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Manufacturers turn to 12-hour shifts, nontraditional scheduling
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-5-13 | Rick Barrett

Posted on 07/05/2013 7:08:46 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

John Schoch has no regrets about dumping the five-day workweek in exchange for three 12-hour shifts, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and getting the equivalent of 40 hours of pay.

Schoch, an employee of Milwaukee-based Oldenburg Group, spent 40 years on rotating shifts — days, afternoons, nights — at a paper mill before he found his sweet spot of working 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

That gives him four days off a week to go fishing, ride his motorcycle or tinker in the 20-by-58-foot garage he made from an old church building.

"I can't find any downside to it, for my part," said Schoch, an assembly worker at Oldenburg's mining equipment factory in Iron River, Mich.

As manufacturers boost production, more of them are turning to 12-hour work shifts and nontraditional scheduling to keep assembly lines running at the most efficient levels.

"There are a lot of strategic reasons to do it," said Douglas Fisher, assistant professor and director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at Marquette University.

"Having two 12-hour shifts a day is better than having three eight-hour shifts. There are fewer complications with things like shift changes. And if you can run a plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you might not have to build another facility," Fisher said.

It's also helpful in recruiting employees, said Wayne Oldenburg, founder and CEO of Oldenburg Group, which recently won a $40 million order from the U.S. Navy to build equipment including elevators and ramps used on combat ships.

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To: afraidfortherepublic

Best job I ever had was as a computer operator (a tape monkey at the time) that was 12.5 hours for 3 days a week. I had a 4-day weekend every week! One days worth of OT, was a pretty big bump in pay. It was one of the best jobs I ever had. Some days, after work, I’d take a wrong turn when heading home and end up in houston for the long weekend. (from Dallas)

21 posted on 07/05/2013 9:02:53 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m home in Idaho since my customer has no money to pay me for the work in San Diego. My wife took a 5 PM to 3 AM shift 4 days a week since she figured I wouldn’t be home. It is hell. I can’t go to sleep until she gets home on pain of being trampled by 5 barking dogs. Half of each day is lost sleeping on her schedule. She fritters away the balance until ready for work. By then, the places I want/need to go are closed.

22 posted on 07/05/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Gay State Conservative
[Rotating shifts,particularly when they include the night shift (11PM-7AM) are,if anything,worse than straight nights.]

Yep. It's like continuous jet-lag. Forcing the circadian rhythms to adapt is very stressful.

Of course, that's desirable for the hive-masters who want nothing more than obedient drones under their command...

Buy more, Bee happy. Consume!

23 posted on 07/05/2013 11:04:48 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: Don W

Hi Don,

I was wonder, is this a four shift rotation?

Our shifts are a killer in so many aspects.

We work 7 to 7(days and nights)24/7

Our schedule goes like this:
4 nights on, 3 off, 5 days on, then go straight into nights for 3 nights(we are allowed one day off in this straight 7 days/nights shift). Then off for 4, back for 3 day shifts, then off for seven.

Tonight we are finishing the last of that seven shift. Everybody in our shop are walking zombies.

24 posted on 11/21/2013 4:54:58 AM PST by Chilepepper48
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