ModoQuasi

Kingsport, TN

#21 Jan 11, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, the original unemployment crisis was caused by the collapse of the housing industry. However, Obamacare is what is keeping unemployment high. When the employer mandate kicks in, it will go higher. The influx of temporary jobs is due to one thing and one thing only, keeping full time employees at a minimum to keep under the 50 employee limit. This isn't my opinion, this is actually what is happening nationally. When the cost of labor goes up, demand for labor goes down. You can cry "those greedy mean ole employers" all you want, but the result will be the same. Go take a look at what is happening in Europe and you will see the exact same thing happening.
No it wasn't Pop, as far as the housing slump. Unemployment is caused by greedy corporations in cahoots with politics, plain and simple. But you are correct about the -50 rule. It is designed to quash small businesses in favor of corporations. How the hell can a corporation assume the rights of a person, yet still get tax credits? Something is wrong here. You claim to be an employer and I hope you will not let profit exceed your humanity.
Pete

Moore, SC

#22 Jan 11, 2014
ModoQuasi wrote:
<quoted text>No it wasn't Pop, as far as the housing slump. Unemployment is caused by greedy corporations in cahoots with politics, plain and simple. But you are correct about the -50 rule. It is designed to quash small businesses in favor of corporations. How the hell can a corporation assume the rights of a person, yet still get tax credits? Something is wrong here. You claim to be an employer and I hope you will not let profit exceed your humanity.
Profit is what enables me to provide humanity. You can't have humanity without profits, at least in terms of private business.

Jobs are outsourced due to the cost of labor in our country plain and simple. Wages are only part of the total cost of labor. When Americans start preferring to purchase goods with higher quality versus cheaper goods of inferior quality, this situation will change.
viewer

Johnson City, TN

#23 Jan 11, 2014
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Profit is what enables me to provide humanity. You can't have humanity without profits, at least in terms of private business.
Jobs are outsourced due to the cost of labor in our country plain and simple. Wages are only part of the total cost of labor. When Americans start preferring to purchase goods with higher quality versus cheaper goods of inferior quality, this situation will change.
Well, you see, it is a bit of a cycle. If you are making minimum wages, you can't afford higher quality goods. The corporations want to make maximum profit by sending the jobs overseas and they eventually eliminate their customer base......but they haven't figured that out yet.
WoW

Hixson, TN

#24 Jan 12, 2014
Jeremy wrote:
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
You might want to do some research before you bash only republicans. Both sides have a hand in your job being sent to China. Don't believe me? Look up NAFTA, it started with Ronald Raegan and was signed into law by good ole Bill Clinton. The job market has went down hill ever since and it well not change until there is a tax put on goods imported into the United States.
Colonel Bean

Kingsport, TN

#25 Jan 14, 2014
WoW wrote:
<quoted text>
You might want to do some research before you bash only republicans. Both sides have a hand in your job being sent to China. Don't believe me? Look up NAFTA, it started with Ronald Raegan and was signed into law by good ole Bill Clinton. The job market has went down hill ever since and it well not change until there is a tax put on goods imported into the United States.
You are right on the money, WoW, both sides are guilty of allowing this travesty. Republicans/Democrats= the same thing, both being parasites of humanity and profiting from it all. I wish I had a solution to reform it all, but it is like a house on fire. No matter what an enlightened politician (if there is such a thing) comes up with, the old way of doing things will combat it. Meanwhile, we citizens are required to throw money at it, only fueling it further.
George

United States

#26 Jan 24, 2014
Needed wrote:
<quoted text>. In East Tennessee, and Tennessee in general, we are represented by Republicans. We are a red state. Get used to it. With the economic demographics in this state one would think things would be different, but until citizens change their voting habits you may as well get used to the poor being treated as second class citizens. I am sorry for your situation.
Idiot, 92 million now need a job under libtard democrat regime.

Here you are.....
http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/20 ...
LLB

Knoxville, TN

#27 Jan 24, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I just looked through the jobs at BetterTCJobs.com . There are plenty there. Yes, most jobs require some skills and/or experience. You are correct, there are not many on there looking for unskilled labor. Those types of jobs are usually filled via word of mouth. I realize that anyone can depict any persona on a public internet forum, but I am an employer and have over 120 employees. We always have open jobs we cannot fill for unskilled labor. We always have plenty of applicants, but very few are actually hireable because we do a drug test and a background check. We also require a professional appearance. Maybe I have set the standards too high, but we have less turnover, more productivity and a larger pool to promote from within via this method. My best advice I could possibly give to anyone seeking a job is to identify 10 places they would like to work. I would dress professionally and go into that establishment with a positive attitude and demonstrating an eagerness to be an asset to that company. Ask for an application in a courteous and sincere manner. I am willing to bet that method will generate at least two job interviews. The key is to dress appropriately. This is our best method of hiring warehouse personnel. I have never not given an interview to someone coming in demonstrating these traits - ever. If you can't pass a background check, then tell the prospective employer up front what he or she will find on that check. Give an explanation and demonstrate remorse. I have granted exceptions to a background check with "hits" on it if the candidate tells me up front about past instances of bad choices and showing remorse. A lot of times, this gamble has paid off strictly due to the fact the employee demonstrates loyalty after giving him or her a shot at a job with a less than stellar background.
There are jobs out there, however, employers can be selective in who they hire with this much demand for work. You have to stand out over all the rest to get selected.
I say all this with the utmost in sincerity.
You are right on target. There are plenty of jobs in NE TN but many of those looking don't have transportation, put everything in front of the job, can't pass drug tests, don't dress appropriately, etc.
Stats

Mountain City, TN

#28 Jan 24, 2014
George wrote:
<quoted text>
Idiot, 92 million now need a job under libtard democrat regime.
Here you are.....
http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/20 ...
. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. There was an economic collapse in 2008 if you might recall. It takes a while to clean up these Republican messes. Who was President in October 2008? Can you refresh our memory on that? Don't be such a right wing tool. That is just what they need and Tennessee seems to be an easy mark for the right getting people to vote against their own interests.
Hillbillyboy

United States

#29 Jan 24, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, the original unemployment crisis was caused by the collapse of the housing industry. However, Obamacare is what is keeping unemployment high. When the employer mandate kicks in, it will go higher. The influx of temporary jobs is due to one thing and one thing only, keeping full time employees at a minimum to keep under the 50 employee limit. This isn't my opinion, this is actually what is happening nationally. When the cost of labor goes up, demand for labor goes down. You can cry "those greedy mean ole employers" all you want, but the result will be the same. Go take a look at what is happening in Europe and you will see the exact same thing happening.
Its actually a little more complicated that that, and it goes back farther in its origins. The things you mention are happening, true enough. But they are not the original causes of the economic problem. They are just the latest gurgles of air escaping as the ship takes on water and sinks.

The original problem is wealth related.

See, after WWII, there was a great demand for civillian products and a pent up reserve of cash. Car makers could sell every car they could slap wheels on, and it was like that for every other product, including housing. And so the WWII generation was able to work hard at decent paying jobs, and build up a great deal of wealth.

People will comfortable levels of wealth dont mind spending a little, which sort of kept the economy going at a more or less comfortable level of wealth/ demand/ and productivity.

But then, corrpt politicians passed the infamous job exportation laws, such as Nafta. These laws sent American jobs overseas by the millions. We were lied to when these same corrupt politicians said that we were moving away from industrial jobs to some sort of high tech world, and they spun that pack of lies to make it actually sound good.

But it was all just lies. The good wage jobs are mostly gone now, replaced by far fewer, and much lower paying ones. And that is all there is going to be. There will be no fulfillment of some high tech utopia which gives us lots of good high tech jobs. That was all just a lie.

And these Nafta laws dont really help the peasants working in a Mexican sweat shop for a buck a day either. Nor do they benifit the American people. So, who does benifit from them?

The top billionairs who run the big retail chain stores. Thier profits went way up, and they are the ones who could afford to bribe the politicians to pass these job export laws to start with.

Why didnt NAFTA catch up with us immediately, back in the 1990s?

It did start to hurt the little guys first, as they lost their jobs due to it, but the nation as a whole didnt feel it until the 90s were over. That is because the WWII generation was in the die off phase back then, and thier kids (the baby boomers) were inherriting thier parents wealth and spending it. And that sort of kept things going for a little while.

And then the bubble burst.

The economy dont have the ability to replace the wealth of the WWII generation that was mostly spent buying stuff from overseas back in the 90s. That wealth is gone, and cannot be replaced, since the economic engine that made it)American manufacturing jobs) was sent overseas. So, we are in a slow settling mode now, like a ship sinking while still tied up to the pier.

When the baby boomers start the die off phase, thier kids will inherrit and spend that up just as quickly as the previous generation did, but it wont be nearly as big a boom as the 90s was. So, the tepid recovery we are in now reflects that.

In other words, this time of joblessness and economic trouble...this IS the good time! This is as good as it can get. And remember, since we buy almost everything from overseas now, every dollar of baby boomer wealth that hits the economy is going overseas, and into the pockets of some warlord to buy arms to make war on us with.

Things cant get better, only worse.
Prove it

Kingsport, TN

#30 Jan 29, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
I would love to give Jeremy an interview with my company. However, I can't do that. The reason is that is if it is determined Jeremy is unhireable due to our standards, my company will get libeled on this forum and get a bad image for illicit purposes. This forum is not know for integrity and I simply will not risk my company's credibility on a Topix poster who is either real or not. I was sincere with my advice to Jeremy on how to get a job. If he does what I told him to do, his changes will be drastically improved. I am trying to help him out here.
What a cop out! You are not trying to help Jeremy, you are only puffing up your shirt. It's not like you are employing only angels and saints for your business, whatever it may be (if it really even exists). I guess your next post will be an autobiographical rags to riches story on your behalf. I have to ask, without trying to be nosy, but just what line of work is your business devoted to and what is your median pay scale? I'm sure a security clearance and polygraph test isn't required.
You never know, I could be the next big thing in your company to do your firing and hiring! Yeah, I'm being sarcastic, just for the hell of it, but if you truly want to help someone, get off the "hard work = good job" soap box, when you won't give someone a chance.
Pop

Elizabethton, TN

#31 Jan 30, 2014
Prove it wrote:
<quoted text>What a cop out! You are not trying to help Jeremy, you are only puffing up your shirt. It's not like you are employing only angels and saints for your business, whatever it may be (if it really even exists). I guess your next post will be an autobiographical rags to riches story on your behalf. I have to ask, without trying to be nosy, but just what line of work is your business devoted to and what is your median pay scale? I'm sure a security clearance and polygraph test isn't required.
You never know, I could be the next big thing in your company to do your firing and hiring! Yeah, I'm being sarcastic, just for the hell of it, but if you truly want to help someone, get off the "hard work = good job" soap box, when you won't give someone a chance.
Some of your comments are very intriguing. First, I don't think posting advice on an anonymous public internet forum could be considered "puffing up my shirt." I operate a retail business and we have various job responsibilities so a median pay scale is not an appropriate answer for your question. We have warehouse personnel, delivery personnel, sales personnel, clerical personnel, management, etc. You are correct, I do not do polygraphs or security clearances, but I do require background checks and drug tests. In short, the people that pass these tests are the best employees.

Regardless of what you may believe, if an employee doesn't demonstrate a willingness to work hard and be an asset for a company, then that employee is not a good employee and will not make the highest wage he or she possibly can. For most like this, they won't keep their job. Along those lines, if someone doesn't demonstrate professionalism, an eagerness to work and an ability to communicate, that person is not going to get a chance because there are too many out there who do demonstrate those qualities.

I can see you have never been an employer. Aside from this, all I did was offer some advice. You don't like it or don't want to utilize it, so be it. That is your prerogative. However, it is also my prerogative to be able to offer this advice.
Prove it

Kingsport, TN

#32 Jan 30, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
Some of your comments are very intriguing. First, I don't think posting advice on an anonymous public internet forum could be considered "puffing up my shirt." I operate a retail business and we have various job responsibilities so a median pay scale is not an appropriate answer for your question. We have warehouse personnel, delivery personnel, sales personnel, clerical personnel, management, etc. You are correct, I do not do polygraphs or security clearances, but I do require background checks and drug tests. In short, the people that pass these tests are the best employees.
Regardless of what you may believe, if an employee doesn't demonstrate a willingness to work hard and be an asset for a company, then that employee is not a good employee and will not make the highest wage he or she possibly can. For most like this, they won't keep their job. Along those lines, if someone doesn't demonstrate professionalism, an eagerness to work and an ability to communicate, that person is not going to get a chance because there are too many out there who do demonstrate those qualities.
I can see you have never been an employer. Aside from this, all I did was offer some advice. You don't like it or don't want to utilize it, so be it. That is your prerogative. However, it is also my prerogative to be able to offer this advice.
You have managed to dodge a question. What kind of wages are you paying (how many are on minimum wage)? As far as puffing up your shirt, the fact that you seem to have your nose in the air supports my belief. You see, most of the time a worker who does the job well without complaints is like the hard working mule that also gets ridden to church on Sunday. Now, your brown nosing employees, that's another story and I'll bet you consider them hard working "assets" to your shop. Tell me the truth, is yours a rags to riches story or did you just fall into it thanks to a well off family? Your advice to someone wanting a job is tainted. I guarantee that before you don't hire someone, you most likely have already bracketed them to determine if they will or won't shine your shoes.
pedro

United States

#33 Jan 31, 2014
wha me ned is amnesty and mor free stuffs for votes
Pop

Johnson City, TN

#34 Jan 31, 2014
Prove it wrote:
<quoted text>You have managed to dodge a question. What kind of wages are you paying (how many are on minimum wage)? As far as puffing up your shirt, the fact that you seem to have your nose in the air supports my belief. You see, most of the time a worker who does the job well without complaints is like the hard working mule that also gets ridden to church on Sunday. Now, your brown nosing employees, that's another story and I'll bet you consider them hard working "assets" to your shop. Tell me the truth, is yours a rags to riches story or did you just fall into it thanks to a well off family? Your advice to someone wanting a job is tainted. I guarantee that before you don't hire someone, you most likely have already bracketed them to determine if they will or won't shine your shoes.
You sound like someone who has gotten fired recently. Also, I have no minimum wage jobs and not many employers do.
Prove it

Kingsport, TN

#35 Feb 1, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like someone who has gotten fired recently. Also, I have no minimum wage jobs and not many employers do.
To the contrary, Pop, I've never been fired from a job, in fact I have been unemployed only once in my many years on the earth, that being caused by an American company deciding to close down all Union locations and relocate. That used to be illegal, remember? Maybe you don't since you might be a local good ol'e boy fly by night employer. Please pardon me if I am asking too many questions about your business, OK? I don't want you to expose what kind of stuff are you peddling. Are you a corporation or an LLC? Please don't tell me you are in the home improvement/ spa/ retail home improvement industry. Then I might know who you are!
Hillbillyboy

United States

#36 Feb 4, 2014
Pop wrote:
<quoted text>
You sound like someone who has gotten fired recently. Also, I have no minimum wage jobs and not many employers do.
Yep, the low skll, low pay jobs went to Mexico. So now, we have what, a hundred million people walking around with no job and no prospects?

And now Congress is cutting out the 40 hour work week, to screw the workers even harder and make them work more and more hours for less money?

No wonder America is in a downward spiral. Of course, they put the usual false euphamisms on it, like it "flexibility for the family" (which is pure BS). Its all about forcing the few workers that still have a job to work longer hours without overtime pay.

Its just all about corruption. Thats all it is.

I think pretty soon the public is going to wake up from its sitcom and X Box inspired stupor, and start asking some tough questions of its political leaders pretty soon. I think this will do it.
The Faxx

Kingsport, TN

#37 Feb 4, 2014
Hillbillyboy wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, the low skll, low pay jobs went to Mexico. So now, we have what, a hundred million people walking around with no job and no prospects?
And now Congress is cutting out the 40 hour work week, to screw the workers even harder and make them work more and more hours for less money?
No wonder America is in a downward spiral. Of course, they put the usual false euphamisms on it, like it "flexibility for the family" (which is pure BS). Its all about forcing the few workers that still have a job to work longer hours without overtime pay.
Its just all about corruption. Thats all it is.
I think pretty soon the public is going to wake up from its sitcom and X Box inspired stupor, and start asking some tough questions of its political leaders pretty soon. I think this will do it.
Yep, not to mention Ireland and other low wage countries taking our jobs, thanks to the government sanctioning it for profits for the big corporations. We are becoming a nation of waiters and waitresses, plain and simple, a return to feudal rule. Agreed, the "flexibility" is just load of bullshit. Both sides of the legislature have declared war on unions for years and now they are blatantly now letting a salvo go that way. I sure hope the public will awaken, but fear it will be too late.
Patriot

Savannah, GA

#38 Feb 4, 2014
Phil Roe Votes No on Unemployment Extensions

http://www.tnca.org/2010/07/23/unemployment-e...
Doc Holliday
#39 Feb 4, 2014
Jeremy wrote:
I was laid off from my job that I worked at for 18 years. I have applied and sent resumes to over 200 companies and only have had three interviews. I did not get any of the jobs. I am raising three children and have never received government assistance until I started getting unemployment. I have barely gotten by all these years and have no savings to fall back on. I lost my job through no fault of my own. A man in China now has my job. I always thought that unions ruined the country and I worked for a lower wage than that of my union counterparts up north. I laughed a few years ago when they lost their jobs and chalked it up to them being greedy. Now I am in the same boat but made substantially less than they did. Now the government is taking away my unemployment through no fault of my own. I want to work, I am a strong man physically and mentally with no where to work. Why has this happened? How did this happen? What can I do to change my situation I have tried everything I know. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Another month and my family may be homeless. I can not believe what has happened. I will never vote Republican again.
My God, how long did you plan to draw unemployment - over 2 years?
Patriot

Savannah, GA

#40 Feb 4, 2014
Hillbillyboy wrote:
<quoted text>
Its actually a little more complicated that that, and it goes back farther in its origins. The things you mention are happening, true enough. But they are not the original causes of the economic problem. They are just the latest gurgles of air escaping as the ship takes on water and sinks.
The original problem is wealth related.
See, after WWII, there was a great demand for civillian products and a pent up reserve of cash. Car makers could sell every car they could slap wheels on, and it was like that for every other product, including housing. And so the WWII generation was able to work hard at decent paying jobs, and build up a great deal of wealth.
People will comfortable levels of wealth dont mind spending a little, which sort of kept the economy going at a more or less comfortable level of wealth/ demand/ and productivity.
But then, corrpt politicians passed the infamous job exportation laws, such as Nafta. These laws sent American jobs overseas by the millions. We were lied to when these same corrupt politicians said that we were moving away from industrial jobs to some sort of high tech world, and they spun that pack of lies to make it actually sound good.
But it was all just lies. The good wage jobs are mostly gone now, replaced by far fewer, and much lower paying ones. And that is all there is going to be. There will be no fulfillment of some high tech utopia which gives us lots of good high tech jobs. That was all just a lie.
And these Nafta laws dont really help the peasants working in a Mexican sweat shop for a buck a day either. Nor do they benifit the American people. So, who does benifit from them?
The top billionairs who run the big retail chain stores. Thier profits went way up, and they are the ones who could afford to bribe the politicians to pass these job export laws to start with.
Why didnt NAFTA catch up with us immediately, back in the 1990s?
It did start to hurt the little guys first, as they lost their jobs due to it, but the nation as a whole didnt feel it until the 90s were over. That is because the WWII generation was in the die off phase back then, and thier kids (the baby boomers) were inherriting thier parents wealth and spending it. And that sort of kept things going for a little while.
And then the bubble burst.
The economy dont have the ability to replace the wealth of the WWII generation that was mostly spent buying stuff from overseas back in the 90s. That wealth is gone, and cannot be replaced, since the economic engine that made it)American manufacturing jobs) was sent overseas. So, we are in a slow settling mode now, like a ship sinking while still tied up to the pier.
When the baby boomers start the die off phase, thier kids will inherrit and spend that up just as quickly as the previous generation did, but it wont be nearly as big a boom as the 90s was. So, the tepid recovery we are in now reflects that.
In other words, this time of joblessness and economic trouble...this IS the good time! This is as good as it can get. And remember, since we buy almost everything from overseas now, every dollar of baby boomer wealth that hits the economy is going overseas, and into the pockets of some warlord to buy arms to make war on us with.
Things cant get better, only worse.
Well said, and I agree with you....We have lost most of our manufacturing jobs to other countries, and they will not be coming back. It is all about $Money these days, and the owners of those companies don't give a rat's hind end about the American Workers they laid off when they moved offshore...
Even our Power Plants would produce electricity overseas and ship it back if they could..
Some industries come out better by staying in the USA for Economic Reasons. If they could make more money overseas, they would go too.

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