Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 01, 2019

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    BE THIS GUY  over 2 years ago

    Sounds like a painful birth.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Well, get your a$$ to France. I might go with you.

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    alaskajohn1  over 2 years ago

    I see Rat’s ideas led him right back to work. So much for innovation.

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    B UTTONS  over 2 years ago

    Rat successfully negotiated a global compensation package: Finnish 25 paid vacation days and 11 paid holidays; and now gets the Venezuelans minimum wage of $20 USD per month.

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    pearlsbs  over 2 years ago

    Rat wants the same benefits as a broad? I thought women typically received less compensation.

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    gbars70  over 2 years ago

    Rat’s second calling should be union boss.

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    Goat  over 2 years ago

    This is one of the few times where I do completely side with Rat.

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    kaffekup   over 2 years ago

    “We’re #1! We’re #1!”

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    Gent  over 2 years ago

    I’m sure in none of those countries they allow a rat to infest thier cafes. You’re lucky you’re not fired, Rat.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member over 2 years ago

    It’s the Americans who are absurd…

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    PICTO  over 2 years ago

    Eight weeks!!!…they’re going to need retraining when they get back.

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    mbandi  over 2 years ago

    No, we spread them around. 4 in summer, 2 for Christmas and one each for Ski and Easter.

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    Lyons Group, Inc.  over 2 years ago

    Very sneaky Stephan Pastis! Better watch your six because if you do that again, your strip will get the “deep six” with me!

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    The Old Wolf  over 2 years ago

    Boss: “You know what I think about your Global Economy? I don’t Caribbean. You’re a Spain in the neck, that’s Norway to behave. Samoa your wisecracks and I’ll Kenya. Now get Eurasia down here.”

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    conndor4x20+5  over 2 years ago

    When Elon Musk thinks we will work the same hours and days in the Berlin car-plant as the americans do in the other Tesla factories. Then he will be corrected.

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    asrialfeeple  over 2 years ago

    Nice try, Rat.

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    TheodorFælgen  over 2 years ago

    Rat is on to something. I am a Dane and a standard work week here is 37 hours, at my job this includes a ½ hour paid lunchtime each day so it is really 34½ hour work weeks.And the rap is that when it comes to productivity we are not producing less than elsewhere, we are even starting to see companies that experiment with 4 day work weeks – people stay a little longer on those days only not so much it means they still do the 37 hour weeks.

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    Breadboard  over 2 years ago

    Rat check your 10-20 you are on the wrong side of the pond to receive those hand-outs ;-) ….. Croc Power !

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    Purple People Eater  over 2 years ago

    In Iceland we get 30 work days paid summer vacation, ten full days for public holidays, two half days for public holidays and up to 360 (including weekends) paid days of sick leave (depending on how long you’ve worked at a given place). If you’re still not well after you finish your sick days, you get the same number of days without pay from your employer, but the union pays you the same amount, and your employer can’t fire you until those days are over. If you’re still not well after nearly two years, the national insurance system takes over.

    And believe it or not, our economy is doing well and growing.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m with, Rat, on this one

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    Kaputnik  over 2 years ago

    At this level of job, it’s simpler just to fire Rat and find someone else who will actually show up (and not insult the customers).

    Yes, I know, there’s some history here about why they supposedly “can’t” fire him, but I think it just became possible.

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    MS72  over 2 years ago

    I’D like the benefits of ABROAD!

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    Zebrastripes  over 2 years ago

    RAT is just that!

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    mjb515  over 2 years ago

    Sorry Rat, your idea was stillborn.

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    Joseph Shelby Premium Member over 2 years ago

    “Since I gave birth to this idea” – that was fantastic.

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    Willywise52 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Pig.

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    Agapostemon  over 2 years ago

    Sorry, Rat. Now you know why money is allowed to flow across borders, but people aren’t.

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    El Cobbo Grande  over 2 years ago

    And I thought euthanasia was young people abroad…..

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 2 years ago

    ….Those maudit Chicago boys !

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    Ermine Notyours  over 2 years ago

    Well, Rat, if you want to be just like workers in other countries, remember that Chinese workers live in dorm rooms in their factory.

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    Ermine Notyours  over 2 years ago

    If Rat works in a global economy, he can pick his time zone.

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    chmsam  over 2 years ago

    Labor studies concluded American workers are >90% more productive than 50 or 60 years ago. However, adjusted for inflation and cost of living, they’re earning ~50% less. That means they’re working about twice as hard for approximately half as much. yea… joy… yippee…

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    zeexenon  over 2 years ago

    The Finns? I heard when they finish, they wipe their #$$ with U.S.A. dollars.

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    Bicycle Dude  over 2 years ago

    Sounds about right, no wonder Americans die from heart disease, high anxiety and suicide by working themselves to death.

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    streetbeater  over 2 years ago

    Still wondering how a rat got a job in the food industry without the health inspector catching on.

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    duplin  over 2 years ago

    I notice there was no reference to the Chinese….

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    SusieB  over 2 years ago

    We Americans are being over worked and under paid. We are woefully far behind European and Scandinavian countries when it comes to quality of life. Too little vacation and sick time. No universal healthcare, our maternity leave benefits are too short and often unpaid. Is it any wonder we are not even in the top ten of happiest countries?

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    SheMc  over 2 years ago

    Oh well, you can have 365 days leave now!! remember how good it was when you had a job!!!

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    GumbyDammit223  over 2 years ago

    I work for a company owned by the French. We (the US group) get the fewest holidays of the entire organization. There are also three groups in three different French cities. The one where the CEO’s original company resides has the most holidays of all groups…go figure.

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    NWdryad  over 2 years ago

    I love your idea.

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    Ellis97  over 2 years ago

    That Rat is a rat.

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    knight1192a  over 2 years ago

    Bring back the Rat clones. The boss prefered the Rat clones. They were hard workers, nice, friendly, and good with the customers. Everything Rat isn’t.

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    WCraft Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Kramer ought to be coming in any moment for his free espresso…

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    Alien-X  over 2 years ago

    I like this idea of yours, Rat.

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    falcon_370f  over 2 years ago

    If only we could threaten to go to these countries and find employment, then we could dangle the threat. But it is not feasible so we workers have no leverage.

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    Sisyphos  over 2 years ago

    If you like the ways they do things so much, Rat, go live in Finland, or France, or Sweden. If you wanna stay here, haul butt in to work!

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    No One in Particular  3 months ago

    Well that’s a weird idea, proposed by Rat: companies that care for their employees. Outlandish.

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