. I didn't want that, so I left.
The only time I go out of my way to do OT is when I want a new toy, or to save up extra for a vacation or something. Last year I did about 12 hours of extra duty, I worked 2 OT shifts when we were short, court OT, naturally accrued OT from late calls, and the kicker, 30 minutes OT every 2 week paycheck for uniform care and maintenance. In order to get the maintenance OT, you have to have worked all 80 hours in the pay period. Any sick or vacation time used voids it for that paycheck.The world would be much cleaner if blind people carried brooms instead of sticks.
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01-23-11, 12:24 PM #15
Yes , yes and YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm going thru a divorce. It wasn't even my idea however I lost my house, my kids (judge gave me 2 days a week visitation..yes VISITATION over my own kids) and over half of my income. I have to pay $1200 a month to child support and towards mortgage to the house I'm no longer allowed in.
I have to work about 30 hours OT a month just to keep my head above water and keep what little I do have.
01-23-11, 02:35 PM #16Swamp Mafia
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01-24-11, 03:19 AM #17
I don't, but there are a few in my department that probably do. I made sure when I went house hunting a couple years ago that I could afford to maintain my current lifestyle + mortgage without having to rely on OT.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
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