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Re: The Worker Thread

Unread post by Vrede too » Thu May 09, 2019 5:14 pm

It really is time to stop being nice about stupidity.

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Unread post by O Really » Wed May 15, 2019 11:31 am

Good example here of distortion of fact...
Headline: Mom forced to pay former employer thousands after switching jobs during maternity leave: 'I wasn’t prepared for it'

True statement, but as might be expected it doesn't exactly paint a true picture.

Woman goes out on FMLA leave
Company agrees (because it's required to) to give her her job back after the leave and to continue providing her normal benefits
Woman doesn't return, takes a job with another company.
During the leave, the company has paid its share of health plan benefits for the woman, who has used those benefits during her childbirth.
If she doesn't return, the company is entitled to recover benefit plan expenses it paid on her behalf, and decided to do so.

IRL, most companies don't actually try to recover those costs, particularly because in a lot of cases they're just as happy to see the employee leave. But it's not cruel and unusual punishment if they do have a policy of recovering the cost.

Maybe the woman might have read the fine print on her FMLA documents when she left on leave? Trusting an employer, without verification, to act in your best interest is about the same as believing your used car salesman.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mom-for ... 56248.html

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Re: The Worker Thread

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Unread post by O Really » Fri May 17, 2019 10:45 am

I wouldn't argue with their findings - the numbers are what they are. But wage comparisons don't mean diddly without the context of industry, position, and location.

It's been long lamented that males are far more likely to go into technology fields than females, and thus get more of the software developer jobs at Google in Silicon Valley and get paid (literally) twice what the rate would be elsewhere. So we can blame gender typecasting, early life role-setting, or whatever, or maybe even hiring bias by Google, but until they show me that Google starts the white guy Stanford graduates at more than the female/black Stanford graduates to do the same job, then I'm not particularly impressed. Actually, they (and other companies) may very well do that, but it was ignored in the article.

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Unread post by 1 CAT FAN » Fri May 17, 2019 10:48 am

They have excellent service in Ohio, down south not so much
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    Unread post by Vrede too » Mon May 20, 2019 6:04 pm

    $15 Minimum Wage Becomes Part of 2020 Presidential Landscape

    From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

    That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the Service Employees International Union called the Fight for 15. It launched in 2012 to help nonunion McDonald's workers who walked off their jobs as cooks and servers agitate for a then-unthinkable $15 minimum wage. Now, according to the National Employment Law Project, one-third of the country will have a $15 minimum wage as gradual increases in bedrock Democratic states like California, Illinois and New York kick in over the coming years.

    Ernie Tedeschi, an analyst at Evercore ISI, calculated the de facto national minimum wage at a historic high of $12 an hour when accounting for a flurry of recent city and statewide increases. Officially, the federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour.

    Other than the sudden jump on wages and its hold in the Democratic primary, the Fight for 15 is also showcasing a different form of labor organizing as traditional union membership has dwindled....
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    Unread post by Vrede too » Tue May 21, 2019 4:32 pm

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    Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:43 pm

    Vrede too wrote:
    Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm
    A Democratic senator wants to protect federal contractors — the people most screwed over by the shutdown
    A new bill from Sen. Tina Smith (MN) would guarantee them back pay.
    Petition to Congress:

    "Pass the bills that would provide back pay to low-wage federal contractors who went without pay during Trump's government shutdown."
    Looks like the petition is still active. I signed again.
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    I've got mixed feelings about that. Sure, it seems fair that the contractors should be made whole since their loss was totally caused by Ann Coulter goading Trump into further stupidity. But from a practical standpoint, they actually work for somebody other than the federal government. And loss of work because of contract issues or whatever is a common risk of that type of employment. I've got a client who pays for 8 holidays per year, but they contract with a company that closes for 12 holidays. The contractor's employees aren't paid for those extra holidays unless they use their own PTO. Some employers use temporary/contract workers specifically to absorb the ups and downs of production and thus avoid laying off their "real" employees. If a company closes for a week for inventory or moving the office, the contract employees are out of work for a week unless their real employer has other assignments they can send them on.

    Nevertheless, if I got a vote, I'd vote to give them the back pay.
    Back pay for federal contractors set to advance'

    ... At the time, workers advocates called on Congress to include federal contractors when it comes to back pay – but that had never happened before, and they weren’t included when Congress approved retroactive pay for federal workers after the shutdown at the beginning of this year.

    ut earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee announced that an upcoming spending package will include back pay for an estimated 580,000 federal contractors, according to a report published Wednesday in the Washington Post.

    According to the Post, union leaders believe many of the affected federal contractors earn between $460 and $650 weekly, making them the among the lowest-paid government workers....

    Although back pay for federal contractors is expected to clear the House, perhaps this month, its fate in the Senate is far from certain. A group of Senate Democrats, joined by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), have been pushing for the measure. But other Republican senators are balking.
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    Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:15 pm

    Don’t let Trump shut down Appalachian Job (Corps) Training Centers!
    Submit your comment today to the Department of Labor.

    It's not like those magic coal jobs ever materialized.
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