"The so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws — they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics. What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money."
President Obama • During a speech in Michigan today, clearly laying out his views on a new law that will make Michigan the 24th “right to work” state in the country. Michigan’s House of Representatives is expected to review the bill on Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Snyder could sign it into law by the end of the day. Massive protests took place at the capital building, and union workers opposed to its passage say they’ll be back tomorrow. source (via shortformblog)
"These Gen Y’s - millennials - coming in having led these incredibly feedback-rich lives. Press a button, something happens. Play a game, you get a score. Send a text, and a sound indicates that it successfully went out. Then they get into the workplace, and feedback comes in the form of a once-a-year, awkward, 45-minute conversation with your boss. It’s a feedback desert."
Your unemployment crisis is breaking news when it hits 8.2%? Tell me what that level of economic security is like.
The chart to the right is one that I made a while back about the whitewashing of the “wage gap” as it is commonly talked about in the u.s. The stats used are:
- White women 6.5%
- Black women 14.0%
- Latina women 10.7%
- White men 6.1%
- Black men 14.5%
- Latino men 9.7%
- Overall 7.1%
- White women 4.7%
- Black women 10.9%
- Latina women 8.4%
- White men 4.9%
- Black men 11.9%
- Latino men 8.0%
- Overall 5.6%
- White women 3.6%
- Black women 7.1%
- Latina women 6.8%
- White men 3.4%
- Black men 8.0%
- Latino men 5.0%
- Overall 4.0%
- White women 7.7%
- Black women 13.8%
- Latina women 12.3%
- White men 9.6%
- Black men 18.4%
- Latino men 12.7%
- Overall 9.6%
Note that these are conservative counts by the u.s. Dept. of Labor.
So this is breaking news to whom?
In definitely sucks being a black man looking for a job in America *sigh*
Whatever you do: don’t hurt the job creators!
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The Tory and tabloid attitude to getting a job no matter what, even if there ostensibly aren’t enough to go around reminds me of an anecdote my sister told me about university.
During a photography project she arrived to set up the exhibition space a few minutes late and there was no more mounting space at which point the tutor told her ‘well if you’d got here earlier you’d have got a space’ which led her to think ‘but then someone else would be without a space’.
If there were 20 people on the course there should be enough space for 20 people. Even if everyone walked in the door simultaneously, bang on time, someone would have to go without in this bizarre system.
As with job hunting, people should not be punished and labelled as ‘lazy’ for not ‘finding’ a job when there aren’t enough jobs to go around, even if everyone tried really really hard, went to 10 interviews a day and sent (*vomit*) flowers to their interviewers there would still be loads without a job because there just aren’t enough.