VIDEO HERE (13:21 minutes)
I was both employees. When I first started working at the ammo plant in my early 20s, I took all the OT I could get and was glad to get it. I had shit I wanted to buy.
Later on down the line, we landed a contract that we had the capabilities to make our monthly quota on a 40 hour week if absolutely nothing went wrong upstream from us (which seldom if ever happened) or to my machinery so I went on an 87 hour work week, working 7 days a week. After going to the grenade line, I never worked a single 45 hour week which would've been normal given my job as a set-up man, getting my machines ready to run production an hour before the rest of my crew clocks in.
After I got laid off from there, I went to work for Safeway at a new warehouse they opened up in Tracy. At that point, after working all those hours at the ammo plant, I could give a fuck less if I ever saw another minute of overtime. I still had to work a little daily overtime, but only when I absolutely had to. I didn't work on my days off at all unless I was mandatoried in.
I didn't even want the half hour - hour daily overtime considering I had an hour drive to and from work.
What I really hated though was the week before any holiday and especially from late October through January - the dreaded Thanksgiving/Christmas season. We'd work 12 hour or more hours every damned day.