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  • Unexpectedly: The New York Times discovers that many don’t have to work in the age of Obama

    12/12/2014 9:34:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    p>He was right when he called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” With Moscow occupying sovereign foreign territory in Europe for the first time since 1989, and as American tanks and possibly even nuclear weapons are headed back to the European front, the 1980s called and they clearly got their foreign policy back. He was right to warn about the expansion of Islamic extremists into formerly obscure places like Northern Mali. Despite being mocked by the unduly self-assured for his insistence that Islamic radicalism in North Africa was a threat to global security, France introduced troops into that country in...
  • Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility

    12/09/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2014 | John Hawkins
    “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society whereno one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming...
  • The 8 Jobs In High Demand That Don't Require A College Degree

    11/20/2014 1:23:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 20, 2014 | Kathryn Dill
    (SLIDESHOW-AT-LINK)As the high demand for skilled labor continues to dominate conversations about hiring, some jobs that don’t require a college degree remain open month after month, with few workers to fill them. This list, compiled by CareerBuilder with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. showcases roles for which a college degree is not required and where the number of jobs posted by companies each month far exceeds the number of workers employers are able to hire. “Job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage,” said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO. ”For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S, the rate at...
  • Job news!!!

    11/07/2014 1:15:17 PM PST · by deputytess · 9 replies
    I got a part time job in a Des office as a receptionist, but I may be able to use my phlebotomy skills to. Thanks for all your prayers. :)
  • Suit Filed to Halt Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients in New Mexico

    10/28/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 27, the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project, and a number of food stamp recipients filed suit to halt work requirements for food stamp recipients which are set to go into effect in November. The Associated Press reports the changes would require "some childless adults [to] work in order to receive food stamps." Other recipients would have to "search for a job or participate in community service or job training."
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    09/30/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Linda Tirado
    Linda Tirado photographed by Scott Suchman near her home in Washington DC for the Observer New Review. Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why… because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own words •Q&A with Linda Tirado In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls....
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers—without notice—a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Lee’s story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonald’s or Apple. There...
  • Why Did We Celebrate Labor Day?

    09/06/2014 5:16:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Labor Day was originally concocted by labor unions and the idea was to celebrate the union movement. But unions – at least in the private sector -- are being replaced by a different form of labor monopoly: occupational licensing. Should we set aside one day a year to celebrate licensing? Or should we celebrate instead the right to work? Membership in labor unions has been nose diving over the last half century. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11 percent of the workforce belongs to a union today. That’s down from about 30 percent during the 1950s. Private...
  • One-Third of Americans Are Freelancers Now

    09/05/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    new report shows some 53 million Americans—or 34 percent of the U.S. workforce—are now working as freelancers in some capacity. "This is more than an economic change," asserts the report, a joint effort from the Freelancer's Union and freelance markeplaces oDesk and eLance. It's also "a cultural and social shift" that will "have major impacts on how Americans conceive of and organize their lives, their communities, and their economic power." The first and last time anyone looked at the freelance worker population in the U.S. was 2004, in a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Back then the GAO...
  • More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’(working for free)

    09/01/2014 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/31/2014 | NYT
    MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores. Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.
  • The Value of Work and Labor Day

    08/28/2014 6:04:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 per...
  • Can You Escape Work Emails on Holiday?

    08/04/2014 4:46:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    The first email in Germany was sent 30 years ago on Friday and today 62 percent of people in Germany receive at least 20 emails a day. But rules over receiving and sending emails outside of work hours in Germany are still not clear-cut. A quarter of Germans get more than 50 emails a day, while a tenth receive more than 100 a day, according to a YouGov poll. The constant stream of emails makes it hard to switch off, but short of returning to your Nokia 3210 and cutting yourself off from all the benefits of a smartphone, what...
  • Belief in Work Ethic Strong Across Africa

    08/01/2014 10:37:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Gallup ^ | 8/1/14
    Africans are among the most likely in the world to believe people in their countries can get ahead by working hard. The 85% of Africans who said they believed this in 2013 rivals results found in more developed nations, and is on par with the 84% who believe this in Northern America. This faith in work ethic could be a major asset to plans that may emerge next week at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where African and U.S. leaders will focus on ways to stimulate growth and opportunities for the next generation.
  • Why a global three-day workweek would be good for innovation

    08/01/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dominic Basulto
    The world’s second-richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico, recently proposed the concept of a global three-day workweek at a business conference in Paraguay, arguing that working three days a week for a longer period of our lives — potentially up to age 75 — would better reflect the underlying economic and demographic reality of the modern world. ........................................................... But the real argument for the three-day workweek comes when you think of its ability to boost the innovation potential of individuals, companies and even nations. Working fewer hours a week frees up time to take on personal creativity and passion projects.
  • Funny Interviews: Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants

    07/27/2014 6:31:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | april 2014 | Reader's Digest
    "An individual applied for a customer-service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, 'Dealing with people.'" "I had somebody list their prison time as a job. And an exotic dancer who called herself a 'customer service representative.'"
  • Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan

    07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | The Editors
    President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of “thinly veiled Social Darwinism” for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal. Obama’s partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic that’s often politically neglected. Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an “Opportunity Grant” to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they...
  • Guess Who's Being Fired?

    07/24/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Bob Goldman
    Is everything copasetic at your job? Are you feeling happy, content and secure? If so, I have some advice for you -- DON'T! Know it or not, like it or not, you could be whisking down the road to termination. In the slightly altered words of "The Music Man," that's Termination with a capital "T," and that rhymes with "Thee," and that stands for "Canned." If you're not worried now, take a quick peek at a recent column by Joann S. Lublin in The Wall Street Journal. Titled "Six Subtle Signs You're About to Lose Your Job," Lublin lays out...
  • Obama: It’s Lonely Doing All The Work

    07/11/2014 3:29:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-10-14 | Staff
    Obama complained Thursday that he’s “lonely” doing all the work in Washington by himself, without Congress. “You know it is lonely, me just doing stuff. I’d love it if the Republicans did stuff too,” he said during his speech in Austin, Texas. “Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys: ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy’,” Obama remarked, quoting Mark Wahlberg’s character in “a great movie called ‘The Departed.’ A little violent for kids.”
  • Obama: It's Lonely Doing All The Work

    07/10/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/10/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon
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  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

    07/08/2014 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 44 replies
    Newser ^ | June 8, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills, was a temp worker—died after climbing inside a huge hopper to remove sugar clogs on February 25, 2013. The warehouse manager told the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that he had asked for a safety screen to prevent such an accident, but after one was installed, the plant manager decided to...
  • Why 9-5 Wont Work For Millennials

    06/30/2014 3:55:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 6-30-14 | Kern Carter
    My mother is sixty something and anxiously counting down the days till she could retire her nurses uniform for good. She's been working consistently for 40 years, and when she speaks of retiring I can sense relief still mixed with a bit of anxiety. The sense of relief is obvious, but it boggles me that after 40 years of dedicated work, rarely calling in sick and in fact winning awards for her diligence and treatment of patients, that my mother is still concerned about whether or not she will be financially secure once she calls it quits. I see the...
  • Millennials want money, but not hard work

    06/30/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-14 | Brett Graff
    Amy McGraw doesn't want us to get the wrong impression of her daughter, Rebecca Leahy. The recent graduate of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., works hard -- really hard, in school, on her dance team and beyond. But after Leahy found a summer retail job at the mall, she told her new boss she wasn't available to work on Wednesdays. "It's a different mentality from when I was her age," McGraw said. "She has nothing scheduled on Wednesdays. She wanted time to go to the beach and shopping with her friends. I was wondering if that comes from...
  • Email: VA Doctors Have Nothing To Do At Work

    06/25/2014 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/25/14 | Patrick Howley
    Doctors at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office are sitting around with nothing to do, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans continue to wait for medical appointments. “Urgent! Need work for In-house Physicians,” wrote the Office’s assistant veterans service center manager Ameen Khabir in the subject line of a June 19 email to colleagues, which he placed on “High” importance. The Regional Office is responsible for processing compensation, benefits, employment and insurance claims. More than 276,000 veteran benefit claims across the country are still backlogged, having been waiting for more than 125 days....
  • [snip] Grumpy and negative people are more efficient than happy colleagues

    06/21/2014 6:32:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11:16 EST, 20 June 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Haters could be characterised as less active because they do fewer things as people with a positive attitude. But they could also be characterised as more focused because they spend more time on the small number of tasks. ‘The present results demonstrate that patterns of general action may occur for reasons other than the desire to be active versus inactive,’ the researchers wrote. ‘Indeed, some people may be more active than others not because they want to be active per se, but because they identify a large number of specific behaviours in which they want to engage.’ The findings may...
  • Obama Speaks in Pittsburgh, Best Golf Courses for him there...

    06/17/2014 9:49:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Nachumlist | 6/17/14 | Nachum
    Cue up the song: Life Styles of the Rich and Famous!Our beloved fearless leader goes to Pittsburgh today to speak about the economy, or something.  So, we here at FR appreciate his difficult task he is performing for the American people.  As immigrant children flood our border, we turn yellow and run from our commitments abroad, use the IRS to attack those 'nattering nabobs of negativity' AKA Tea Baggers- er Tea Party enemies- er citizens and stonewall those bothersome Fox News inspired low down dirty Republicans on those idiotic committees, it naturally TIME FOR GOLF.  And as such, from now...
  • Employees sue company claiming they were forced to say “I love you”(it gets wielder)

    06/13/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Yahoo
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former employees, against a Syosset, New York company claiming that workers were forced to participate in religious activities at work and fired if they refused. As reported by Reuters, United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, made employees pray, thank God for their jobs, and tell managers and colleagues, “I love you.” The practice followed a belief system called “Onionhead,” which was a doctrine created by the aunt of the company’s owner. The EEOC press release says other activities “…included...
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Bosses Should Allow Workers to Take Naps, Proposes Sleep Expert

    06/06/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    A brain professor is taking the concept of flexible work hours to an absolutely new level. Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, has said that employees should be permitted to take short naps at work in order to boost their productivity, reports Daily Mail. Sleeping is vital for memory and learning, adds Professor Hugh Piggins, of Manchester University’s circadian neurobiology lab. The sleep experts revealed in their study that it is only after the Industrial Revolution that people have been obsessed with squeezing all their sleep requirement into one slot. However, they claim that afternoon...
  • Almost 1/3 of US workers now need a permission slip from the government to work

    05/29/2014 12:43:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    University of Minnesota public affairs professor Morris Kleiner has written extensively on the topic of occupational licensing and has been featured before on CD here and here, and by Jimmy P here. Among his key findings: 1. Occupational licensing drives up costs to consumers. Licensed workers earn 15% more on average than their unlicensed counterparts in other states. Across the U.S. economy, occupational licensing adds at least $116 billion a year to the cost of services.2. For several occupations that are regulated in some states but not others (e.g. librarians, nutritionists and respiratory therapists), employment growth for those professions was...
  • Now Trigger-Happy University Students

    05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas. Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism,...
  • Governor's award honors Camp Naco efforts. Local group recognized

    05/09/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    and revitalize Camp Naco gained state-wide recognition this week when it was named one of the recipients of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. “I’ve been working on this project for about 15 years. It’s been slow and difficult, and there’s been some real discouraging times. About once a year I’m ready to give up and then something nice happens like this to keep us growing,” said Becky Orozco of the Naco Heritage Alliance. Orozco, along with fellow alliance members Bill Doelle and Deborah Swartzwelder, has worked for years to preserve and rehabilitate the structures populating several acres of land...
  • Others have noticed that teachers think of themselves as one step removed from coal mine workers

    04/23/2014 1:13:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-23-2014 | Bookworm
    I've commented before about the way in which America's teachers paint themselves as the hardest working, most pathetically abused people in America. In 2011, I noted that today's teachers work fewer hours and are paid more than my dad's generation of teachers, but the latter didn't whine all the time. Last year, I posited a reason for the unusual deference teachers get, and it's not because they're the overworked saints of their own heated imaginations: At National Review, Jason Richwine points out that this martyrdom shtick benefits them in intangible ways, and is the flip side of the disdain with...
  • People who get food stamps now outnumber women who work full time

    04/15/2014 11:36:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/14/2014 | Rick Moran
    Here's a statstic that, taken by itself, doesn't really say much. More American are recieving government assistance for food via the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps) than there are women working full time. CNS: In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That contrasts with the 44,059,000 women who worked full-time, year-round in 2012, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States. For each woman who worked...
  • What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work

    04/09/2014 12:32:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nancy Cook
    Most Americans love to reminisce about their first paying job, whether it was scooping ice cream, babysitting, or working behind a retail counter. It was rarely glamorous, but earning that first paycheck was a point of pride and marked a milestone in a teenager's life. By the time Andrew Sum entered his teenage years, he'd already held a job delivering newspapers. Now as an economist, one of his chief concerns is the state of the labor market for today's teenagers. The employment rates for teenagers, ages 16 to 19, plummeted from 45 percent in 2000 to just 26 percent in...
  • I Looked Up The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America, And Boy Was It Depressing

    04/07/2014 12:07:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/07/2014 | Rob Wile
    If you live in certain buildings in New York City, you get to know your doorman. The weekend guy in my building, Gene, knew I was a business reporter, and on Saturday he asked me what his son should study when he starts City College next year. (City College, by the way, remains the primary option — and a stellar one — for advanced higher ed in New York for the children of what remains of New York's working class.) Anyway, off the top of my head, I was at a loss. I mostly cover energy, an area that obviously...
  • The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

    04/01/2014 7:22:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 04/01/2014 | SVATI KIRSTEN NARULA
    A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn't the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses—a feat that would require superhuman endurance, or maybe a time machine. To take a close look at the tuition history of almost any institution of higher education in America is to confront an unfair...
  • The Note This Employee Left On A Locked Gas Station Door For His Tardy Boss Was Perfect

    03/29/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 73 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | march 29, 2014 | mike miller
    When the manager of a Michigan gas station failed to show up for work on time, her third-shift employee did what any of us would do; he left an angry note on the door, locked up and went home. Okay, most of us would never do it. But how awesome was it that he did?  The BP manager, who declined to be named, said she was running “30 minutes late” because she slept through her alarm. The tardy manager also said she was surprised that “Joe” left the note on the door instead of calling her before leaving the store.
  • Pope to Italian Steel Workers [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2014 7:13:19 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 38 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 20, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope to Italian Steel Workers: work is essential for human dignity, should be available to all (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has reaffirmed that employment is essential to society, families, and individuals and for the dignity of the human person. In a Vatican audience Thursday for staff and families of the Italian Steel Works company “Acciaierie di Terni” celebrating its 130th anniversary, Pope Francis said his thoughts were directed not only to their company and others in the region, but to “all of the working world.” In the current economic climate and the difficulties facing the work environment, the Pope said,...
  • The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers Hours worked are declining, resulting in

    03/16/2014 11:19:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/16/14 | Edward P. Lazear
    Most commentators viewed the February jobs report released on March 7 as good news, indicating that the labor market is on a favorable growth path. A more careful reading shows that employment actually fell—as it has in four out of the past six months and in more than one-third of the months during the past two years. Although it is often overlooked, a key statistic for understanding the labor market is the length of the average workweek. Small changes in the average workweek imply large changes in total hours worked. The average workweek in the U.S. has fallen to 34.2...
  • Is higher ed a job killer?

    03/12/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who argue that higher education is a major league time suck just got more ammunition in a report from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “The most new jobs projected for 2022 are expected to be in occupations requiring a high school diploma or equivalent,” BLS reports. “These occupations are projected to add 4.6 million new jobs. About a quarter of these new jobs will be in healthcare and social assistance. Another major area of projected growth for people with a high school diploma or equivalent is construction, which is expected to add almost 1 million jobs...
  • The Path to Responsibility Can Start With a Broom and a Paycheck

    03/04/2014 9:58:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 28, 2014 | ROBERT DOAR
    ... Those on the My Brother's Keeper team searching for answers about how to help the most "at risk" young minority men would do well to stop by the Doe Fund in New York City, where, for more than 25 years, the organization run by George and Harriet McDonald has helped homeless men. The program they run is based on a clear contract between the shelter managers and the homeless men. "You get up every day and go to work and stay drug free—and we will pay you and house you and feed you. It's as simple as that," Mr....
  • What Are the Best Excuses for Being Late to Work?

    02/27/2014 7:21:52 AM PST · by Focault's Pendulum · 90 replies
    NJ1015.com ^ | February 26, 2014 9:00 PM | Steve Trevelise
    A new national survey by Careerbuilder,com puts traffic on top with 39 per cent of those surveyed. There’s nothing like that helpless feeling of sitting in traffic knowing you’re going to be late for work. Next up, lack of sleep at 19 per cent, followed by problems with bad trabsportation at 8 per cent. 7 per cent blame the weather, 6 percent are late due to dropping children at daycare or school and fifteen per cent of employees of employees admit to arriving late for work at least once a week. But there are other more unusual excuses like…
  • Obama Says Supporters Doing 'God's Work'

    02/25/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/25/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama thanked the group that used to be his reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, in event tonight in Washington. "The work you are doing is God's work," Obama told supporters.
  • Why Democrats Hate Work

    02/12/2014 4:10:54 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2-12-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released a report discussing the ramifications of Obamacare. The report revealed that the work-hour equivalent of approximately 2.5 million jobs would disappear from the workforce, thanks to Obamacare, in a voluntary process in which employees would simply dump out of their jobs, knowing they could get health care through expanded Medicaid and federal subsidies they would lose by working. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., an ideological leftist thought leader, spun the report as a massive positive for Obamacare: "The single mom, who's raising three kids (and) has to keep a job because of health care,...
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • Obama Democrats’ troubling view on work

    02/09/2014 5:46:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Michael Goodwin
    **SNIP** My, oh, my, how times have changed. America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those who escape it. That is the upshot of last week’s remarkable exchange over ObamaCare. It began when the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the interplay of taxes and subsidies in the law “creates a disincentive for people to work.” The report predicted the mix would lead to fewer hours worked, costing the equivalent of nearly 2.5 million jobs. In response, President Obama’s spokesman pleaded guilty — with pride and pleasure.
  • Building a practical and productive future

    02/08/2014 2:46:53 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    wng.org ^ | 1901 | Booker T Washington
    Booker T. Washington wrote one of America’s greatest autobiographies, a story of how he rose from slavery to leadership. Washington did not minimize the hardship along the way... Washington believed in economic empowerment that would leave ex-slaves no longer poor and lead to political empowerment. Here are excerpts from chapters eight and ten of Up from Slavery: An Autobiography, first published in 1901. They detail Washington’s attitude toward African-Alabamans he met while starting his famous Tuskegee Institute, and the battles he waged to teach practical matters—the equivalent then of today’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). He did not want students...
  • How we ended up with a generation of no-discipline, no-talent job seekers

    02/06/2014 8:02:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Post's Capital Business ^ | February 2, 2014 | Marina Ein
    Helicopter parents, professors who aim to please, the dumbing down of standards in courses and decreasing curriculum requirements have succeeded in reducing our young workforce to a no-discipline, no-talent pool of job seekers. Harsh words for sure — but a generation out there is desperately in need of a reality check. As a small-business employer, I have seen a disturbing downward talent drift in job candidates — most acutely in the past five years. When a job candidate’s first question is about vacation days or benefits, we know we have encountered collateral damage from the teachers and parents who believed...
  • The Work Ethic - Obama is betting that Americans will side with labor over capitalism. He’s right.

    01/30/2014 5:03:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | January 29, 2014 | William Saletan
    The central word in President Obama’s State of the Union address wasn’t equality or opportunity. It was work. People will tell you this was a boring speech. Don’t believe them. It was a speech with a sharp edge. It distinguished the free market, represented by Republicans, from the work ethic, represented by Democrats. If that’s the debate in 2014, Democrats stand a good chance of winning. Here’s the basic idea. Many people who vote Republican don’t really believe in the free market. What they believe in is the work ethic. These two things aren’t identical. Sometimes the free market betrays...