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Monday, September 03, 2012

Labor Day 2012


This year I’m PAINFULLY AWARE that both 2012 presidential candidates haven’t shown much real incentive to helping THE POOR, or getting people back to work - especially the forgotten, underemployed and LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED baby boomers.

The folks at WASHINGTON’S BLOG talk about labor’s lost story:

Happy Labor Day: Obama and Romney Both Scorn You, the American Worker

Obama and Romney Are Both Terrible for Jobs

On Labor Day, its worth reflecting on how bad the 2 mainstream candidates are for workers.

Mr. Self-Sufficient Job Creator Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital DESTROYED JOBS LEFT AND RIGHT.



But surely Mr. Liberal Help-the-Little-Guy Barack Obama is fighting for the worker?

Unfortunately not… Obama thinks that UNEMPLOYMENT IS A GOOD THING, because it shows that the economy is productive.

Despite the PARTISAN RHETORIC, Obama and Romney both support policies which HELP THE ULTRA-RICH - and POLITICOS IN D.C..  at the expense of everyone else.

They both support IDIOTIC GOVERNMENT POLICIES, the OFF-SHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS, never-ending BAILOUTS and RUTHLESS BEHAVIOR by the big BANKS,,, and so we will continue to have DEPRESSION LEVEL UNEMPLOYMENT under either a second Obama term or a president Romney.


Some highlights of stories posted here this year:

The long-term unemployed now make up over 40 percent of all unemployed workers, and 3.3 percent of the labor force. In the past six decades, the previous highs for these figures were 26 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, in June 1983.

Instead of helping these folks weather the storm and find ways to re-enter the workforce, our nation is moving in the opposite direction.



About 30 percent of U.S. workers are “contingent.” That means they don’t have a permanent job.

“The number has risen significantly in the last 15 years,” Greenwald says, “and the pace has increased since the Great Recession began, with many new jobs permatemps.” This trend affects workers at all income levels, but the fastest-growing sector is college graduates in “creative” fields. In the last few years, book publishers and advertising agencies have outsourced their graphic designers, HIRING THEM BACK AS FREELANCERS WITH NO BENEFITS.

RISE OF THE TEMP WORKERS - August 22, 2012


After SEARCHING FOR MONTHS - I landed a new job that takes advantage of my EXPERIENCE and computer skills. Getting it meant passing two phone screenings, and face to face interviews with six different department heads. I waited in anticipation of a bright, new career - until getting the the official compensation offer from the company’s HR department. It was pretty INSULTING and EXPLOITIVE. The job is a TEMP (big letdown) doing SYSADMIN WORK at MUCH LESS THAN MEDIAN SALARY, exempt from overtime (another big letdown), and carries no benefits whatsoever - no paid time off - no sick leave, no medical insurance, no paid holidays - no nothing - and involves a COMPREHENSIVE and long BACKGROUND CHECK. I tried to bargain for a better deal, but the company wouldn’t budge. I almost said, “No thanks,” then friends talked some sense into me REMINDING ME of HOW BAD the JOBS SITUATION is, and how many DESPERATE PEOPLE would kill for any offer.  They’re right. After venting a little, I gave in a took it.

So what is it like being a Baby Boomer, in today’s society? Unless they have saved enough money to live their lives, then I see this side of the B/B happy and enjoying their lives. But what about the rest of them? It is sad to say that they are getting a raw deal by the goverments that are in power. B/B are getting a raw deal in today’s unenlightened western society. Lets use, How about Bleck.? The B/B spend a lifetime working, paying taxes, playing be the rules. And what about that investment that you have saved up for, by now it should start paying you out dividends, but what happens you are turfed out banished, and in most cases you are exiled to geriatric ghettos for the grey. Suddenly, no one wants to listen to Baby Boomers. Their years of experience mean nothing. Our opinons do not count. What most of the Baby Boomers feel today is that they have been sentenced to an almost ghost-like existence on the sidelines os a society that thinks nothing of milking you for ever last cent you have got. No doubt about it - the Baby Boomers are getting a raw deal.



The gym is a real EYE-OPENER to the SEVERITY of the unemployment problem.  I go there the same time every day, and work out alongside the same people, so we all pretty much know eachother.

The mid 50’s guy who spots me on the bench press is out of work two years. His wife’s paycheck keeps his family going. The 40 year old lady on the stair machine next to me has a job, but her husband who worked on the SHUTTLE AT NASA - doesn’t.  Another lady - a 55 year old layed off bookkeeper - can’t find any work other than a part time job at the local supermarket - 20 hours at $8.50/hr = $170 per week.  STORIES like these are the norm.



They had good, stable jobs - until the recession hit. Now they’re living out of their cars in parking lots.

Despite a continuous, two-year job search, she remains without dependable work.

She’d worked for 40 years, through three major recessions. During her first year of unemployment, in 2010, she wrote three or four cover letters a day, five days a week.

Each evening, 150 people in 113 vehicles spend the night in 23 parking lots in Santa Barbara. The lots are part of Safe Parking, a program that offers overnight permits to people living in their vehicles.

The number of lots and participants in the program has doubled. By 2009, formerly middle-class people like Janis Adkins had begun turning up - teachers and computer repairmen and yoga instructors seeking refuge in the citys parking lots.

It can take years for unemployed workers from the middle class to burn through their resources - savings, credit, salable belongings, home equity, loans from family and friends. Some 5.4 million Americans have been without work for at least six months, and an estimated 750,000 of them are completely broke or heading inexorably toward destitution.

However long it takes to lose everything, to get to the point where you’re driving away from your repossessed home, the final unraveling seems eye-blink fast, because there is no way to imagine it. Even if youv’e been unemployed for a year and are months-delinquent on your mortgage, you still won’t have a mental category for your own homelessness; its impossible to project yourself into the scenario. The reality, when it occurs and endures, seems to have sprung from nowhere.



The American economy is experiencing a crisis in long-term unemployment that has enormous human and economic costs.

In 2010, the long-term unemployed accounted for 4.2 percent of the work force. That figure would be 50 percent higher if we added the people who gave up looking for work.

While older workers are less likely to be laid off than younger workers, they are about half as likely to be rehired. One result is that older workers have seen the largest proportionate increase in unemployment in this downturn. The number of unemployed people between ages 50 and 65 has more than doubled.

The prospects for the re-employment of older workers deteriorate sharply the longer they are unemployed. A worker between ages 50 and 61 who has been unemployed for 17 months has only about a 9 percent chance of finding a new job in the next three months. A worker who is 62 or older and in the same situation has only about a 6 percent chance. As unemployment increases in duration, these slim chances drop steadily.

The result is nothing short of a national emergency. Millions of workers have been disconnected from the work force, and possibly even from society. If they are not reconnected, the costs to them and to society will be grim.

Unemployment is almost always a traumatic event, especially for older workers. A paper by the economists Daniel Sullivan and Till von Wachter estimates a 50 to 100 percent increase in death rates for older male workers in the years immediately following a job loss, if they previously had been consistently employed. This higher mortality rate implies that a male worker displaced in midcareer can expect to live about one and a half years less than a worker who keeps his job.


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