The Cheryl S Story
The Org Schedule
The "standard" full-time staff schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (or later) Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. This constitutes a minimum of 60 hours per week working. (From 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, full time staff are supposed to be on "enhancement." This is in addition to the 60+ hours spent working on post. The "enhancement" (either on course learning Scientology or getting Scientology counseling) is considered the "benefit" they get for working on staff: free or discounted training or auditing. Of course, there are various factors which can prevent you from getting this "benefit" such as illness, having to moonlight to make enough money to pay your rent, your post statistics being down, ethics "handlings," sleeping late after working all night in an all-hands project, etc.
Of course, like your pay and your eligibility to receive the "benefits," this basic schedule is open to variation. Scientology guarantees nothing. Your pay is governed by your personal statistics: the quantity of work you produced this week compared to your last week's production ("stats"). If your stats are up over last week, you get a little bonus. If your stats are down from last week, you lose some pay. If your stats are normal (slightly more than last week), then you neither win nor lose. (And Scientology claims it is the only game in town where no one loses. HA! I have seen many dedicated, hardworking staff members lose week after week.) Of course, if there is no pay, or very little, the bonus game is just a wicked tease. But there is no doubt in my mind that upper management never suffers like org and mission staff members suffer. I have seen the opulent offices that upper management has. They spare no expense. Nor mercy towards its dedicated staff.
Back to the schedule. Typical Hill 10: the org rent needs to be paid or the org will be evicted. So what happens? The org executives impose an "all hands" schedule, which means working into the wee hours of the weeknight and all day and all evening on Saturdays and Sundays. (And please note, you are still expected to be on time the next day and be "studentable" or "sessionable", i.e., have enough sleep and proper nutrition for your "enhancement"--it is a no-win situation.) So you can go from a "minimum" full-time schedule of 60 hours a week (plus 12-1/2 hours of enhancement time) to in excess of 70 hours a week (plus 12-1/2 hours of enhancement time or lose enhancement time altogether).
And to further the degradation of the staff's physical, mental, and spiritual welfare, the "all-hands" schedule usually coincides with "no pay" or "low pay" periods, because the all-hands schedule is needed to "out create" the "Hill 10." So when a full-time staff member needs to go out into the "wog" world the most to make money to pay his own rent, he is imprisoned by an impossible schedule. And if he "blows" (an unauthorized leave, i.e., you have to get permission to not be at the org when scheduled, and permission is usually never granted, especially during a Hill 10), he can be declared a suppressive person and expelled from the "church." So for all you public Scientologists that may read this, that is why you are sometimes called at 1:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m., etc. (in addition to the normal 3 or 4 calls per day) to come in for services. They are desperate.
And if you don't comply with the schedule? You are threatened with (what is euphemistically called) "ethics" and further non-compliances can result in a suppressive person declare. An "SP Declare" is a formal expulsion (ex-communication) from Scientology. Considering this "church" has deceived its devoted members into believing that it holds the keys to spiritual freedom, an "SP Declare" is a very powerful tool employed by the "church" to get total, unquestioning loyalty.