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Power Line Technician

You push for a union vote to change the work hours on Saturday.

You begin to talk to your co-workers about your dilemma, and you find out that many of them also are pressed for time to spend with their families. However, there is also a younger group of workers who are not as excited about the thought of working at 5:30 on Saturday morning. They do not want to see a change in the hours.

The union meeting is coming up and you have asked for the vote to be put on the agenda. You and the group of like-minded workers have been lobbying the others to vote for early hours, but you still think the vote will be tight.

"We work earlier hours on Saturdays," says power line technician Wendy Kennedy. "Our union voted for those hours so that we could have the afternoons free."

You make a presentation to the union before the vote, telling the group about your reasons for wanting to start work early on Saturday. The votes are counted, and it is agreed that overtime work on Saturday will start at 5:30 a.m. You will be finished at 2 p.m. and be able to make it to your daughter's ball games.

You are relieved. You don't have to take on any extra hours during the week, unless there's an emergency, and you are able to spend time in the evenings with your family.