Friday, March 30, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 792-794
Hello, Cruel World
What the Fate of One Class of 2011 Says About the Job Market
New York Times, March 23, 2012
Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.
Employers asking for Facebook passwords
on the streets or in shelters in large Canadian cities are women. Toronto shelters saw a 78% increase in shelter use among single women between 1992 and 1998. Young women are homeless in alarming numbers. Families experience homelessness, and single parent families, mostly led by women, make up the majority of homeless families.
When There's No Place Like Home - A snapshot of women's homelessness in Canada
Monday, March 19, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 789-791
...In 4,500 such instances each year, the worker's death is quick and the cause obvious. In many more cases, however, the deaths are slower, and the reason -- workplace exposure to toxic substances -- less evident. Workplace exposure causes more than 40,000 premature deaths annually from conditions like cancer and neurological disease.
Dying for Work
Leo W. Gerard
As chief financial officer of a military clothing manufacturer, Steven W. Eisen was accustomed to winning contracts to make garments for the Defense Department. But in December, Mr. Eisen received surprising news. His company, Tennier Industries, which is in a depressed corner of Tennessee, would not receive a new $45 million contract.
Federal Prison Industries, also known as Unicor, does not have to worry much about its overhead. It uses prisoners for labor, paying them 23 cents to $1.15 an hour. Although the company is not allowed to sell to the private sector, the law generally requires federal agencies to buy its products, even if they are not the cheapest.
Mr. Eisen, who laid off about 100 workers after losing out on the new contract, said the system took sorely needed jobs from law-abiding citizens. “Our government screams, howls and yells how the rest of the world is using prisoners or slave labor to manufacture items, and here we take the items right out of the mouths of people who need it,” he said.
Private Businesses Fight Federal Prisons for Contracts
By DIANE CARDWELL
New York Times
Published: March 14, 2012
How I Discovered the Truth About Poverty
Monday, March 12, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 786-788
the numbers of the minutes and hours from this shift
stick with me: I can look at a clock some morning
months afterwards, and see it is 20 minutes to 9
—that is, if I'm ever out of bed that early--
and the automatic computer in my head
starts to type out: 20 minutes to 9, that means
30 minutes to work after 9: you are
50 minutes from the break; 50 minutes
of work, and it is only morning, and it is only
Monday, you poor dumb bastard....
One might assume that number got smaller wrapped up with the national unemployment rate falling for several consecutive months. In actuality, the reverse proved true: the number of people who said they couldn't afford food just kept rising and rising.
Growing Number Of Americans Can't Afford Food, Study Finds
Monday, March 05, 2012
Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 783-785
each morning, like so many insane brain surgeons,
the hours that one by one transform themselves
while they discreetly, inexorably wear us away,
the emptiness of being controlled by
landlords, mortgage companies,
the insolence of bureaucracies
who are paid to help us,
the abrupt horrifying moment
when after much figuring
it is evident if everything keeps on as it has
there will not be enough money.
…when someone has life stressors and is having difficulty coping. An example would be a marital discord, going through a separation or a divorce. A job would be a big one, particularly in the current economy.
Women And Prescription Drugs: One In Four Takes Mental Health Meds