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commented on Jeff Danziger
about 18 hours ago
“The current CEO of Walmart began as aminimum wage employee.”…about 30 years ago, as a “Summer Associate” while going to school…a perfectly appropriate situation…not as a “downsized” out of work college graduate, middle aged family supporter with children to feed, house & educate, as many minimum-wage souls now employed by WM (and others) …so, irrelvant.
commented on Rob Rogers
9 days ago
Saturns decline and death began in 2001, when GM began re-badging its vehicles as “Saturn”, killing the “different kind of car company” aura that made a success of the company. The last actual Saturn (an Ion) was mede in 2007 and Penske’s withdrawal of a buy-out offer in Sept, 2009 ended the name…NOT Obama. GM was headed for trouble in 2005, losing $10.6 billion, $38.7 billion in 2007 and a 45% sales loss in 2008. The old GM was conveyed with Government financing to the New GM…the Government was the (only available?) source of credit to maintain operations and keep people employed during the conveyance & restart. ’Course your Messiah, Bush and his TARP could have had no part in that…his legacy is spotless (in your mind). The stock of which you speak (17.6 % – hardly a controlling interest) went to a separate fund (not the union) to finance UAW RETIREE health benefits, previously unfunded by GM. Yes, some investors took a bath under the unusual (not unethical or illegal) procedure…but that would have happened in a standard bankruptcy also, and the resulting collateral economic damage would have likely been huge.
WRONG, Fact Free…it’s moored in Rhode Island, to avoid Mass. STATE tax (ie. NOT INCOME or FEDERAL !) on “Boat Sales & Use”, not in force in Rhode Island…so beggars like YOU can remain Fact Free.
commented on Wizard of Id
10 days ago
I find it interesting that those “Right-to-Work” folks, who object to paying Union dues as a condition of employment (Union shop), have NO TROUBLE with accepting the Union-scale wages and union negotiated benefits, paid holidays, vacations, sick days, etc. that they would not have without the Union…and then complain about “Freeloaders” on “MY stolen-frum-my-back-pocket Tax-Munny !” – I know a few of ’em.
You and some others commenting, appear to have no knowledge of the ‘workings’ of a union. “Union rejects management’s offer. Union strikes.”…the Union, by definition, is the members. The proposed contract (unless outrageously bad) is put to the members for acceptance or rejection – a VOTE !…which the Union negotiators convey to the Company. Members are often polled as to preferential conditions to be added/emphasized in a new contract. Negotiation of a contract is NOT an executive decision, as a corporate president or CEO’s action might be. It’s Democracy – IF it’s done right (not always !). The Union is intended to act as the members’ agent, acting for and leveraging the numbers of employees to bargain / trade for better wages, conditions, benefits, for a class of workers, advocating and compromising for the best available for all – equally. Nothing’s perfect, but vilifying “The Unions” is thoughtless, disingenuous and narrow-minded. If corporations cared about and for the welfare of their workers, Unions would be unnecessary…but (based on stated attitudes) that hasn’t happened often – see Ford Motors under Henry Ford (anti-union), and WalMart, when Sam Walton ran the company. Unions are NOT anti-profit, but Profit is most often anti-union. JMO-YMMV
commented on Little Dog Lost
10 days ago
Thanks for another year of LDL, Steve. Certainly would love to share pie with LD, Torti & the gang.
commented on The Other Coast
11 days ago
Piece was purchased by the National Gallery for $1.8 million…over 23 years ago (March, 1990)..and you obviously haven’t seen, or bothered to research it, as your visual description is incorrect, so your judgement of “artistic merit” is somewhat suspect.
commented on Non Sequitur
12 days ago
Why, and how do you arrive at this statement and prediction? These folks are analogous to corporate executives whose employer has provided them with Health Insurance as part of their compensation / contract. Many corporations (used to) provide such (per individual or Union contracts) to employees at little or even no cost. The idea that such benefits will not be available to Medicare subscribers – in the future – is a matter of debate and planning – not certainty. I have no respect for Mr. Cheney, but would not wish him to die due to a treatable condition. The new heart doesn’t seem to have ameliorated his “attitude”, though. The extreme Right needs to get past this “McCarthyist” hatred of (small ‘s’) socialism. “No man is an island…” – if they wish it so – let them find one and mooove ! They willing (if NOT gratefully !) accept the benefits and advantages of living surrounded and supported by a Free Society – then proudly / vehemently declare “I built it MYSELF !” – “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” ~ Carl Sagan
Upon what thought do you base your proposition that a representative of a large (and diverse) group should be an hourly/weekly pay-rate worker and, from that wage, pay for all their own expenses (constituent communication, ‘business’ travel, dual residence, support staffing, etc.) contingent to their duties ? Private sector ‘executives’ of similar responsibility – to thousands of others – would be similarly compensated…or would you support limitation of ‘management’ and ‘executive compensation in the private sector ? Good luck with THAT ! If you were ’hired’ for a job that required travel, entertaining ‘clients’ and representatives of other ‘companies’, querying and informing your (thousands of) employers, etc., you would expect to be compensated or reimbursed for those expenses. Abusing that benefit is another matter, not to be treated with so simplistic a solution. Empathy for one’s ‘peers’ cannot be bought…or ‘beaten into’ someone. The quality of Government service, in whatever position, will not be enhanced by making it a punishment.
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