( life / money / employment ) In response to my comment, Whatever the mandatory retirement age is these days -- 67? -- it needs to apply to politicians, too.
"There is no mandatory retirement age, but you legally have to file for retirement on your 70th birthday, which will give you the maximum social security benefit fo... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at corporatecrimereporter.com"Immigration laws are criminally enforced not just against individuals, but also against corporations. For individuals, federal immigration prosecutions are a mass phenomenon. More than a third of the federal criminal docket nearly 40,0... read more
( life / money / employment / crime ) Read the rest of the article at jon-ashley-on-the-corporate-prosecution-registry/The Justice Department regularly announces corporate crime settlements with deferred and non prosecution agreements. Sometimes they make the agreements public, sometimes they dont. And over the years, corporate cr... read more
( life / money / employment ) Sitting here looking at James (not his real name) to my right. My workday would be sooooo much better if I could ignore him, but, being in the cubicle across the aisle, I can't. For those new to this space, James is an idiot. Literally. Okay, idiot/savant might be more accurate. He is wicked smart... read more
( culture / humor / employment ) Don't you hate it when you're at work? The end. Wait, that's not the end. You're at work - on the bottom floor, because that's where the snack machine is - and you decide to use the restroom. The cleaning lady is in there, with her cart blocking the door. So, you take the stairs back to your floor, ... read more
( life / money / employment ) We could not agree more. See Disney heiress calls CEO Bob Iger's $65 million pay package 'insane.'
"When Iger got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15% raise to everyone who worked at Disneyland, and still walked aw... read more
( life / money / employment ) I get these job listing emails (just in case something awesome comes along). This latest one (probably created by AI (artificial/lower intelligence)) said they have several jobs just for you: Hospice Aide (Los Angeles), Chaplain (Paramus), Registered Nurse Case Manager (Peru). Peru? As in South Am... read more
( life / money / employment ) Even corporate America is blocking Alex Jones / InfoWars these days. Trying to read an article online during my lunch break, I get the following censorship notice: Block Reason: Content Filtering. Category: questionable
Pathetic, but at least they stopped blocking DrudgeReport. Although, now that ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner - after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspi... read more
( life / money / employment / humor ) Got off the phone with @NASA. Had to tell 'em, "Look, I'm not willing to relocate. Stop calling!" OK, so it wasn't actually NASA, I didn't say exactly that, and it wasn't actually a job offer. A recruiter did call about an opportunity there, though. I'm not a COMPLETE liar.... read more
( life / money / employment ) "Once Toys R Us was taken over, however, the debt that Vornado Realty, KKR and Bain used to acquire it was pushed back onto the company, skyrocketing its debt obligations to $7.6 billion."
Read the rest of the article at inthesetimes.com/article/20600/how-private-equity-killed-toys-r-us ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Great story! See ksl.com
"It was about as low as you can get, but Smith decided to at least make it to the new year. When he went on ksl.com to look for jobs, he saw a story KSL did on a Utah company giving suits to homeless people to help them feel confident during job interviews." ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I know they're just doing their jobs, but headhunters (job recruiters) can be some of the most dehumanizing people I've ever had to deal with. Because of that, I like to have a little fun at their expense whenever possible. Here's a recent email exchange:
Headhunter: I had emailed you in the past... read more
( life / money / employment ) Got the below email today. Probably because they saw that I have several books on Amazon (here, here and here), they read them, thought they sucked, and decided it would be best if I took a warehouse job. I must say, though, I've never seen a sweat-shop (a.k.a. warehouse) job look so good.
"De... read more
( life / money / employment ) Good one!
"This employee had simply had enough so they decided to tell their boss how it really is before they walked out the door."Read the rest of the article at Employee's Sarcastic Resignation Note Tells It Like It Is
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( life / money / employment ) One-fifth of US workers were laid off in past five years"Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position."
Read the rest of the article at latimes.com/business/la-fi-layoffs-unemp ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Something I've always hated about working for someone else is that you're expected to believe (or convincingly pretend, in the corporate setting, anyway) that the people in positions above you are in fact superior to you. It's just one more thing to gnaw at me during my time there. That expectation ... read more
( life / health / employment ) Good article on staying healthy on the job, plus just plain staying at that job.
"... you can't smoke cigarettes fast enough to match the damage that today's workplace is doing to you. And not just you, but everyone from the newest hire to your CEO. Your company is unknowingly dragging the lif ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent Good Jobs First.
Apparently, those bastions of capitalism are in fact socialists, at least when it works for them.
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( life / money / employment ) Switzerland Shows US How to Handle CEOs.
Here in the United States, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity since the 1960s it would now be $21.72 an hour, or $3,722 a month.
See also ...
customers-f ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Walk 11 miles a shift and pick up an order every 33 seconds... how Amazon works staff 'to the bone'
Adam Littler, 23, told of the 'unbelievable' pressure of working for the retailer
Amazon staff have previously claimed they are tracked around huge warehouses via GPS - but the firm denies t... read more
( life / money / employment ) Millions of Americans are angry because food stamp recipients can use their benefits to buy junk food but don't realize that they are able to do so because corporate America wouldn't have it any other way.
Coca Cola, Kroger, Walmart, Kelloggs and other corporations have all lobbied the United State... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Corporate Welfare Vs. Social Welfare Spending ... It's Not Just A $40 Billion Gap.
"Market subsidies, market protections, market interventions, regulatory favors, favorable legislation, legal protections, ex-post facto reclassification's, government spending (Ke ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Good!
Read the rest of the article at America's Re-shoring of Jobs Is Accelerating.
"Over the past couple of years, we've projected an improvement in U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by 2015 that would help drive an American manufacturing revival. The results of our latest survey make clear ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I've been chosen (with 5-6 others) to Have Lunch With ! (one of the VP's at work) tomorrow. I've been instructed to come prepared to discuss real issues and solutions regarding my job. Not looking forward to it. At least it's a free lunch ... but is it really? The price is I have to Have Lu ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I don't agree with this calculation, but, for what it's worth, my brother sent this out recently.
50 years ago the minimum wage was 1.25 (1963). See dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.pdf.
A 1963 dime (90% silver) is now worth 1.9
19 x 1.25 $23.75
That's what the minimum wage would be, adjusted for... read more
( life / money / employment ) from Who are the 1%, and what do they do for a living?
"A lot of emphasis is on the 99% versus the 1% in these protests. But who are the 1% and what do they do for a living? Are they all Wilt Chamberlains and Oprahs and other people taking part in the dynamism of the new economy? Nope. It'... read more
( life / money / employment / politics ) The Jobs Number Is BS Says Former Head Of BLS.
"After every non-farm payroll report we provide our own breakdown of what the real unemployment rate is in a country in which the labor force participation rate has not been adjusted to normalize for the Second Great Depression. In the most recent... read more
( life / money / employment ) Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it's not even summer yet and I'll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible bad luck over the past decade through no fault of my own, I ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Took a test yesterday. Hope I passed! New job depends on it! Hope I did better than the previous day's job-related test. That one was on Windows 7 and 2008 techie stuff, and I just haven't kept up with Win 7, not as a tech, especially in regard to its various corporate scenarios. The test only serve ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. - Gore Vidal" ... read more
( life / money / employment / holidays ) Great article here
Read the rest of the article at informationclearinghouse.info
"What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of working people?" ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Economic Inequality Is Not Sustainable
"A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class.Focusing exclusively on deficit reduction is the wrong policy. Focusing solely on cutting spending is the wrong policy. Focusing on jobs is the right policy ... read more
( culture / food-holidays / employment ) from Liberty Underground...
"Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as the Haymarket massacre.
Ironically, Americans are kept ignorant by... read more
( life / money / employment ) GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, The Head Of Obama's Jobs Council, Is Moving Jobs And Economic Infrastructure To China At A Blistering Pace.The hypocrisy would be laughable if not such a serious problem.... read more
( life / money / employment ) They might be right about this. Worth a shot.
"Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-after candidates (the ones whose phones are ringing off the hook for interviews while you're struggli... read more
( life / money / employment ) Yes, large corporations really are that stupid, short-sighted and corrupt. If this CEO had any decency (yeah, right), he would have said, No, give me one million and split the rest with those 1700 laid-off workers. It would have come out to roughly $12,000 per employee.
Read the rest of the art ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I hate when companies do this. Create a better environment for your employees, don't require them to be a pack of phonies!
Read the rest of the article at Why Faking Enthusiasm Is The Latest Job Requirement.
"...seeming to love the job becomes part of the job"... read more
( life / money / employment ) "It doesn't matter if managers are introverted or extroverted, timid or bold, loud or quiet, as long as they are making people feel like they are growing, appreciated, and confident in their future at the company ..."
Read the rest of the article at Employee Engagement: Why Its Important ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Whirlpool threatens pensions
"Unfortunately, we've just had another open theft of retired worker's benefits, this time Whirlpool management stealing the health care coverage of retired former Hoover workers and their families. Once again, we see Carpetbag mana... read more
( life / money / employment ) "In Japan the ratio of pay for a CEO compared to that of the average worker is approx. 11 to 1. In Germany that ratio expands to a dizzying 12 to 1. And in the United States it's 475 to 1."
Read the rest of the article at CHART - U.S. Corporate Profits Vs. Employee Wages - Home.... read more
( life / money / employment ) Freelancers union, a federation of the unaffiliatedLooks like a good idea.
Freelancers Union.A Federation of the Unaffiliated.
"350,000 FREELANCERS JOINED TOGETHER FOR A PURPOSE.
INDEPENDENTS. UNITED. INDEPENDENTS. UNITED." ... read more
( life / money / employment / interviews ) I almost posted this to LinkedIn, but thought better of it since hiring managers and headhunters generally have absolutely no sense of humor regarding the hiring process. If they would admit (at least to themselves) that they have no idea what they're doing, it might help. :)
Anyway, here it is: ... read more
( life / money / employment ) ...and are afraid of offending anyone...
Read the rest of the article at positive leaders love productivity
"Simon Sinek @simonsinek says, Bad leaders may edit the truth for fear of causing discomfort. Good leaders accept that the truth is often uncomfortable."... read more
( life / money / employment ) The minimum wage, popular with the public, but not the donor classfrom The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class.
"One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three... read more
( life / money / employment ) Interesting article on micro gigs
Read the rest of the article at welcome-to-the-micro-gig-no-job-is-too-small
"A crush of apps allowing us to do discrete tasks for small sums of money might be the future. But the atomization of paid labor leaves workers vulnerable." ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Romney's Bain Capital Is Sending Many Jobs to China the Day Before the Election.
"On the day before an election that's supposed to hinge on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, will close the doors of a factory in Free... read more
( life / money / employment ) Wisconsin judge reinstates collective bargaining for state employees
"The union-busting law that pushed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the national spotlight last year has been declared unconstitutional by a state judge, pushing the controversy over the law one step closer to a Supreme C... read more
( life / money / employment ) enewsletters.biospace.com/rhw/newsletter/good-news-for-bad-references.htm?typeemail&sourcejs-07-19-10
"Picture this scenario: you've been seeking new employment at a company, but without success. Your employment credentials are excellent and while you've been able to land the interviews - so... read more
( life / money / employment ) I agree. And a big reason for this, I believe, is that hiring managers hire based on likability, enthusiasm, and an applicant's degree (no matter what that degree is in) rather than on experience and intelligence.
So, the people who end up running things often have no real idea what they're doing, ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Why layoffs are for lazy corporate overseers - Fortune Management.
Layoffs are often a sign of failure by top executives to properly manage a business and forecast needs.
The corporate movement away from job security coincided with the advent of big executive bonuses and the rise of global competit ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week This Is Not a Joke Inc.com.
"Whatever you may think of this theory, there are certainly many who think (including Sheryl Sandberg) the status quo 40/50 ... ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at IBM's Internal Plan to Grow Earnings-Per-Share to $20 by 2015: Fire Most U.S. Employees.
"The primary method for accomplishing this feat, according to the plan, will be by reducing US employee head count by 78 percent in that time frame."
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( life / money / employment / crime ) Richard Grossman on Usurpation and the Corporation as Crime.UPDATE: "If people want to go into business, fine," Grossman said. "But this law would strip away 500 years of Constitutional protections and privileges. No more limited liability for shareholders. No more perpetual life. No ... read more
( life / money / employment ) from saving-the-rich-losing-the-economy
"US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and unfair trade practices. However, it is US corporations that move their factories abroad, thus replacing domestic production with imports. Half of U ... read more
( life / money / employment ) They're forcing pay cuts for the people who do the actual work there while their executives get millions in bonuses.
"Last year Verizon made $12 billion in profits, got $1 billion in government subsidies and paid zippo, zero in taxes. But instead of sharing this windfall with the working peopl ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Just warms your heart, doesn't it? Not.
Read the rest of the article at NY Times
"It turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives." ... read more
( life / money / employment ) ... one major role of the US government in the corporatocracy is to serve as a scapegoat to deflect rebellion against the corporate elite.
Read the rest of the article at Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite Books AlterNet.
Great articl ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I used to work for this jackass years ago when he was CEO of Columbia/HCA.
He was an out-of-touch elitist primadonna back then, and hasn't changed much, only now has less hair."In the last few months, conservatives in several states have moved to limit unemployment benefits, even with the nati ... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at Chris Hedges: Corporatist America
"A battle over the budget is closing our schools, our libraries, firing our teachers and taking away collective bargaining rights. While the banks and largest corporations are also not paying any taxes, including Bank of America ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I'm starting a new job next week, so I ran a test of how long it would take to get there after dropping Elizabeth off at school. It was 7:42 when they started letting the kids inside, allowing me to leave. I could do like a lot of parents and just drop her off and take off, but I like to make sure s ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When given one of those customer satisfaction surveys, always try and give a glowing report about the individual who helped you (unless they were terrible, of course) because those surveys are just another tool for corporations to harass their already under-paid, under-appreciated employees.
You d... read more
( life / money / employment ) "We are ruled by huge corporate monopolies that replicate the political and economic power, on a vastly expanded scale, of the old trading companies of the 17th and 18th centuries. Walmart's gross annual revenues of $250 billion are greater than those of most small nation-states. The political ... read more
( life / money / employment ) "The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was not a good cultural fit."
ReutersOld... read more
( life / money / employment ) localmakers.com/The above link no longer points to where it used to. Someone in Holland, ironically, has apparently purchased that domain name. I would have removed this post, but the irony made it worth keeping it here.
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( life / money / employment ) Good article here. Read the quote from the lifelong Republican who was a victim of a mass layoff and now can't find a job. blog.aflcio.org/2010/06/01/its-the-jobs-stupid/ ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When I applied and scheduled an interview for a job at the financial arm of the Methodist Church, I knew I was not a right fit for them. After all, I'm not only not Methodist, I'm not even a Christian.When the HR manager called a couple days later to cancel the interview, I had a strong suspicion ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I went to another job interview yesterday. It was downtown Nashville in the once trendy Cummins Station building. I've had a few consulting clients there over the years. The company interviewing me shall remain nameless. Coincidentally, a few hours before the interview I received a checking in sor ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I'm glad you and Cathy are doing well. Our daughter Elizabeth is doing well, too. She spent last night with a cousin north of town so she can attend that little girl's birthday party today. Elizabeth's own birthday party was last month.I'm sort of employed, working for myself doing computer consul ... read more
( life / money / employment ) When faced with too many expenses and not enough income and you have run out of expenses to reduce, rather than firing employees, the fair and socially-responsible way to cut costs is NOT to fire employees who had nothing to do with those costs getting too high. The FIRST target of cost-cutting need ... read more
( life / money / employment / insurance ) I got a call today about a job with American Income. They said they found my résumé on Careerbuilder. When I get emails like that, I instantly recognize them and mark them as spam and block them from sending any more. But getting a phone call is apparently more effective on me.I agreed to ... read more
( life / money / employment ) I went to a pre-employment drug screening this morning. Last week, I had interviewed for an IT instructor position. Had to give a mock class, and everything. I chose the subject of securing your home wireless network. It was fun. Anyway, no, I haven't been hired ... yet. They require this test bef... read more
( life / money / employment / people ) First time I've ever seen this. Filling out an online job application, the EEOC stuff at the bottom gave me a choice of:
Decline to Answer
I can understand sexually confused, but gender unknown? Really?... read more
( culture / food-holidays / employment ) It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and questions. Check out computersavior.com for info on the latter. ... read more
( life / money / employment ) It's been almost three weeks now, and I'm finally able to talk/blog about my layoff. After the merger and corporate restructuring at work, it was finally my turn to have my position eliminated. I instinctively felt it coming. In fact, I couldn't sleep the night before, worrying about it. No one ha... read more
( life / money / employment ) Read the rest of the article at dreamslaughter: Food For Thought.
"The corporation is a true Frankenstein's monster, an artificial person run amok, responsible only to its own soulless self. - William Dugger"
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