Andrea RuizClopenings at Target
I enjoyed my job as a customer service operator at Target in Pico Rivera, California, but every week was a gamble. Some weeks I worked 13 hours, others I worked 25 hours. I wanted to work at least 40 hours, but a full-time job with stable hours at Target just doesn’t happen – at least not to the co-workers I knew at my former store.
I took the hours I could get – working sometimes as few as three-hour shifts or working a ‘clopen’ shift, which meant I worked a late shift followed by a morning shift the next day. On those days, I got home around midnight, prepared lunches and clothes for my kids, and went to sleep at 1:30 a.m. – only to wake up at 6:45 a.m. to get the kids ready for school. I dropped them off at school before it even opened so I could be at work by 8 a.m. I worked my shift dead tired, barely able to keep my eyes open.