All you Anti-union people out there, be sure to show up to work on Monday.
2013-Aug-30 9:12 pm: ·
jmn1207 Premium join:2000-07-19 Ashburn, VA kudos:1
Re: Labor Day
Unfortunately anti-corruption and anti-union are synonymous now, with only a few exceptions.
2013-Aug-30 11:21 pm: ·
KrK Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy Premium join:2000-01-17 Tulsa, OK
Re: Labor Day
Yes, it is all the rage now to be pro-large corporations and anti-worker. Allow cheap labor to flood in, allow bogus H1B Visas to undercut skilled labor and the like. Crack down on labor costs as much as possible, and break all unions. Can't have 1st world wages anymore... Oh, but make sure you demand the utmost 1st world prices from the same consumers and workers. We sure don't want in competition in that regard. Pay them cheap, and price products high. 'MURICA!! -- "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
If you like that price floors raise the unemployment rate and trigger inflation, thank a union.
If you like that all of your food has high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar, thank a union.
If you like that twinkies are no longer made in America, thank a union.
If you like that it is so risky to hire people that now the preferred thing to do is contract out work, thank a union.
If you like that millions of jobs have been priced out of the market and are now offshored because they are simply too expensive to remain competitive here, thank a union.
2013-Sep-2 3:02 am: ·
CXM_Splicer Looking at the bigger picture Premium join:2011-08-11 NYC kudos:1
Re: Labor Day
Yes, because the unions control everything. Multi-billion dollar corporations are all puppets, secretly manipulated by elite unionists with the desire to destroy the country. I think Rakeesh has been smoking the Hashish!
Weekends All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks Paid Vacation FMLA Sick Leave Social Security Minimum Wage Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination) 8-Hour Work Day Overtime Pay Child Labor Laws Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) 40 Hour Work Week Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp) Unemployment Insurance Pensions Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations Employer Health Care Insurance Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees Wrongful Termination Laws Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 Whistleblower Protection Laws Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee) Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS) Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises) Sexual Harassment Laws Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Holiday Pay Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance Privacy Rights Pregnancy and Parental Leave Military Leave The Right to Strike Public Education for Children Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work) Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States
Let's get one thing straight...
Employers and Corporations did not feel generous and decide to give you two days off every week to have a social/personal life. (We now call them weekends). Corporations did not just feel like being nice one day and give their employees paid vacations. CEOs didn't get together in a board room and say "Let's give our employees more rights at work" or "Maybe there should be laws to limit our power over an employee".
Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy everyday are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.
The right-wing attack on unions is nothing more than ignorance, lack of education, and propaganda.
If republicans would rather support corporations instead of organized groups of workers working to secure a fair work environment A.K.A a union, I ask them to walk the walk as well. Give up every benefit and right that you use that unions are responsible for.
Complete trust and submit yourself to the corporate agenda you fight for. Play by their rules with no influence from democrats or labor unions to try to force rights among the workers of this country. Dedicate your life to their life goal of making your company more money than the year before. Just understand that this may mean sacrificing the union fought rights you enjoy everyday. I mean, you don't want to be a hypocrite, do you? Like bashing unions on your union fought lunch break? Which means if you practice what you preach, you don't get a lunch break.
Corporations use to work employees 80+ hours a week, offer no breaks, hire children, offer horrid, unsanitary work conditions, paid literally next to nothing, and even murder. Not murder with a pen like they do today, but actual murder. They basically did whatever they wanted.
This is what they were like before unions. Don't take my word for it, look it up. (Links at bottom of page). If we rid the world of unions tomorrow, who is to say that they won't go right back to the way they were merely 70 years ago? The GOP governor of Maine signed a bill to repeal child labor laws this year, maybe they are going back to their roots whether we have unions or not.
So conservatives, please practice what you preach and give up all these rights and leave the umbrella of these laws for they were brought to you by unions...
And seriously, you need to take a labor history class to understand how much blood, sweat, and tears hit the ground to give you the benefits people take for granted today.
.... and I already know what the response is going to be: "Unions have served their purpose" The most ignorant response from people that are NOT in a Union. I feel the backwards direction we're heading in due to the reduction of membership in my own union. Benefits and wages, working conditions, labor laws, all systematically being trampled by people with power and influence. Most employers do not care about their employees in any which way. Hell, a lot of employers dont even care about the treatment of their customers. The only thing that seems to matter is stock price and golden parachutes while front line workers, and customers, get treated like crap. Customers and employees are not people, they are merely statistics on a spreadsheet.
Get your head on straight, because even the low percentage of unions workers is still keeping a living wage for most in this country.
Actually that list is rather full of shit, several items in there have nothing to do with unions, and several items in there are basically the same thing listed multiple times. That first entry for example - weekends, and indeed 8 hour work days were originally established as employee incentives to reduce turnover by a rather well known capitalist. It proved to be rather advantageous to his business to the point that the practice spread to other companies as well.
By this time, sunday was already commonly taken as a day off. The federal government codified this less than a decade later. And oh gee, 8 hours a day 5 days, 40 hour work week, you think? Lets add it anyways to pad our list of what is already bullshit. I like how they also put lunch breaks in there as if nobody ever allowed their employees to eat lunch before unions came around, what a joke.
Furthermore, if nobody ever worked weekends these days the economy couldn't do what it does today. I mean take the subject of this website - broadband. Imagine you have an outage on a weekend. Sorry union rules, nobody works on weekends, just wait 72 hours and we'll have you back up.
Fortunately we have plenty of people who are willing to handle it.
Minimum wage is actually a bad idea, by the way. Even the most liberal economists (take Paul Krugman for example) will tell you that in the end all it does is raise unemployment and reduce the purchasing power of the poor. What good is higher income if everything costs more? And if one of your things is to complain about income distribution, minimum wage increases are actually known to make that worse.
Some of these other items are just plain stupid - military leave? Yeah unions in the military, that would work so well. Unless you're talking about reserve leave from a civilian employer, in which case that was codified into law for the purpose of increasing enlistment.
That whole list is a joke.
Oh and I'm not a conservative.
Anyways don't let any of that get in the way of your vision of gumdrop smiles that unions make, ignoring that even during their heyday they were mostly just a tool of the mafia to shakedown businesses. In addition, the original unions were formed by white people who wanted to keep minorities out of the workplace for all but the worst jobs.
2013-Sep-3 12:59 am: ·
CXM_Splicer Looking at the bigger picture Premium join:2011-08-11 NYC kudos:1
I read two paragraphs and stopped reading. So off the top of my head, I know that Unions had to originally fight for not an 8 hour day, but a TWELVE HOUR DAY ! Then, they fought for a TEN HOUR DAY, then finally eight. I'll be back later, have to go to work.
2013-Sep-3 6:52 am: ·
KrK Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy Premium join:2000-01-17 Tulsa, OK
Spoken by a true zealot who obviously doesn't know much about any of the examples he just quoted.
2013-Sep-5 7:01 pm: ·
hello123454 Premium join:2002-02-02 Wilmington, DE kudos:1
Just remember now in the US we honor those who work, By demanding the stores be open causing them to work.
Federal holidays did at one point meant something in America, Now it means discount prices on TVs from Korea, China and Japan.
Don't complain. Those low paying, part time, no benefit jobs are about all that's left in the new Amerika. -- "when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government." - The U.S. Declaration of Independence
Work! Weekend # 22. 6 more to go (Yes, I AM counting). Enjoy your stay.
Enjoy your work. You and your fellow workers do it well. I enjoyed my stay a few weekends ago. -- "when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government." - The U.S. Declaration of Independence
The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic Co.'s flagship Galaxy S4 phone. The firm said the Moto X's overall production cost is just 9 percent more than that of Apple's iPhone 5.
The findings come as little surprise, as the labor cost of a phone is just a small part of its production cost. IHS estimates that labor and other assembly costs Motorola $12 per phone for the Moto X, bringing the production cost to $226. That compares with $207 for the iPhone 5 and $237 for the Galaxy S4. IHS said Motorola is able to keep the cost of parts low by using standard components that don't break much new ground.
Can the US get back in the game assembling consumer electronic devices? We have Vizio HDTVs and now Motorola amartphones assembled in the US. -- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
At least two companies, if not more, are expected to announce powerful new mobile devices built around Qualcomms Snapdragon 800 chip.
Sonys Xperia Ultra and LGs G2 may or may not fully utilize the chips functionality.
For example, the Snapdragon 800 supports much higher resolution video capture: Enough to display such content on a UHD HDTV if you have one. That means stills of up to 21 megapixels or video at 4,000 x 2,000 pixels. The chip can also push a lot of pixels on a screen too, supporting displays up to 2560 x 2048 or sending 1080p video wirelessly through Miracast. A new Adreno 330 graphics chip is expected to boost visual performance by 50 percent from the prior version; when combined with the display tech it should offer some excellent gaming opportunties.
From a wireless perspective, 802.11ac Wi-Fi is natively supported, offering faster speeds and greater range for those with a compatible router. I upgraded to one of these routers earlier this year and see a noticeable boost with devices that support the standard.
Qualcomm also includes its Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which it says charges devices 75 percent faster than phones or tablets without the feature.
Had an issue with my Xfinity Home Control service with the lighting controller not working. Called 1800Comcast to get the number since they don't deal with the xfinity home part of the deal. Rep was pleasant and gave me the number. So I called the number and got an American call center (surprisingly) but the rep was rude and unpleasant. I explained the issue. She put me on hold without saying please hold. Waited on hold a good ten minutes and got disconnected. Issue seems to have gone away.
Companies these days forget they are overhead and customers are profit. The thing of the matter is you need to invest in overhead to rake in profit. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I was driving mom and grandma to garage sales (I've got better things to do with my time as garage sales are not my favorite activity) and we came across an estate sale. Among the items for sale at the estate sale was a DirecTV receiver and I politely reminded the host that DirecTV wants their equipment back. I think the equipment in question was a D10 SD receiver.
I probably spared the family from collection agency hell. Not much you can collect off of a deceased individual unless the estate has money and that takes the long process of going through probate. I felt kind of sad thinking this was once somebody's things and a grieving family had to decide to sell them off. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
DirecTV never wanted my equipment back, just their access cards which they got. I continue to own all four boxes, the hard drives in them etc, and once my initial contract term was up it was all mine including the dish.
The only thing to look out for is a bricked unit - if there's an account in arrears associated with a box you'll not be able to activate it (without paying anyway, in which case just buy a new one). -- Time is an abstract concept invented by carbon based life forms to monitor their constant decay.-Thunderclese
LOL - Google executive suite turning in to a reality TV show
The Google executive suite is turning in to a reality TV show. Execs leaving; girlfriends getting multi-million $ investment war chests; wives & girlfriends switching to new exec suite partners; defection to Chinese competitor; etc.
It seems all hell breaking loose after the adult running Google(Eric Schmidt) left as CEO and was booted upstairs to Exec Chairman. -- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
2013-Aug-31 5:14 pm: ·
Kommie Premium join:2003-05-13 united state kudos:2
Labor Day:Boston Wobblies Support Workers at Insomnia Cookie
From the Boston IWW On August 22 at Harvard Square, Wobblies, students, radicals, community members, and workers from Insomnia Cookies hit the picket line hard. Roughly about 40 people came out to show solidarity with workers who are struggling for better pay, better working conditions, and respect.
Many passersby showed solidarity with the striking workers by offering kind words. Some even joined the picket line. When curious people found out about the disgustingly low wages, and the disrespect workers receive, they where appalled. We turned away many a customer at a time when the shop gets increased business from tourists and college students. Fast food employees across the nation are starting to resist their oppressive work situations. The staff at Insomnia Cookies has joined this common front that been developing against very exploitative corporate food chains. Wobblies are helping fast food workers to organize. We call on all workers to show solidarity with this struggle.
ARGONAUT Have a nice day. Premium join:2006-01-24 New Albany, IN kudos:1
Microsoft has cut Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications.
The three certifications had, until last week, been billed as Microsoft's most elite qualifications. MCSM, for example, earns the label The pinnacle of professional distinction here on Redmond's Find the right IT certification page. The MCM is praised as Microsoft's deepest level of product expertise here while the MCA is said to Distinguish your expertise as one of the highest-achieving professionals in IT.
Having an MRI done on my right hand today (yes on a Sunday on Labor Day weekend). PA thinks might be related to repetitive strain injury but they want to look further.
And that is the hand that I operate my iPhone with. There has been known injuries with the blackberries with the click wheels on them. Maybe the iPhones are doing the same thing. And I'm not the best with computer ergonomics. I've been known to use my MacBook Pro while lying in bed. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I do a fair bit of traveling. I am also a bit picky about what I eat and rarely just walk into a restaurant without having researched it first. That being said, it is amazing how few restaurants have their menus posted online. It's the easiest thing in the world an owner can do to draw in customers. If there's no menu, 9 out of 10 times I choose a different restaurant.
The long rumored deal for Verizon to buyout Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless will be announced on Monday. Vodafone getting $130 bilion in cash, stock, & incidentals to go away. -- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
I got ultra TV last week It's a big improvement over the passport guide and dvr that cox uses and I got a speed increase at the same time to! Hears the info for ultra tv if any one is interested! »www.wowway.com/our-products/ultr···e-hd-dvr
TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable have ended their monthlong dispute and resumed broadcast programming in millions of homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.
The agreement ends a blackout of CBS and CBS-owned channels that included Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel. The contract disagreement started Aug. 2 and affected more than 3 million homes. Broadcasting resumed Monday evening on the East Coast.
-- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
2013-Sep-2 8:22 pm: ·
EGeezer Go Cats Premium join:2002-08-04 Midwest kudos:8
Lava Lamp Happiness
The venerable Lava Lamp is fifty years old tomorrow.