Article 43


Sunday, September 05, 2004


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...the Devil is just one man with a plan, but evil, true evil, is a collaboration of men…
- Fox Mulder, X Files

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.
- John F. Kennedy

Today my country, your country and the Earth face a corporate holocaust against human and Earthly rights. I call their efforts a holocaust because when giant corporations wield human rights backed by constitutions and the law (and therefore enforced by police, the courts, and armed forces) and sanctioned by cultural norms, the rights of people, other species and the Earth are annihilated.
- Richard L. Grossman

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
- Albert Einstein

He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.
- Aquinas

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
- Bishop Desmond Tutu

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

If we do not hang together, we will surely hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
- Albert Einstein

Solidarity has always been key to political and economic advance by working families, and it is key to mastering the politics of globalization.
- Thomas Palley

Update 8/11/07 - As we head into the next depression, fueled by selfish corporate greed, and a corrupt, SOCIOPATHIC US government, MIKE WHITNEY has a solution that makes a lot of sense to me:

The impending credit crisis cant be avoided, but it could be mitigated by taking radical steps to soften the blow. Emergency changes to the federal tax code could put more money in the hands of maxed-out consumers and keep the economy sputtering along while efforts are made to curtail the ruinous trade deficit. We should eliminate the Social Security tax for any couple making under $60, 000 per year and restore the 1953 tax-brackets for Americans highest earners so that the upper 1%-- who have benefited the most from the years of prosperity---will be required to pay 93% of all earnings above the first $1 million income. At the same time, corporate profits should be taxed at a flat 35%, while capital gains should be locked in at 35%. No loopholes. No exceptions.

Congress should initiate a program of incentives for reopening American factories and provide generous subsidies to rebuild US manufacturing. The emphasis should be on reestablishing a competitive market for US exports while developing the new technologies which will address the imminent problems of environmental degradation, global warming, peak oil, overpopulation, resource scarcity, disease and food production. Off-shoring of American jobs should be penalized by tariffs levied against the offending industries.

The oil and natural gas industries should be nationalized with the profits earmarked for vocational training, free college tuition, universal health care and improvements to then nations infrastructure.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Rise Of The Temp Workers Part 6 - The New Dilemma

The New American Dilemma
Obamacare is one reason for the rise of part-time labor.

By Mortimer Zuckerman
USA Today
July 24, 2014

There was a distinctive odor of hype about the newest jobs report from the federal government. Most people will have the impression we created 288,000 jobs in June meaning full-time jobs. Not so. Full-time jobs plunged by over half a million, or 523,000. What֒s increased is part-time jobs. They soared by about 800,000 to over 28 million. Just think of all those Americans working part time, no doubt glad to have the work, but they also have lower pay, diminished benefits, and a lack of job security. And then theres the effect on self-esteem and the stress of managing a household.

Yet all the attention earlier this month wasn’t focused on part-time America, but only because the government and headline writers treated part-time jobs as if they were full-time jobs. There is a crying need for good, well-paying, full-time jobs, yet only 47.7 percent of adults in the U.S. are working full time. Yes, the percentage of unemployed has fallen, but its worth barely a Bronx cheer. It reflects the unsavory fact that 2.4 million Americans have become discouraged and have dropped out of the workforce. You might as well say that the unemployment rate would be zero if everyone just quit looking for work.

The loss of full-time jobs is the new American dilemma. What matters more than the quantity of work is the quality. Even worse, the June employment rate was itself deceptive. Previous harsh weather forced numerous schools to extend classes into June, which created jobs for the month that would not normally have figured in the totals.

In the immediate excitement of announcing 288,000 “jobs,” most commentary, taking its tone from President Obama’s we’re making progress statement, ignored or glossed over the real story: The disturbing trend to lower-quality, part-time jobs. Last month the ranks of involuntary part-timers swelled to 7.5 million, compared to 4.4 million in 2007. Way too many adults are dependent on the low-wage, part-time jobs that teenagers would normally fill. On top of that unwelcome record, the number of people who’ve been out of work for more than six months is around 3 million, well above the historical average. And the proportion of Americans working or looking for work is near its lowest level since the late 1970s.

Rather than face this accelerating deterioration of the American workforce, the government seemed to take refuge behind the positive headlines. We have to worry that were creating a two-nation state, a workforce permanently polarized with full-time workers on one side and the part-time workers stuck in a bin labeled “part-time” for economic reasons. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen had it right when she said, “The existence of such a large pool of partly unemployed workers is a sign that labor conditions are worse than indicated by the unemployment rate.”

There are a number of reasons for our predicament. But there is one political contribution to the dismal trend. Many employers cut workers below the Affordable Care Act 30-hour threshold and took on new part-time workers to fill the void. Sometimes two people worked the same number of hours as one had previously worked.

Is that progress? It sure isn’t when the country has 10.4 million people looking for work, another 3.3 million who have given up the search as futile, 14 million on disability, and 37 million who have retired,Ӕ according to Thomas G. Donlan in a Barrons editorial earlier this year. For the unemployment rate to decline substantively, the U.S. needs to generate above-trend growth. But it’s gone the other way. We are averaging roughly 2 percent growth in GDP over the last half-dozen years.

No wonder the number of people leaving the labor force entirely is running at about double the pace of new job creation. But the longer people stay out of work, the greater the erosion in their skill set, and that can make finding a new job even tougher. The ranks of the unemployed who have been looking for work fruitlessly for at least six months is now at 33 percent, compared to around 22 percent in past recessions. And of those who are unemployed for the long-term, only 10 percent actually end up getting a job.

These are the grave issues we ought to be discussing, instead of heralding a false dawn. We must focus on breadwinner jobs having shrunk at a stunning rate for the entire duration of the 21st century. We had 61.5 million full-time breadwinner jobs in January 2000, but now that number is down to 56.5 million.

It is particularly upsetting that our current high unemployment is concentrated in the oldest and youngest workers. Older workers have been phased out as new technologies improve productivity, and young adults who lack skills are struggling to find entry-level jobs with advancement opportunities. And in the process they are losing critical time to develop workplace habits, contacts, and new skills. Since 2007, the U.S. population has grown by 14 million, but we have 2 million fewer jobs, and are 10 million jobs shy of where we should be. Plus we have between 8 and 10 million part-time workers who want full-time positions.

The quality of jobs and their compensation is lamentable. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, American men who work full-time year-round earn less in real terms in 2012 than they did in 1973. So much for a rising tide lifting all boats. The disproportionate number of the added jobs are part-time or low-paying or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of positions added in the last year. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars have provided 61 percent of the nations job growth.

The fact is we really havenҒt had an economic recovery. The young, the less educated, and in particular the unemployed, are experiencing hardly any recovery at all. High-wage industries have lost a million positions. Low-paying jobs are gaining and now account for 44 percent of all employment growth since the recovery started, with 3.8 million in food service showing the most growth by far. Higher-wage industries, which accounted for 41 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, have only recovered 30 percent of their jobs.

Median household income tells the story. Its still below what it was in 2008. So Americans are falling behind year after year, and as one person put it, size matters in America and no place more than in our paycheck. The growth in annual labor compensation has dropped from an annual rate of about 3 percent in the years before the recession to about 2 percent at best these days.

Men have suffered more than women in the recent downturn, as their job losses are roughly twice the decline in jobs held by women. And the long-term unemployment rate, which means being out of work for more than six months, has been higher than the short-term rate, which encompasses people who have been out of work for less than a month, something that has never happened before. More than 4.5 years after the end of the recession, employment has risen more slowly than it grew on average during the four previous recoveries.

The average weekly pay of temp jobs at $554 is one-third less than the pay for all jobs on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And many of the workers are faced with a shortened work week. The number of long-term unemployed remains at historically high levels, standing at more than 3 million in June. The proportion of Americans in the labor force is down to a 36-year low, 62.8 percent, down from 66 percent in 2008.

Part-time jobs are no longer the domain of the young; many of these jobs are being taken by adults in their prime working years Җ 25 to 54 years of age and many of them are single men and women without high-school diplomas. And the longer workers have been out of a job, the more likely they are to take a part-time job.

Faith in the American dream is eroding fast. Anger and alienation prevail. The feeling is that the rules aren֒t fair and the system has been rigged in favor of business and against the average person. The share of financial compensation and outputs going to labor has dropped from about 65 percent before 1980, down to under 60 percent today. Its shocking that for the first time in our countryҒs history, there is more social mobility in Europe than in the U.S.

Why is it that increases in labor productivity did not translate into higher household income in private employment? In the 1960s, only one in 20 American men between the ages of 25 and 54 was not working. According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, in ten years that number will be one in seven. This is a burgeoning disaster. We have to cope with the fact that two-thirds of the jobs lost during this recession were middle-income jobs, while about half of those created have been in low-wage sectors such as tourism, hospitality, and retail sales with a great proportion of them temporary positions. Wage growth is far below what economists would expect at this stage of a recovery. America֒s concern is no longer a jobless recovery, but a high-wageless recovery.

There are 48 million people in the U.S. in low-wage jobs. Those workers wont be able to spend what is necessary in an economy that is mostly based on consumer spending, and this will put further pressure on private sector growth. What we have is a very high unemployment rate, a slow recovery, and across-the-board wage stagnation (except for the top few percent). Almost 91 million people over 16 years of age arenҒt working, a record. When Obama became president, that figure was 10 million less.

The great American job machine is spluttering. We are going through the weakest post-recession recovery the U.S. has ever experienced, with growth just half of what it has been in four previous recessions. And thats despite the most expansive monetary policy in history and the largest fiscal stimulus since the end of World War II.

That is why the June numbers are so distressing. Five years after the Great Recession, nearly 24 million working-age Americans remain jobless, working part-time involuntarily or having left the workforce completely. We are not in the middle of a recovery. We are in the middle of a muddle-through, and thereҒs no point in pretending the sky is blue when so many millions can attest it is overcast. And there is not much light on the horizon.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Have The Long-Term Unemployed Become Dispensable?


Gotta love all those plans to get us back to work:

tax rules that allow companies to defer U.S. tax on their foreign income, and reducing the ability of companies to siphon profits they earn in the U.S. to overseas subsidiaries.
- WSJ - Tax breaks for shipping overseas defined

current tax law would allow a tax deduction for the costs of shutting down a U.S. operation.

if a plant moves at all, whether its from Ohio to Tennessee or Ohio to Malaysia, it is eligible for deductions.

When an American firm opens a foreign division, it typically sets up a separate company that does not pay U.S. taxes.
- Politifact - Rewards for shipping jobs overseas

It’s outrageous that workers are paying to ship their own jobs overseas through the tax code. We should be rewarding companies that are bringing jobs home. This is about jobs. I hope that all of our colleagues, regardless of party, will join our fight to give every American worker a fair shot to get ahead.

You really think to waste taxpayers money that American workers should pay the cost of the move when their jobs are being shipped overseas? Really?
- AFLCIO - Will Republicans voter to export US jobs?


Have The Long-Term Unemployed Become Dispensable?

By Cathy Smith
Bellingham Herald
July 21, 2014

MY DAUGHTER recently reentered the job market after tottering on the divide between the currently unemployed and the long-term unemployed. We both breathed a long sigh of relief following an extended and somewhat frightening wait that seemed to carry my daughter further away from that brass ring of employment with each passing day. Luckily, we would tell each other, she has the support of family, but what about those millions of other long-term unemployed and discouraged unemployed that arent so fortunate. What happens to them? It seems as if ever since emergency benefits were cut off abruptly and without warning in December that the long-term unemployed have been swallowed up by some invisible black hole.

In spite of the recent positive economic headlines, there are still nearly 3.4 million workers that have been out of work for six months or longer, the magic cutoff that places individuals in the category of the long-term unemployed. Who are these people? The only factor that distinguishes them from the short-term unemployed is the amount of time they have been out of work, but unfortunately it is this unidentified time that incites employers to keep their distance and adds more jobless time to the resumes of those remaining unemployed. Companies fear that time has robbed the long-term unemployed of their skills, leaving potential employers skittish. Only about 1 in 10 of the long-term unemployed get hired every year.

Add to the above numbers the discouraged workers, workers who have given up and ceased looking for work. The discouraged workers are not counted as part of the unemployed by the Labor Department as they no longer consider them a legitimate part of the labor force. This category particularly hits hard the high school and college graduates of the last five years. While skimming through headlines on the Internet, I discovered a blog for the Huffington Post written by a recent college graduate entitled “The Story of a Generation: We Are the Unhireables”.  The author claims that we are creating a current generation of jobless Americans.

On the other end of the spectrum appears a portion of the 50 plus population who suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves out of work. They continue to draw from their savings, and often are simply forced into an early retirement that they are not prepared for financially or emotionally. According to the Huggington Post, a third of our total unemployment falls into the discouraged worker category.

Bad luck and poor economic timing caused the current economic epidemic. It’s not about lazy people looking for a hand out. It’s about people who want their dignity returned to them in the form of a job and are unable to find one because there aren’t enough jobs to go around, and too few employers willing to take a chance. During my daughter’s period of unemployment, she cut off her social life entirely because she was unable to face her friends without a job. It broke my heart to watch her daily sit at home stoically waiting for the phone to ring or an encouraging email to appear. Fortunately, she found an employer who appreciated her value and was willing to take a risk. Unemployment and financial incapacity is not a state of being that anyone voluntarily chooses.

So back to my earlier question, what happens to the long-term unemployed? According to a 2013 STUDY by the Urban Institute, a final consequence of long-term unemployment is poverty. 34.1 percent live in households below the poverty line. The rate for the discouraged workers is the highest at 40.9 percent and the newly unemployed are much lower at 23 percent. These statistics arise from the most powerful democracy in the world. We regularly send aid to countries in need, but we ignore our own poverty ridden unemployed. Shame on us.

Current headlines shout out our economic recovery - a new 6.1% national unemployment rate remains steady, but WHAT ABOUT the 3.4 plus million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months or more with little prospects of finding a job. Have the long-term and discouraged workers been totally forgotten? It’s like a horror story. Its as if we have thrown them away, as if 3.4 plus million people are dispensable. Where is the stimulus package, the combination of job stimuli and emergency unemployment benefits that the U.S. Senate and House once aired out? Where is the compromise necessary to save our FORGOTTEN CITIZENS?

Cathy Smith is a retired teacher from Rochester School District, and a member of The OlympianҒs 2014 Board of Contributors. She maybe reached at smith_cathy23 at


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Monday, July 21, 2014

For Job Seekers Who’ve Tried Everything

7 practical ideas if you think you’ve exhausted your job-search options

By Marty Nemko
AOL Jobs
July 13, 2014

Ben has reason to be depressed. Laid off twice, not sure how strong a reference his ex-boss will give him, he’s 50 years old and overweight, been job-hunting for eight months, having gotten a total of three interviews and batting 0 for 3. He blames it on his having mainly soft skills, a widely held skill-set.

His wife, too, is struggling despite great credentials. She’s tried to snag a full-time college teaching job but the best she’s ever landed has been a part-time community college instructor position, with no benefits. She said, “It’s ironic that I teach a class in which I champion worker rights yet my own employer pays me what ends up being little more than minimum wage and hires me for 49 percent of the time to avoid paying benefits.”

At 50, they feel the need to pay for health insurance. They’re behind on their rent and their landlord is making eviction noises. Ben has networked, answered countless ads, even cold-called employers that are not advertising a job, all to no avail. He feels he’s run out of options. He’s beyond depressed; he’s thought of suicide.

Indeed, the SUICIDE RATE among middle-aged people is up 30 percent between 1999 and 2010, more than the number that die in car accidents, with men being more than three times as likely to kill themselves. While there are many causes, the researchers specifically cite the economic downturn and resulting financial stress.

But long-term unemployed job seekers have more options than they may think, and Ben and his wife could try some of these approaches:

1. Circle back. The odds of your network having a job lead for you at any given moment is tiny. If it’s been more than a month, circle back to everyone. Here’s sample wording you can use to check in with a contact:

“Susie, I appreciate your having offered to keep your ears open for me. By any chance, is there someone you think I should talk with? If you’ll recall, I’m looking for a people, or project, management job, especially in the health care or environmental space but I’m flexible. I’m even open to a launchpad job, one that’s lower-level but when I prove myself, I could move up.”

If your contact doesn’t have a lead for you, ask, “Would you mind continuing to keep you ears open, and if I’m still looking in a month, may I circle back to you?”

2. Change job targets. Perhaps you’ve been overreaching. If so, maybe you should you drop down your search, say from management to individual contributor positions. Have you been pursuing a job in a field with too few openings or with great competition? For example, sexy fields like the environment, entertainment, biotech, fashion, and journalism tend to be tougher than, for example, the transportation, food, or housing industries.

3. Consider interim jobs. Sitting at home may make you more depressed. So you might want to apply for jobs where the employer would be lucky to have you. Even some low-level jobs can be quite enjoyable. Here are a few ways job seekers can match their interests to a position while they look for something more challenging or better paying:

Sports fans might enjoy selling beer and hot dogs at the

Book lovers might enjoy working at a bookstore or in a library, even if just shelving books

Fashionistas might enjoy working at a favorite boutique or department store

Plant lovers might try landscaping or garden maintenance

Cafe lovers might seek a job as a waitperson or even busser

The most fun job I ever had was as a New York City cab driver. I got to meet all sorts of people, I enjoyed driving and I got to double-park when I wanted to grab a great slice of pizza.

4. Walk in. If someone phoned you asking if you wouldn’t mind taking care of a newborn temporarily, you might well say no. But if the doorbell rang and there was a cradle with a newborn, wouldn’t you be more likely to take it in?

The same is true of job seekers. It’s easy to say “no” to a voice on the phone and or ignore an email. It’s harder to brush away a flesh-and-blood human being, especially one who politely asks for help. That probably won’t work at a large organization where there’s a phalanx of security to keep you out but, for example, in an office building in which many businesses have an office, it might be worth going door-to-door.

Imagine how you’d feel if you were the receptionist and someone walked in and said, for example:

“I’m an accountant or I should say I was. Although I got good evaluations, I got laid off. So I’m looking for a job. I know the standard way is to answer ads but I live near here and so I thought I’d drop in and see if I could get some advice and maybe even an interview. I’m wondering if you might allow me to speak with someone?”

Is it not possible you’d say “yes?” Certainly, if you’re a job seeker, you have nothing to lose. You can survive no. You can survive 20 nos. And all you need is one decent job offer.

5. Start a low-cost business. At least as an interim, you could start a service business with near-zero startup costs. Examples:

Relationship ad consultant. Help people craft their matchmaking ad - how they describe themselves and the sort of partner they’re looking for, then take photos likely to attract their desired type of partner.

Grief coach. People who lose a loved one, even a pet, may want support in getting past their sadness. They may not need a psychotherapist. They may just need a good listener who’s gently encouraging.

Sports tutor. Many high school athletes want to up their game, to compete better or perhaps to win a college sports scholarship. And parents will spend to boost their child’s chances.

6. Find support. For some people, support is the only thing that keeps them from giving up. Here are some options:

Ask a friend to check in daily or weekly with you on your job search.

Join a job-search support group. Here’s a link to a directory of them.

Seek faith-based support. It helps some people to surrender some control to a higher power. They feel, “If I’m doing my part and still am not finding a job, maybe it’s God’s will. When God decides it’s time, I’ll land a job, perhaps a better one than I would have gotten earlier.”

7. Practice persistence. It’s cliche but true that even the most successful people fail and usually have failed a lot. The key is HOW THEY RESPOND to FAILURE: curl up in bed or be resilient. Here are a few quotes that may drive that home:

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”
- Bill Bradley

“When you feel tired, it means you’ve tried. It doesn’t mean you quit trying.”
- Constance Chuks Friday

“I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”
- Epitaph on Gail Borden’s gravestone.

“To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.”
- Ralph Bunche

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
- Calvin Coolidge

I can leave you with no better advice.

Marty Nemko blogs for AOL JOBS and PSYCHOLOGY TODAY. He is in his 25th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco.) His most recent books are: How to Do Life: What They Didn’t Teach You in School and What’s the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Proposals for a Better America. Read more from Marty Nemko HERE.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book: Strike Back


Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labors Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today

During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for collective bargaining and even the right to strike. STRIKE BACK uncovers this history of militancy to provide tactics for a new generation of public employees facing unprecedented attacks on their labor rights.

When I read Joe Burns’ Reviving the Strike I thought that was the definitive book. But Strike Back must be included in the canon. For those of us who are new to the labor movement or who have just forgotten the gains made during the 60s and 70’s, this book puts it all into perspective. From the careful reconstruction of the historical events to his analysis of those events, Joe Burns provides us with a clear roadmap to what type of unionism it will take to get working people engaged with communities and back to real prosperity.
- Karen GJ Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1

Joe BurnsӒ account of the public sector labor breakthroughs in the 1960s and 70s provides a timely reminder of what it will take to defend and extend past union gains that are now greatly endangered. Too many public employee unions have forgotten their own history and/or kept their own members in the dark about it. Strike Back is the perfect cure for such organizational memory loss!Ҕ
- Steve Early, former organizer for the Communications Workers of America and author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress

In Strike Back, Joe Burns shows us that labor unions searching for new strategies and tactics to reverse this escalating trend need look no further than the all-but-forgotten labor history of the 1960s and Ӓ70s. This book provides a thought provoking historical look back at how public employee unions took an aggressive and fresh approach to fight back and build support during that tumultuous era. All union members should read this book to learn from our past and build a stronger and more effective labor movement now and in the future.
- Larry Hanley, International President, Amalgamated Transit Union, AFL-CIO/CLC

ԓNobody better understands the vital role of the strike or the injustice of anti-strike laws than Joe Burns. If you think that economic inequality is a problem in the United States, read this book.
- James Gray Pope, Professor of Law & Sidney Reitman Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law

Joe Burns is the author of Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America. A veteran union negotiator and labor lawyer, he has negotiated contracts in the airline and health care industries. He has a law degree from New York University, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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