A little more than a year ago, when I took this job, I was led to believe that the “adjustments” made to our reports were something that would be a very rare occasion, and on those occasions, those “adjustments” would be for consistency issues and would not be effecting how we were paid.
I had my first bad vibe(s) on my first day, when my trainer couldn’t pronounce or even define “bituminous”, one of the key elements of hot asphalt. He made the day worse by starting every lesson with “Don’t let D.O.T. see you do it like this.” (D.O.T. = Department of Transportation)
So anyway, here I am a year later. The very rare occasion for adjustments appears to actually be every chance they can. The consistency issues are very specifically part of how we get paid. I am considered the “black sheep” and “not a team player” because I will not lie or cheat on my results. My immediate supervisor is a terrible drunk and he works pretty hard to make my life miserable.
One of the craziest things about this whole situation, is the fact that with a skilled plant operator, the lying and cheating are typically not necessary. My boss recently told Plant Operator “A” that I liked Plant Operator “B” better, because I will lie for him. The reality of that statement is I like Plant Operator “B” better, because he knows how to run the plant, he makes a good, consistent mix, and lying for him is simply not necessary.
So, Anyway, after that longer than intended intro, if you are curious as to how the asphalt industry can be just as criminal as any bank robber, you can… (read more)