Spoiler for length. Spoiler I work at a UPS warehouse. Lobbing boxes off a conveyor belt for hours a day onto a 5 ton truck. It's dirty, dusty, and a night job as well, so I miss out on evenings at home, as I'm asleep. My body chemistry has adjusted (for the most part) to being up in the early mornings. Been doing it for about a year, as the pay isn't bad ($20ish an hour). So this new head supervisor of the warehouse starts working there. Been with UPS for under a year, never loaded a truck, is 25 if that, and has a chip (Wha'sat?) on his shoulder that should be knocked off with buckshot. He figures it's ok for the warehouse to work for 9 straight hours, with a single 15 minute break. Fuck that. Hard. Right in the ass. First of all, the position for night time pre-loader (heh, load) is a part time position. Under the union rules, it states "Part time postions are entitled to a single 15 minute unpaid break per shift." That shift being 5 hours. After that, it's overtime pay. Great. However, there's nothing in the rulebook about a break beyond the 5 hours. What's more, the labor laws for my area state that with 5 hours of consecutive work, an employee is entitled to a 30 minute break. Well 5 hours hit of consecutive work, and no break. Now I knew this was going to happen on friday (as it happened thursday also). We started our shift at midnight (early for us. normally 3am) and at 3:45 a break was called. Fine. I told that snotnosed fagula we'd best be getting another break between 4 and 9. He said 'No. I'm not doing that.' and walked off. Ok cunt, let's go then. 9am hits, and I say i'm leaving. I walk over to the guy that gives me a lift to work every morning, and let him know I'm out, and he should come also. The assistant supervisor of the warehouse is closeby and says "You can't just leave. That's abandoning your post". I said "Well this place is breaking labor laws for breaks. So there you go." I take off, as did 4 others. Left work, fuck 'em. Couple minutes later, in the parking lot, a union rep comes out. One of the drivers of the trucks. Tells me he'll see what he can do, but I did 'stage a wildcat'. I told him I could give a shit. They're violating labor laws, etc. 9 hours of hard work with a single 15 min break? Fuck off with that nonsense. I come in to work this morning, and snotnosed fuck and the other union rep wanna talk to me. I instantly think that Junior is going to fire me. And sure enough, that's what happened. The union rep took me aside and said they'd do what they can to get me reinstated and back working. I'm not overly surprised it all happened, as UPS is a pretty dogshit place to work. Compared to other jobs I've had over the years, this one is by far the worst. They give a shit about their employees on a level that Wal-Mart does. So now I'm stuck going talking to the Union in the morning about the mess. I'm tempted to just let it all go, and go work somewhere else. But out of spite, I want to see that those still there get some decent breaks, as there's some good people stuck there still. TLDR: I got fired for leaving work, saying 'A single 15 min break in 9 hours is bullshit for part time employees.'