I am on call 12 days a month. Of those 12 days, I am on one solid week of 7 days and the other 5 days are scattered through out the month. Only one weekend every month falling on my 7 day stretch. Double Time. Port to Port.
Commercial refrigeration (supermarkets) can be very predictable as in being very unpredictable. Anything will happen and it will happen at every unimaginable hour under any kinds of weather and it's always about panic since money is on the line in product loss. Rack mechanics understand this crazy life and trying to describe it to others, they think were being dramatic for the most part. I will just say, being on call for grocery stores is extremely demanding.
About 3 months ago I was on for over 17-20 days a month on average, did that for the last 3 years, and finally just threw a temper tantrum about it and got the office to change things around. I live out in the sticks so, our service area out this way is much more broad and expansive geographically than in the metro area so it kinda comes with living out this way. But 17-20 days was just too much. It's been 3 months with the new schedule and my god what a difference. It's like having a different job.
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.