sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Permanent Part Time Trend

Permanent Part-Time Jobs? Yes, they're not what you were told to expect when you graduated from the university. Welcome to the University of Adversity. The Obama Administration is writing your future if you work for any of the following (with many more falling into line over the next couple of months:
Happy with the Jobs Numbers.

Papa John's Pizza
Olive Garden
Red Lobster

Under the new health care act, companies will be required to provide health care to full-time employees by 2014. That would significantly boost labor costs for businesses. The Government is using 2013 numbers to determine what employers will be asked to pay in 2014, so they have to change employees' status this coming year.
In the case of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, Darden (the management company that owns the two chains) has been able to offer lower pay rates to new hires. Bonuses for general managers have been reduced as sales have stagnated. Servers at Red Lobster are handling four tables at a time, instead of three.

And last year, the company also put workers on a "tip sharing" program, meaning waiters and waitresses share their tips with other employees such as busboys and bartenders. That allows Darden to pay more workers a far lower "tip credit wage" of $2.13, rather than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. (LINK)
Additionally, each employee will find themselves with a large ObamaCare bill as they are required to buy government insurance if it is not provided by their employer. Yes, it's a tax. However, America has been pining for taxes to increase and they'll get precisely what they wanted. Except it won't be millionaires who feel the pinch. It will be the 'working poor'. Yes, President Obama lied. But then again that's not a new thing.

The stock market is down roughly 800 points. I wonder why? Then again everyone who owns stock is rich and America voted to plunder them. Permanent Part-Time here we come. Be joyful that you are now part of the 'grand bargain' that is covering health care for ten million illegal aliens.
"Employers know that the economy could change at any time," says Jon Osborne, vice president for research at Staffing Industry Analysts, which follows temporary staffing agencies, "so by hiring somebody temporarily, companies have staffing for their peak needs but can let them go when they are no longer needed."
Companies stand to benefit from this flexibility, with the economy seesawing in the midst of a recovery that may take as long as five years. But it underscores the uncertainty for employees, with a huge number of workers -- 10.4 million -- reporting that they are involuntarily employed part-time, according to the latest federal statistics. Are there any predictions for where that number will be in 2016? Maybe Hillary R. Clinton, who just began running for president will fix it up for you then?


This morning Hostess announced it was closing down. The union rejected a proposed 8 percent wage cut, and the end result is a 100 percent wage cut for over 18,000 workers. No permanent part time worries for those union workers in Irving, Texas.

To the rest of us, it means the end of Twinkies and Ding Dongs -- Wonderbread is no more.
Hostess Brands Inc. had warned employees that it would file to unwind its business and sell off assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. In announcing its decision, Hostess said its wind down would mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States.
I'm sure that the formerly Hostess union workers will find permanent part time work without benefits somewhere. I'm sure that they could get minimum wage, seasonal, extra help positions somewhere - but those pay less than unemployment benefits. ----Nevermind----

Hostess is selling off all of it's equipment. Maybe somebody else will make Twinkies (calling them by another name). What do you want to bet that it won't be a union company paying union wages?

Fighting for Health

by Emily Walsh
Guest Blogger

Military service is one of the greatest opportunities that this country presents to the individual that wishes to aid his fellow man. However, with this opportunity comes risk. Locations where military personnel engage in the fight for freedom pose challenges to both the health of the mind and the health of the body. Many of these risks can be silent, and multiple health conditions do not show any symptoms until after the service is completed. Military personnel face dangers that are not typically encountered by the average citizen simply due to the conditions of their surroundings.

Facing life-threatening danger from a variety of sources on a regular basis is a major cause of stress. Stress in large amounts has been shown to be extremely damaging to the body and the mind. In terms of symptoms, stress is not a health risk that poses an immediate danger. However, the long-term effects are quite describable, and they can be quite debilitating. Over time, the body can react to chronic stress by decreasing the ability of the immune system. The mind also reacts to chronic stress. Often, this reaction comes in the form of depression or suicide. Studies have also shown that cancer rates increase in individuals that undergo chronic stress.

Toxic elements in the environment have been a deadly component of combat for decades. Toxic exposure occurs outside of the occurrence of biological warfare. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered due to excessive exposure to chromium, burning pits, and other toxic fragments associated with ammunition. Personnel that have served in the Navy or Coast Guard may have suffered exposure to asbestos. This material was a common component in military ships of the past, and the complete elimination of the material has been a difficult endeavor. Breathing in this substance can lead to diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Neither of these conditions has any known cure.

Natural, infectious diseases also pose a great risk to military personnel because they must function in such tight quarters. If one person acquires an infection, then it is likely to spread quickly to the other soldiers surrounding them. West Nile virus, Q Fever, and Malaria are among the diseases that have caused some real problems.

The military makes great strides towards preventing the risks associated with military service. As with the rest of the country, initial prevention is our best step towards maintaining health. They have developed training courses that prepare soldiers for recognizing and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder both during and after combat. The military has also put a new emphasis on the health of soldiers prior to and during deployment. These measures encourage a healthy diet, little to no alcohol consumption, and regular exercise. As a preventative measure, the military also recognizes the need to strengthen our treatment of soldiers at home. Orientation videos that prepare families for the possibility of injuries that are both mental and physical ensures a better support system for injured soldiers that must once again enter society after their service has come to an end.