My husband works as a deckhand for a tugboat company (inland) in New York which tugs barges along the shorelines of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He holds a TWIC card, a Z-card, and is considered an Ordinary Seaman. He works the following schedule:
7 days on / 7 days off
6 hours on WATCH / 6 hours STANDBY / 6 hours sleep / 6 hours WATCH
per 24 hour period
***He is required to work on “STANDBY” if needed - which is about 80% of the time FYI
Now, my issue is - he only gets paid for 12 hours per 24 period, yet he works 18 hours per 24 hour period. Is it just me that it seems unfair that he is being shorted wages? Or is this normal? This has been going on for 11 years, and I just wanted to reach out and see if there is anything legally we should be doing??
What are your thoughts?? Experiences?? Any suggestions welcome and I will try to answer any of your questions as best I can.