Tag: jobs

Links 12/18/16

White Collar Crime:

Jobs from Unlikely Industries:

  • Marijuana Industry a Homegrown Source of Job Growth Legalize it in every state. It’s significantly less dangerous than alcohol. The alcohol industry contributes billions to the economy, pays billions in wages, and employs millions. Imagine what a marijuana industry could do.

    The potential growth behind marijuana is incredible. Investment firm Cowen & Co. believes that legal marijuana sales could soar from $6 billion today to $50 billion by 2026. That’s a compound annual growth rate of nearly 24 percent over the next decade. But, the most phenomenal growth can be seen in pot industry employment.

    According to CNBC, the marijuana industry currently employs about 150,000 people nationwide. This figure is, by itself, outstanding. Back in 1994, Dale Gieringer, a doctor working with California NORML, extrapolated the job-creating capacity of the weed industry and settled on a figure of 100,000 jobs if the drug were legalized nationally. We’ve only seen recreational pot legalized in a handful of states, and medical cannabis was only legal in half of all U.S. states heading into the November elections, yet we’re already 50 percent above Gieringer’s forecast with full legalization from a little over two decades ago.

Energy:

Labor Violations:

  • Apple Owes $2 Million for Not Giving Meal Breaks I used to work at a company in CT where they would give you a paid half hour “break” during an eight hour shift where you weren’t allowed to eat or leave your desk. When I asked if this was legal since CT requires a 30 minute meal period for any shift over 7 1/2 hours, it turns out it technically was. If an employer provided a paid 30 minute “break,” they didn’t need to provide a meal period. I’m assuming whoever drafted this exception didn’t think you would be forbidden from eating on a “break.” The company was “generous” enough to waive this policy for a diabetic coworker. The rest of us were just required to not eat for eight hours.

Poverty:

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Misinformed Citizens:

Inequality:

Quality of Life:

Worker Cooperatives:

Better Manufacturing Jobs in the US:

  • CNN Host’s Attempt to Explain the U.S. Economy Was So Bad that I Started Yelling at the TV Germany would be a great example to look to for manufacturing jobs.

    Ever Hear of Germany?

    Instead of regurgitating meaningless economic platitudes, newscasters and pundits should confront some facts about Germany’s extensive manufacturing sector.

    Fact #1: Germany uses the most advanced technologies in the world.

    Fact #2: Manufacturing workers in Germany earn much more than their U.S. counterparts: 44.7% more in textiles, 44.6% more in chemicals, 34.2% more in machine tools, and 66.9% more in the automobile industry.

    Fact #3: Manufacturing jobs make up 22% of the German workforce and account for 21% of the GDP. U.S. manufacturing jobs make up only 11% of our workforce and only 13% of our GDP.

    Fact #4: The economic gods either speak German or the Germans are doing things differently from their U.S counterparts.

    Rather than divine intervention, German manufacturing depends on producing high-quality products that are so good people the world over are willing to pay a premium for them. The most sought-after, high-end motor vehicles (Mercedes, BMW, Audi) and kitchen appliances (Bosch, Miele) are produced by German companies using highly trained, well-paid workers and the most advanced technologies.

    The German manufacturing juggernaut depends on vast investments in innovation (by their government), in research and development (by their firms), and in worker education and training (by both the government and the firms).

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Universal Basic Income:

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Debtors’ Prisons:

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Links 12/17/16

Fair Elections:

  • Time to Fire FBI Director James Comey If he’s not fired, future campaigns will convince public officials to improperly influence elections again. Since it worked, it will be copied. This was a blatant abuse of his power and a violation of the Hatch Act. Giuliani and everyone in the FBI who was in on it needs to be investigated.

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2016 Election:

Minimum Wage:

Retirement Insecurity:

Income Inequality:

Price Fixing:

Obamacare:

Women’s Voices Being Heard:

Jobs:

Transition Team:

Offshoring:

Poverty:

Wealth Gap:

Links 12/14/16

Jobs:

  • When Trump Meets Tech Leaders, Jobs will be on the Agenda
  • Ahead of Trump’s Tech Summit, CEO Says IBM Will Add 25,000 Jobs in the U.S.
  • IBM’S Rometty to Urge Trump to Support Worker Retraining New collar jobs are important. Too many jobs in recent years have been temporary jobs with no future. Permanent jobs in thriving industries are imperative.

    IBM plans to invest $1 billion in retraining and developing its U.S. workers over the next four years, Rometty says. To improve the situation nationwide, she will tout the benefits of reauthorizing the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. That legislation, currently held up in the Senate, funnels funding for technical and vocation education and could help with worker retraining for “new collar” jobs.

  • Pending Legislation Would Unite Schools and Employers
  • White Collar Crime:

  • Elizabeth Warren Investigating Sales of Prudential Insurance Policies by Wells Fargo
  • Good for her and Rep. Cummings.

  • The Psychology of White Collar Criminals
  • Offshoring:

  • Trump’s Threat Damps Companies’ Plans to Move U.S. Jobs Abroad
  • Infrastructure Jobs:

  • Trump, Carrier, and Corporate Welfare
  • The Carrier deal, though, provides an opening to press for policies that truly would generate well-paying jobs. The billions spent on subsidies would be far more wisely devoted to schools, roads, and mass transit. Such expenditures would create work immediately, and in the process build the environment that businesses, large and small, require to thrive. In your state and your hometown, take a good look at what constitutes “economic development,” and demand that these dollars be spent for the public good.

    On the national scale Trump says he wants infrastructure spending. Let’s hold him to that, but fight for government investments that strengthen communities, rather than phony “public-private partnerships.”

    We can curb corporate greed rather than reward it. Bernie Sanders called for penalizing those corporations that outsource jobs by ending their subsidies, cancelling their government contracts, and increasing their taxes. Trump has pledged “retribution”against American companies that move jobs elsewhere; if he means that, he should sign on to Sanders’ legislation. All Democrats should too.

  • Reviving America’s Infrastructure is a Job our Nation Can Accomplish
  • Corporate Media:

  • Bernie Sanders’ New Book Takes Corporate Media to Task
  • “Over 90 percent of media coverage [during the 2016 presidential race] was not about the issues that impact your lives,” he said, citing “a variety of studies.”

    Instead, he continued, the stories “were about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. They were about political gossip. They were about polls. They were about fundraising. They were about stupid things that people said 20 years ago. What we must demand of a media is that they start covering the issues that impact our lives. Not just the candidates’ lives.”

    Poverty:

  • Digital Redlining: How Internet Service Providers Promote Poverty
  • Unjustified CEO Compensation:

  • Why Portland’s Tax on CEO Pay Matters
  • Education:

  • The American Dream is Under Threat. Can Higher Education Save It?
  • 2016 Election:

  • Where Were Trump’s Votes? Where the Jobs Weren’t
  • Bernie on Why Trump Won: There’s a Lot of Pain in This Country
  • Healthcare:

  • Warren Says Democrats Didn’t Go Far Enough with Obamacare
  • Links 12/12/16

    Supporting the Working Class:

    White Collar Crime:

    Wealth Redistribution:

    Basu argues this “doesn’t mean a need for a large government” but rather it means a need for “a redistributed government which takes away a slice from the rich and provides it to the workers in the form of health benefits education and also some form of profit share”.

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    Links 12/9/16

    Jobs:

    • Bill Black: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs- Not Austerity Great article. Black makes a good point that “working class males are the most vulnerable psychologically to being unable to hold a full-time job or the constant fear introduced by the destruction of job security.” I agree that their needs must be addressed. I would just warn him not to ignore the plight of working women in this country. The majority of people in poverty in this country are women. You cannot seriously address inequality and poverty in the United States without addressing the economic needs of women.
    • Carrier Union Leader: Fight About Jobs, Not Trump Yes, the welfare of Carrier employees is the most important thing. Trump and Jones have similar goals. Jones needs to realize this and work with him. I realize the reported number of jobs saved was exaggerated, but now that everyone knows that, let’s keep our eyes on the bigger picture: helping Carrier’s workers.

    Pay Gap:

    Women are now 50 percent of the workforce and manage a majority of the nation’s households. This discrepancy in real wages hampers the paychecks of every single one of them. According to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, equal pay “could add $4.3 trillion to the country’s economy in 2025.” With every U.S.state and city potentially set to add about “5 percent to their GDP in that period.”

    According to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, poverty rates for working women “would be cut in half if women were paid the same as comparable men.” Proving, of course, that not only would bridging the gender pay gap improve the lives of families across the country, it would go a long way to helping poverty in the United States as a whole.

    Unjustified Executive Compensation

    The Fight for Higher Wages

    White Collar Crime

    Poverty:

    • Politicians Ignore the Word Poverty “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”- FDR

    Class System in the United States

    Mobility in the United States

    Links 12/8/16

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    Trump’s Promises to America’s Workers:

    Labor:

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    Wealth Gap and Savings:

    Trade:

    Links 12/7/16

    Jobs:

    Poverty:

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    Unjustified CEO Compensation:

    Offshoring Jobs:

    Trade:

    • Desperately Searching for a New Strategy Tim Duy’s Fed Watch. There are a lot of interesting points in this article, but I could not disagree more strongly with the following: “Just pretending to care is important. At a minimum, the electoral college makes it important.” The Democrats pretended to care about inequality, but they delivered very little. That’s why they lost. If Trump doesn’t deliver, he’ll lose also.

    Plutocracy:

    • Trump Assembles a Strategic and Policy Forum to Better Hear the 1% Fabius Maximus. This forum includes some of the most successful business people in the country. These people know how to create jobs. They didn’t care about it in the past because it was never in their economic interest. Let’s see if Trump can force real ideas out of them.

    Wages:

    • An Econ Theory, Falsified Noahpinion: Interesting perspectives on the impact of immigration and minimum wage raises on jobs

    The Ignored Voices of the American People:

    Populist Revolution:

    Health Care: