My CERT team (yes, redundant, I know) was given a safety presentation by the local power company (Evergy) and they spoke to this, and actually demonstrated how they interact with power lines. They rigged up a transmission line and with a hot stick, moved a Mylar balloon into it. Quite convincing! Ah, good times!⚡Believe it or not, Mylar balloons were a big outage problem in our service territory. Not the biggest by far (windstorm tree impacts) but significant.
That never made much sense. If they want to bill for a minimum of 4 hours, I might get that. But once the job is done, it's done. The workers should be free to go to the next job, while still getting their 4 hours pay from the first job. After the second job, I assume they would be on O/T. Most likely then they get sent home unless there's O/T in the budget.One of the things which really bothered me were the 4 hours minimums. If the organization needed a change or quick fix, I was supposed to show up, do my job, then sit on my hands until the 4 hour timer elapsed. Even if what was needed took less than 60 seconds. BUT, I even if I was bored and had nothing to do, I wasn't allowed to work on other things which I saw needed to be done if someone else normally maintained that piece of equipment. I worked it out with management that we'd both look the other way when it came to the 4 hour minimum and I'd just keep a tally sheet. When I hit 3 hours cumulative, I'd make a mention of it and they'd put me in for a 4 hour session.
That's why I think more and more as I get older that we should pay people by the job, not per hour, other than for jobs where you just need a physical body there. In war especially, this makes sense. You work faster, you earn more, you get the stuff out faster. Or conversely, if you're limited to x pieces per day, the sooner you finish, the sooner you can go home.During Desert Shield, the military here was getting prepped for Desert Storm. I was working for a defense contractor that was repainting the vehicles from Woodland Camo to Desert Camo. The first day, right after the orientation talk from the supervisor dude, as we started to head to work, one of the new hires like me, he must have been a former union guy, (Kansas is a right to work state, and this was not a union job) said to me to take my time and work slow, make the job last. I was so PO'ed at this guy! We were preparing to go to WAR, and this jerk wanted to slow the job down so he could make more money! It's true, war is a racket. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Is_a_Racket
I just mean strictly when it comes to paying employees. You give an employee a set of tasks they need to do in order to get paid. How, when, and where they do those tasks is up to them, so long as they're completed satisfactorily, and on time.Paying "per the job" results in more jobs magically appearing. See also the US healthcare industry. I don't know why they call it that since there's no care about your health there.
I don't trust government but ours is still the best one on planet earth because of the ability to vote the bums out.agreed
Let's also put an end to all the government sucks comments
This is still the best country in the world.
Perhaps on a local level. Even then, not likely. You have politicians who have made what was once in the very beginning of America's existence as a free country, considered to be the equivalent of obligated Jury Duty for 2 to 4 years; into Lifelong careers! With some even dying while in office. Many preferred serving in the Senate initially at America's start because that only took them away from their massive money-making farms, and other businesses for only 2 years. They didn't want to go bankrupt serving as politicians!I don't trust government but ours is still the best one on planet earth because of the ability to vote the bums out.
No internet or phone stii? Is Star Link available in Florida? Better than cable for you.I'm laughing as I read this. Everyone's concerns here seem so quaint. At my temporary condo, I've seen 46 power outages in the past year. Most have only been a few minutes, with a few lasting more than an hour or two. Comcast has had ~50 days of cumulative downtime in the same period. Such is life after a Cat 5 hurricane, except Comcast...their reliability sucks even in the absence of a hurricane.
As I posted elsewhere, because of Hurricane Ian, we went 105 days without utility power at my home. We managed to get jerry-rigged generator power to our home's breaker panel and some parts of the building after ~50 days. It's been a full year and still no phone/TV/internet. Today marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ian hitting SW FL, including my home, which is still standing, but still uninhabitable. ::sigh::
To their credit, most of the Florida power companies did an absolutely tremendous job with this hurricane. 65% of people with outages were restored within the first 24 hours after the storm. FP&L had completely rebuilt the transmission lines on Fort Myers Beach, from scratch, within 15 days. People whose homes were originally fed directly from overhead lines were the first to get power back. The underground drops would take much longer, and government red tape prevented many from reconnecting for quite awhile. Granted, some of us were in no shape to receive utility power.
Now, there are some Florida utilities which deserve the golden award. Lee County Electric Co-Op gets the golden award for their response to Hurricane Ian. 5 days after the storm, they still had ZERO customers with power. Lots of (dumb) reasons for this: First, they shut down their grid before the storm arrived and kept it shut off for 48 hours before bothering to do anything. Second, they never hardened their grid. Old, rotten wooden poles which snapped under the wind load. Third, they insisted on using their own staff and resources to rebuild their grid, despite there being a ton of 3rd parties in town who were willing to help, including other co-ops, especially since FPL was wrapping up their recovery and these guys were now free agents. LCEC refused. Eventually the governor and other government officials put serious pressure on them and they reluctantly accepted help from outside agencies and the lights started to slowly come back on.
As far as town size dictating outages, at least in these parts that's not a factor. The smaller utilities often do better. In New Smyrna Beach, we lost power for 3 hours because of Hurricane Ian. Even with the wind still howling, the local crews were still working.
A fascinating short documentary on the massive Blackout in New York of 2003.
Even if I had been able to rent or borrow a car, last thing you want to do is drive from a place with power and open roads, to one without power where the roads might be shut down for safety reasons.
I knew the neighbors in my building would look after my mother. Plus, her physical condition was better back then. And, we had a better group of neighbors living in the Co-op than we do now. Now, everyone is just out for themselves. I can definitely say, I didn't lose my job. The Blackout was that massive back then. Nearly every business shut their doors until power came back up.
Nope. Nothing yet. One whole year (9/28/2022 was the hurricane) and Centurylink hasn't lifted one finger to restore service on the island. Their phone cans are still tipped over on the side of the road, full of sand.No internet or phone stii? Is Star Link available in Florida? Better than cable for you.