Hi! I work preload, and have been employed since spring 2013. Question for you guys... Last Friday, we were told that Monday would be a 12:15am start time with an 8-hour guarantee. Learned pretty quickly that this meant no overtime pay after 5 hours, but after 8. Being that it is peak season, and those overtime hours are nice, I was annoyed. Then when Monday came, I was forced to take an unpaid 30 minute break. I made it clear I did not want to take a break. This has never happened before at our center. We have never taken a break, and nobody has ever even wanted one, to my knowledge. We had some bad weather and the start time for Wednesday was moved from 2am to 1230am and again, we were given an 8 hour guarantee and forced to take an unpaid break. Can I be forced to take an unpaid break? I'm really unhappy about it. Losing overtime pay, AND having to stand around in a cold warehouse at o'dark thirty for half an hour is not good in my book. I feel like crap after the break because my muscles start getting tight despite stretching and I'm FREEZING. Yes, I have a winter coat/gloves, but standing around on cold concrete doing nothing only makes my feet cold and then the rest of me. I can't find anything in the contract saying I am REQUIRED to take a 30 minute break. It seems like this may be the new thing for us for the rest of peak if we start at a certain time. I show up there to work. I want to work and get paid for my time there. Any advice/suggestions?