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Work: not a big NIN fan, but it is right on the nose for the day.

    4) The unions say "we can take a massive hit on what we provide or we can declare insolvency. You choose."

I expect to get nothing from my pension. I'm 20-35 years out looking at it: no fucking way it lasts that long as shit stands the way it does.

    And look - this is the teamsters we're talking about. They drive and load UPS and the like. Amazon? Amazon hires day players to drop your shit off in their own cars for $9 an hour. Are you going to stop using Amazon? I'm not. I use Lyft. It costs hella less than taxis and provides no security whatsoever to its drivers.

Between those two, at the outset, Amazon actually pays their loaders better. Out here, it is $12 full time at Amazon vs $10.20 part time at UPS. Not sure how much the Amazon pay rates change by location, the UPS rates are across the board due to being laid out in their national contract.

I had to look at job postings to check the amazon pay. I forgot how much I hate hr speak. Cozy kicks a must!: you'll be on your feet all goddamned day.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017


Tyson wants to come to town. I suspect they will get to, but it won't be a fun affair.


The unit next to us finally rented. It has been empty the entire 9 months we have lived here. The new tenants are... frigid. Say "hi", and they just keep lookin' forward and walk past. Meh.

That said, we've been here 9 months, and we don't have any red flags about continuing to live here. This is unprecedented. The goal is to stay here a few years until we have a down payment together.


I'm eating a large bowl of refried beans and meatless taco meat.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

Did he look like shaved me, or I-can't-really-grow-a-beard-but-I'm-gonna-try* me? I've posted pictures of both. :)


* alas.

You didn't miss much, I was just curious.

    My reading over the summer

I've got like 25 pages left on White Trash, and I was wondering: did the audiobook version handle the footnotes in any way? Because they're like the last quarter of the book.

Somewhere there is an alternate timeline in which the Wobblies won the fight to organize labor in the 20th century.

I'd quite like to go there.

@realtimewwii on twitter is on the start of the war again, too.

We are union. I'm proud to be union. I work where I do because of the union. That said:

Business unionism sucks. snoodog has some valid points. I know that as a low-ish seniority part-timer, the union as an institution doesn't give a shit about me. Individual people can be great. The institution? Fucking frustrating.

I subscribe to the "companies have forgotten how to pay" take on this.

My employer turned a $3+ billion profit last year. $4+ billion the year before. They've been reduced to offering newhires a $125 bonus each week in exchange for actually showing up to work every day. That's all. Clock in five times a week: make $125 extra.

And here I am, making a killing in forced overtime every day because they can not get staffed. Why?

    You can't find good candidates if a you can't match barista wages.

Newbies start off at $10 an hour. Newbies have to wait a year to get benefits. The job is just part-time. The schedule isn't fixed, making it hard to plan another job around. Even with the bonus: why would they stay?

Corporate is in a position where every new person they hire sucks. Because they can only get people who haven't done the barista math. And all their old hands don't give a flying fuck, because the company oh-so-wisely decided to leave them in the cold with those retention bonuses.

It is a trainwreck that everyone could see coming a mile off as the unemployment rate fell. But nobody did anything about it, because properly compensating labor is tantamount to sharing profits.

keifermiller  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

The whole foods one is really good stuff! I'm thinking about taking it to a potluck this Friday, which would be the second time in a week that we've brought this to a dinner.

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