STRIKE!!!! STRIKE!!!! STRIKE!!!!!
Better Believe It (1000+ posts) Fri Aug-06-10 09:01 PM
Original message Newsweek: Have American Workers Had Enough? Employees are tired and disillusioned with employers
Have American Workers Had Enough?
Surveys show employees are tired and disillusioned with their employers.
by Nancy Cook
August 6, 2010
As companies cut a higher-than-expected 131,000 jobs in July, you can't blame the American worker for seething. Wages remain stagnant and unemployment is at 9.5 percent, even as employee productivity is at levels not seen since 2002. Much of the workforce has endured pay cuts, furloughs, and a loss of benefits. During the same time frame, corporate profits have rebounded, according to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Main Street may not be adding jobs, but Wall Street went on a hiring binge, and according to a recent report by Obama's executive-compensation czar, banks paid $1.58 billion in bonuses at the end of 2008, just days after receiving federal bailout money and dangerously close to the nexus of the financial collapse.
Is it any wonder the average employee is in a bad mood? "There's more of a divide in terms of compensation between senior executives and the average worker now," says Thomas Kochan, a professor of management at MIT. "This will have a lasting effect and lead to lower trust and lower confidence in management." If this environment lingers, it could lead to a profound cultural change in the way Americans view work.
Could this signal the return of workers' confidence and attitude—enough to ask for long overdue raises or the return of benefits that were taken away? New Yorker Ilana Arazie feels this change, even as she searches for a new full-time job. The 35-year-old lost her position in digital marketing at the Associated Press in November 2009. Since then, she survived through a mix of freelance writing and unemployment checks while launching a blog called Downtown Dharma. Five years ago, she dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder. Now she dreams of finding a position that does not consume her life. "I think people are less apt to take jobs that stick them in a cubicle," she says.
Even more nonsense at the linky...
This thread went exactly where I thought it would. But one post stood out for its utter stupidity...
TBF (1000+ posts) Sat Aug-07-10 02:05 PM
Response to Reply #32
41. Demands from the left - A friend of mine wrote these demands several years ago, and they remain a good list today:
1) Universal Single Payer Health Care
2) Promotion/Development of Local Food Systems - WTF does THAT mean???
3) Government subsidized heating programs - For who???
4) 90% Reduction In Military Budget - HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
5) Immediate Development Of Nationwide Mass Transit System - Who pays? See (7)
6) Immediate Withdrawal Of US Troops From All Parts Of The Globe
7) Triple The Taxes For Anyone Making Over $75,000/ Year. Sliding Scale Tilting Upwards - Incredible
8) Immediate Dissolution Of All Federal Banking Systems followed by Creation Of Local Currencies
8) Elimination Of Rent/Mortgage - Free Condos in Boca!!!!!
10) Fair Trials For All Members Of The Senate -
11) Open Borders For People, Closed Borders For Bananas
12) Elimination of all Free Trade Agreements
Naturally when I skip into my polling place and look for these issues on the ballot I'll be aroused and gleeful to pull that lever "in favor of" but lacking that I’d say it’s time for direct action.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Massive boycotts and a general strike.
- A huge 'None of the above' vote-reform campaign
Who's in Da White House????