I work for a utility company in Illinois. For 50 years, the company used a call out system to bring employees back to work after hours for outage calls, or storms, large or small. That system worked very well, when we had decent manpower numbers,and many reporting locations throughout the territory. But with downsizing the number of employees, and closing most of the outlying centers, less people, in fewer locations is making for longer outages. So,, instead of beefing up the roster, they are now "requiring" employees to be available, or "respond" to call outs without any compensation, or stand by pay. In other words, you are expected to come to work if called,to do that you must sit by the phone when you get home. They started with a 50% response requirement, and many employees were disciplined for not meeting that, and several are set to be terminated, for several months of low % numbers. And they demanded a 100% response for "big" storms ! We have a large area in Northern Illinois, it is common to have a big storm at one end, and sun shine at the other. So you never knew when to stay home. The required % has changed several times, so it is very confusing. Bottom line question, after working a normal day, and released, can they require "any" % of response to return to work, or must we sit at home "just-in-case-they-need-us-to-return" ? They will not consider pagers, or stand by or on call pay. Instead they punish us for not being available while not being paid. My question also is,,,, when am I off duty ? When can I go to a ball game, the store, or out for dinner" ?