reply to post by v1rtu0s0
I couldn't agree more. You've hit the nail on the head. It's nice to see this reality articulated. I'm looking for work right now. I've been
criticized by some for not taking the "Mcdonald's Route" or settling for minimum wage.
I'm almost 47 years old. I can't even afford to work for $8/hr. Hell, the bottom of the barrel for me is $10/hr ( and I live in So Cal )...try living
on $10 and hour in So Cal. ( and yes, I went to school, and I have a skill set. I want to change careers though. My chosen field is no longer meeting
my needs ). So yeah, I'm hungry for Upward Social Mobility. I want to reinvent myself, make more money, and contribute more to the tax base by doing
So where are the opportunities?
The conservative take is that you're only responsible for yourself, so if your neighbor goes down the tubes financially, who cares? That's their
problem, not yours, correct?
A friend has criticized me saying, "Well, $8/hr is better than the nothing you're making now. You can do that, and find another job while you work
that one." This is BS. If I went to work for $8/hr, I wouldn't be at a place where I would get 40 hrs a week. They don't want me to have benefits, so
they'll keep me begging at 32 hours, maybe 36....you have to be careful, you know, I might actually make some money too.
So what do you do? Get a second $8/hr job? Sure! Then what? You're working 60 or 70 hours a week...driving back and forth, and you're too damn tired
to chase down another job, much less have a social life.
This is my personal premise; I work to live, not live to work.
Here's part of the problem; we are not our parents or our grandparents. We have access to more information, and we are better educated. We have looked
behind the curtain, and we ARE paying attention to The Man behind it. We have seen companies make bank while cutting benefits to employees, busting
unions, outsourcing jobs overseas, or simply one day closing their doors without warning. Companies and investment groups feel no loyalty to their
employees at all. Loyalty has nothing to do with profit.
The babyboomer generation grew up with a sense of loyalty to their employers. They sacrificed for the company, they gave it their all. They built
their lives around their work schedule. They had been indoctrinated to function this way, and they happily complied. Why? In part because their wages
were increasing, and their standard of living was getting better. That was a tangible incentive to hang in there.
My generation, "Gen X", sees no reward for working hard and committing to an employer. Your wages start out mediocre, and the "raises" are laughable.
Lazy? Really? I don't think so. Employers now go to great lengths to make sure you don't work enough hours to qualify for benefits. They use temp
agencies to keep you on the hook, without hiring you on permanently ( again,so you don't qualify for benefits ). They'll let you work your temp
contract to it's conclusion, and then let you go, and bring in more temps to fill your slot.
I have known more than one person who has been working at a company for years, and starting to max out at their pay grade...and the next thing you
know, that person is "downsized" out of the company, and someone younger who works for less ( and doesn't ask for benefits ) is hired to take their
place. Or that work load is spread out to the remaining employees thereby increasing their work load, but without a raise to compensate for the
We see through these games and dirty tricks. The employers are being inherently disingenuous in their tactics, and yet the employee is just expected
to suck it up and accept this state of affairs. I mean, you do have rent to pay, kids to feed...you will comply out of desperation eventually,
We see through the charade. We are angry about it, and we don't want to keep playing a game that has been rigged against us from the start. Only a
chump does that.The rich want to stay rich, and they need a lot of chumps to prop them up.
Some newer Tech companies have taken a different tact, ( Google for instance ), but these are few and far between. As the older generation dies off,
we may see more companies that have a different set of ethics come to the fore. Maybe. But the wolves are hungry. They are encircling their prey, and
every day their advantage increases. Their less opportunistic ( i.e. more ethical ) competitors may not wield the same power and influence over the
Then again, that's just my insight. What the hell do I know after all, I don't have a job and I'm obviously lazy.
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