Speaking of lobbyists, Salon has an interesting article about the availability of overtime pay for tech workers today. Apparently, tech workers are specifically denied the right to collect overtime thanks to the zealous lobbying efforts of our benevolent employers. The exemption is ignored by California law, but the lobbyists working for the Silicon Valley are working to change that. I’m so glad to know that our employers are willing to demonstrate their concern for our quality of life by spending their money on lobbying for looser labor laws instead of just coughing up overtime pay. The article also discusses the idiotic ‘overtime stigma’ that is attached to people who aren’t willing to work for free out of some misbegotten sense of charity for a profit-making enterprise.