Unions- who needs 'em? E-mail
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Editor's note: The following is the actual want ad posted to recruit police officers back in the days of horses and buggies. If you ever wondered what it is that unions actually do, this is a great example of what working conditions are like when you're an "at-will" employee. Meal breaks? Forget it. There are no breaks. If you get hungry eat that sandwich you're allowed to carry in your hat. Now for the historical want-ad!  "I want you for PEEL’S Police (circa 1839)"

* You must be aged between 23 and 40 years of age.
* You will be paid the following rates:

CONTABLE:                        17s (shillings) per week
SEARGEANT:                    £1.1s (pounds sterling) per week
SUPERINTENDENT:         £3.10s per week
CHIEF CONSTABLE:        £13.19s per week (a British pound, before they went with the Euro, was worth about a buck and a half.)

* Your working hours will be eight, ten or twelve hour shifts, seven days a week. Every encouragement will be given to officers to grow beards as shaving is regarded as unhealthy. However, beards must not exceed two inches in length.

* Uniform will be worn all the time, to prevent accusations of spying on the public, whilst in ordinary clothes.

* A duty band will be worn to indicate whether you are on-duty or not.

* You are NOT allowed to vote in elections.

* You must not gossip with the public. In particular, avoid conversations with female servants or other women on duty. Do not walk or converse with your comrades, merely exchange a word and pass on.

*You will walk about 20 miles per shift.

* No rest days are allowed and only one week holiday per annum (year) unpaid.

* No meal breaks are allowed. The top hat may be used to hold a snack. You must inform the Superintendent before you associate, eat or drink with any civilians.

* Before attending for medical examination and interview to join the police, it is advisable to have a bath.

* You are NOT allowed to sit down in public houses at any time.

* You must expect a hostile reception from all sections of the public and be prepared to be assaulted, stoned or stabbed in the course of your duties.


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