Working at The Bindery Essay

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Working at The Bindery

I have a dream. I have a dream about getting a doctorate degree in music. Well, to get that far, I know I must get through undergraduate school first, let alone graduate school, and so on. Last year I realized that I needed a job that paid much more than minimum wage if I was going to afford to go to college. I then heard about The Bindery from a friend in the same situation as I was. I filled out an application, went to the orientation a few weeks later, and then discovered that working there would be no ordinary job. I will now briefly explain how the factory works and then show you the "ropes" of working in my department.

There are two major departments at The Bindery: the press and the
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Tie any long hair back, and tuck in any loose clothing. You can wear gloves if you wish, but it is not mandatory. Bring water to keep yourself hydrated, because it is very hot inside. Make out a time card for yourself at the beginning of the week and punch in early everyday. Since you will be working afternoon shift with me, I can tell you the schedule of work. Monday through Thursday, work is from 3:30pm-11:30pm, with a 30-minute lunch break at 7:30. Friday is 3:00pm-10:30pm. Saturday and Sunday (usually optional) is 2:00pm-9:30pm. No lunch break on these days. Every day, there is a 5-10 minute break every two hours.

Now, I will share the steps to perform the duties of a gatherer in the bindery department. Place your belongings at the end of the line on which you will be working, and out of people and fork truck traffic. Grab a bundle of forms from the skid by the string or by the ends, lifting with your legs, and cautiously throw it up on the pocket. Bundles can weigh from 25 to 50 pounds, depending on the type of paper being used for the book. Throw as many bundles as it takes to fill the pocket, making sure that the print on the spine of the paper is lined up correctly. This insures that the page numbers will go in the correct order. A pocket usually holds about six or seven bundles to make it full. The number of pages in the book being made determines the number of pockets
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