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June 15, 2006

If you have the best story about a bad boss, the AFL-CIO wants to send you on a weeklong vacation.

Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation, is sponsoring the My Bad Boss Contest this summer. The group says the contest is a way for workers to speak out about the difficulties they face on the job.

The group created a website where workers can submit their horror stories about a current or former boss. Visitors to the site can also vote on which story they think is the best one submitted.

The contest will first generate 5 semifinalists. The winner of the grand prize, a weeklong vacation, will be based on the votes cast during the final round of voting, which begins July 26.

Working America has established a set of guidelines for submitting stories. For example, workers cannot include the name of the company or the boss's name with the story. The editorial staff at Working America reviews and edits submissions.

In one story, a worker recounts an annual review in which a boss jotted down that her attendance "needs improvement," even though the worker claims to have missed just 1.5 days in 15 years with the company.

If you are lucky enough that all your bosses have been good, the site allows you to submit stories about them as well. Unfortunately, Working America has no prizes for these stories.

Source: Working America

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