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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
…the skills myth—like the myth of a looming debt crisis—is having dire effects on real-world policy. Instead of focusing on the way disastrously wrongheaded fiscal policy and inadequate action by the Federal Reserve have crippled the economy and demanding action, important people piously wring their hands about the failings of American workers. Moreover, by blaming workers for their own plight, the skills myth shifts attention away from the spectacle of soaring profits and bonuses even as employment and wages stagnate. Of course, that may be another reason corporate executives like the myth so much.
March 28th, 2014
thesmithian

' …rapper/actor Common held a concert in Jackson, Mississippi…'

…to support Nissan workers in nearby Canton who are trying to organize and join a union. Common was joined at the concert by actor Danny Glover, and Sean (Diddy) Combs sent a video message of support, saying “my heart is with you, my spirit is with you and the workers at Nissan. Workers’ rights are civil rights.”

more, plus video message, here.

March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

tytryone: Last Show !!! #letsgo (x)

[meaningful glance] x5
tytryone: Last Show !!! #letsgo (x)

[meaningful glance] x5

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March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

Older men in tech are discovering the unseen work that women and people of color have done for decades. Fitting in is hard work—an additional, invisible task on the daily to-do list.

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…a group of Filipinos including Filipino-American labor leader Larry Itliong’s son Johnny Itliong joined others in showing their disappointment of the depiction of Filipino labor leaders that stood side by side with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Al Rojas and others as the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (led by Itliong) and National Farm Workers Association would merge to become known as the UFW…“It’s an injustice to my father that he is not at that table (referring to pivotal scene in the new Chavez movie) and that was everything that he fought for was to get the bargaining rights on that piece of paper and in the movie it shows him in the crowd as a spectator and that’s not right in my heart and I don’t think it’s right for our Filipino community to be a spectator to something that he was a major player in.”

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.

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March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

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…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

more.

March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

'Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.'

much more, here.

March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'What this has meant in the U.S. and elsewhere…is that the “good guys” who want to implement policies to get the unemployed back to work are too often caving to the pressure of the “pain caucuses” pushing sky-is-falling predictions about “runaway inflation and soaring interest rates” as a justification to do nothing. It’s a battle of good versus evil…and the bad guys seem to be winning…'

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March 20th, 2014
thesmithian

'In Spain 57% of the population below 30 is unable to find a job…The worrying list also includes Greece with 58% and Croatia, the Union’s newest member state, with 52%.'

Being young, motivated, and well-educated no longer means being on the path for financial independence today. Especially not in Spain, where many ambitious graduates are refused employment on the grounds of being overqualified. The lucky ones might find an unpaid internship or an underpaid, temporary job that scarcely matches their qualifications.

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian
Take care of yourself. Talk to people who know you and love you…tell them what happened. Accept that it’s not your fault. A lot of people still think, ‘Oh, well, I thought I was being nice but they misinterpreted,’ or ‘I just wanted to be friendly,’ or ‘I was trying to be a good employee,’ or ‘Maybe I should have worn something different.’ But you are not to be blamed because someone else misbehaved. Then you can prepare yourself to come forward. Know what the institutional policies are, whether it’s a college or a workplace or any other organization. Take the steps to learn what the processes are, who to go see, what an investigation is going to look like, what kind of evidence you need to be able to convince people of what’s happening, and the potential outcomes. Having that knowledge is important. These things can be all-consuming. You get to a point where you can feel like you are defined by this thing that is happening to you, that you didn’t choose, that somebody imposed on you. That’s when I say, go back to those people who love you and care about you and realize that this is something that is happening to you. It is not who you are. You are not a victim. You are a whole human being with a lot of skills and a lot of gifts that will define who you are, and you should refuse to be defined by an incident. Remember those things that made you who you were before it happened.
March 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…new filings for jobless benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting the economy was regaining strength after an abrupt slowdown caused by severe weather.'

more.

March 12th, 2014
thesmithian
…why do these smart, quantitatively trained engineers, who could help cure cancer or fix healthcare.gov, want to work for a sexting app?
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