Saturday, May 02, 2015

When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

And the blowback begins . . .

Hibbs (owner of the store for 20+ years) is not inclined to circumvent the market: “Despite being a progressive living in San Francisco, I do believe in capitalism. I’d like to have the market solve this problem.” That applies not just to his plight, but to the question of the minimum wage: “We’re for a living wage, for a minimum wage, in principle. . . . But I think any law that doesn’t look at whether people can pay may not be the best way to go.” “Why,” he asks, “can’t two consenting people make arrangements for less than x dollars per hour?” 

And the problem goes still deeper. While forcing hundreds of Bay Area small businesses to close, cut staff, or overhaul their practices, San Francisco lawmakers have given multimillion-dollar tax breaks to lure or keep technology giants such as Twitter and Zoosk. “There’s lots of room for the rich and the powerful,” Hibbs observes, “but, really, they’re not doing anything to help small business.”

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

And once again, job satisfaction is first and foremost about relationships

Even if you're pulling down a fat paycheck, if you're earning it at a place where you're treated like dirt, chances are you'll want out.

A new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management found 72% of employees rank "respectful treatment of all employees at all levels" to be the most important factor in job satisfaction. 
The other factors in the top 5 are trust between employees and senior management (64%); benefits (63%), compensation/pay (61%); and job security (59%).

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Asshole Factory - The Impact Of Technology On Work (A MUST READ)

"What is Mara’s job like? Her sales figures are monitored…by the microsecondBy hidden cameras and mics. They listen to her every word; they capture her every movement; that track and stalk her as if she were an animal; or a prisoner; or both. She’s jacked into a headset that literally barks algorithmic, programmed “orders” at her, parroting her own “performance” back to her, telling her how she compares with quotas calculated…down to the second…for all the hundreds of items in the store…which recites “influence and manipulation techniques” to her…to use on unsuspecting customers…that sound suspiciously like psychological warfare. It’s as if the NSA was following you around……and it was stuck in your head…telling you what an inadequate failure you were…psychologically waterboarding you…all day long…every day for the rest of your life.'

A not-to-missed article on the impact of technology on the meaning of work in modernity.

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Truth About Jobs In America (VIDEO)

Video with charts and graphs illustrating the backward nature of the job market in America.  If you are interested in looking past the disingenuous spin of statistics by government, this is A MUST WATCH.

Monday, March 30, 2015

US signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S.
The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism.
And, no, I did not make that up.  
I thought (until now) that by allowing micro-units and ambush elections that the President had given organized labor everything they wanted.  I guess not.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Obama Promises Rare Veto on GOP Attempt to Curb National Labor Relations Board

The measure to limit the power of the NLRB to enact "quickie elections" passed on a vote of 232-186, with all but three Republicans voting in favor, and all House Democrats voting against. The vote mirrored the partisan divide on labor issues in the Senate, where 53 Republicans voted in favor, with 44 Democrats and just one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voting against the bill.
Republicans pushed the vote forward as an expression of disapproval of steps by the NLRB to ease worker election procedures in union organizing campaigns at private-sector workplaces. The NLRB hadannounced last yearthat it will change its procedures to allow many union elections to take place more quickly, leading opponents to dub the change the “ambush rule,” meaning that labor unions would ambush anti-union employers with quick elections. With the promised veto from Obama, the NLRB rule is currently scheduled to go into effect next month.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Suicide Rates Among American Workers Continues To Rise

Suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up considerably in recent years, claiming an average of 36,000 lives annually.
Most people take their lives in or near home. But suicide on the job is also increasing and, according to federal researchers, suicide risk changes depending on the type of work people do.
Clearly there are endemic and growing issues in the American workplace that increase the pressure and stress on the American employee.  
Competition from abroad, for example, results in many employees competing for their own jobs.  
Still other employees work full-time and cannot afford even a modest existence, some even remaining homeless with a job.  
And millions suffer from under-employment, toiling at jobs far beneath their capacities.  
The forward-thinking employer considers these realities in their own workplaces and looks to resolve those issues they can and address openly those they cannot.