Miner sues U.S. Steel over punch-in rule

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A Minnesota miner is suing U.S. Steel, saying workers at Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron aren't being paid for all the time spent on company grounds. Full Story

Avon, MN

#1 Oct 3, 2008
So they don't get paid until they actually start to work?
Mark from Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 3, 2008
You have got to be kidding me. As a person who grew up on the Iron Range around the mines, knowing almost only people who worked at the mine, the employees should be sued by the mines.

Nearly every employee at Minntac, or whatever mine they work at brags about how once they are through the main gate, they strive to find a place to take a nap, slack off, or in some other way steal the time that the company pays them for.

It is funny to imagine how this guy had enough time to sit around and think of a way that he could score big on a lawsuit like this.

“standing on my lil soap box”

Since: Mar 07

United States

#3 Oct 3, 2008
Gee, is it the employers resposiblilty to pay an employee as SOON as they arrive on the premisis?

Any loyal, hardworking employee knows that you show up early to change into work clothes(if need be)or put away lunches in the lunchroom (if need be)or hang your coat or sweater and be ready to work at your work station when you are required to.

Otherwise, we would all come to work 2-3 hours early to fart around until the required start time, because we would get 'paid' to..."well Mr Manager, why wasnt I paid for the time I stepped on the property"?

What a buttmunch!! This is definatly a trouble making employee-can his azz!!

United States

#4 Oct 3, 2008
Start time is the time you are at your position and ready to work. Not the time you pull into the parking lot nor the time you get out of bed.

If you people can not afford to buy the clue, at least rent it.
Bo Vine

Eden Prairie, MN

#5 Oct 3, 2008
The solution that would make everyone happy is to not have a flat time lag on the clock but to have a time lag AND a start time.

i.e. if you are scheduled to start at 7AM you will get paid starting at 7AM if you punch in within a specific amount of time PRIOR to 7AM. So anyone that punches in say between 5AM and 6:50AM will start to get paid at 7AM unless another agreement supersedes it. If for some reason you punch in AFTER 7AM and you were scheduled to start at 7AM then you get a loss of wages between 7AM and the time you punched in with an additional set time of say 10 minutes to get to your station as well as for explanations to your supervisor.

It actually sounds more complicated than it is but is basic concepts for almost any hourly worker.

mooo eat more chikin

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