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Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by ItsEvolutionBaby
You're right on the money, OP. Too tired to post any relevant links, but yes its part of the attack on workers. All handed out in various ways. Should be obvious by now.
So improving productivity is an attack on workers???
Wait until the Obamacare taxes hit businesses this year! You may be begging for that job you complain about today.
Originally posted by GeorgiaGirl
I'm a teacher, and we have been told for years that we should just be "thankful you have a job." All while being furloughed and being asked to do more and more for less pay. Most teachers now work late into the evening and on weekends just to keep up.
Originally posted by Wildbob77
I worked a series of really lame jobs while I was putting myself through college.
I made sure that I got a degree in something that would have a good salary.
I've been well paid for a long time.
The lesson here is don't end up loading trucks for a living.
Originally posted by stirling
Maybe you have a decent job phage.
Countless other people are getting screwed by being hired part time instead of full time. they merely hire twice the staff they need and screw the workers for their full time benefits.
Sometimes i wonder for all your knowledgeable pronouncements if your head is really screwed on straight.
The gains that the unions have won over the decades have all mostly been clawed back in innovative ways by the greedy companies.
Originally posted by WaterBottle
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Your experience with a mom and pop is not indicative of most corporate structures.
I understand that.
I'm talking about capitalism as a whole.
Originally posted by DarKPenguiN
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
The fact you mention truck unloading makes it a super sore spot in terms of how this is done in the world of freight. I cannot count the number of times I paid anywhere from $80 for a couple pallets to as much as $300 for a frozen load ...JUST for the "kind generosity" of the customer who ordered the freight my truck brought to get it OFF my truck and into their warehouse.
Once upon a time, a driver could pick up guys out front and drive in to have them unload. Those guys actually GOT the $100-$150 that it was back then. Then...they moved inside the fence as contractors. I imagine the pay dropped starting about that time for them. Oh, then even places like Walmart decided it was cool to charge the truck to unload what THEY ordered ..and I KNOW their people weren't getting diddly squat compared to the money being paid 100% and solely for the service of unloading.
BTW... That $80-$300 paid for what might be 15 minutes or it might be a few hours....and figure that one for what the guys doing the work should have seen in their own pockets. Heck, once upon a time, they DID. Now? You're right. They get pennies on dollars while the truckers get shafted ..or the companies do, and just add it to the freight bill ...which works back to the receiver eventually, right into the price on your store shelf.
Yeah, my buddy is a lumper- His company charges up to $300 to unload (using 2 Lumpers) and pays the lumpers $10/hour.
ADD- Something I saw in kentucky (and never since) was that there would be 2 Mcdonalds (or Pizza Huts or whatever) in a City- They would work someone 39 hours at one and have them punch out and go to the other- Work 10 hours (for example) at the second location. Then they would be paid by 2 checks, one for 39 hours and one for 10 hours- No overtime.
This was not voluntary or optional and was rampant. Since moving to Michigan I see the opposite- NOW what the fast Food places are doing (here anyhow) is keeping everyone hours at 26/week but doing it in such a shady way that the entire week is ruined- For example, scheduling someone to Open and work for 2 hours then go home. Punch back in during the lunch rush and go home. Punch in during the dinner rush and then go home. Literally scheduling to make someone work 2 tiny shifts in a day spread out over a ton of hours.
-And since there isnt anything here- People are doing it and fighting for the chance.edit on 2-5-2013 by DarKPenguiN because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Aazadan
Nothing to do with trucks but where I work, last week a notice went around that in order to cut health care costs due to Obamacare all full time employees would be dropped from 40 hours to 29 hours. All part time employees would have their hours cut in half. At this point I should mention that full time employees got the states Cadillac health care plan, it was the best one available in Ohio. Earlier this week a new cost cutting measure was announced, they need to reduce payroll by 15% and rather than give everyone a paycut (they've done a 5% paycut every 6 months for the past 2 years) they're going to have everyone secretly rebid on what they're willing to work for. They'll then base who they keep employed based on how much money each employee wants.
It's the new American Way.