A positive note on the jobs market

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“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#1 Jan 23, 2013
Union membership is at its lowest point in over 70 years. As Martha Stewart would say: "That's a good thing."

Unions in the public sector are a cancer upon society. They need to be banned.

Unions in the private sector are simply an agreement between management and those that are willing to accept the pay of the person who is the least productive in their job classification.

Usually, it means an uneducated, unskilled worker who depends on others for their job security.

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Union membership falls to 70-year low

By David Shepardson

Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — The nation's unions lost 400,000 members in 2012 as the percentage of U.S. workers represented by a labor union fell to 11.3 percent, its lowest level since the 1930s - declining by 0.5 percent over the last year.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130123/B...
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#2 Jan 23, 2013
Sure reminds me of jw in my grove-

Usually, it means an uneducated, unskilled worker who depends on others for their job security.

Of course, your stupid stereotype is simply that, as usual....

Funny, a "guy" who ran away from job after 2 hours and 15 minutes commenting ??? LMAOROTFu~!

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#4 Jan 23, 2013
Smart Liberal wrote:
Usually, it means an uneducated, unskilled worker who depends on others for their job security.
Sounds a lot like someone we know of.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#5 Jan 23, 2013
Yeah, jw in my grove... Geez, I just wrote that, are you a COMPLETE moron ???
Pig Lady

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jan 23, 2013
Redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes Champ!
Tell um in your own indecipherable way "what it be"!
Me and the BOI's got u back, and front, and side, and everywhere your fat folds loom.
When you decide it's time to address your issues let us know. We can can help. It'll be okay buddy.
Pig Lady

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jan 23, 2013
I never stopped thinking Tiger was a great golfer but a role model? Not so much. It does seem fitting that Irish is his wannabe however.
Consistent

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jan 23, 2013
Redeemer wrote:
<quoted text>
Get um Champ!
Speaking of "Ripping a new one", When can I cum out to the Asylum and get some of that obese lovin' and pimple poppin'?
Nobody gets a Brother going like you Slewsie. The way you mangle the language makes any purveyor of Ebonix suffer blood engorgement!
So, Have you picked a date for our "date"?
Them insects in my head are feeding on my cranium help me,help me please somebody,please piss in my ear,nose or throatplease drown out the invaders.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#16 Jan 23, 2013
Thanks tiny, it's nice to anyways be proven correct, by your predictability. LMAOROTFU~!
Keep up the good "work"...
Consistent

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 23, 2013
Pig Lady wrote:
<quoted text>
Nobody know who the fauch you are talking to but it does not matter. YOU Speaking is all we need.
It does not matter that 90% of the words you type are so disjointed that they cannot be deciphered. YOU Speaking is all we need.
Just be you Slewsie, that is all we need!
(Can I join Redeemers "Train", with his Posse?)
No talk like that about my mommy.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#19 Jan 23, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service is going to be hiring 35,000 new postal carriers nationwide in the next 30 to 60 days. We signed a new contract January 11, 2013. If you want a carrier job the Postal Service is offering sign up to take the Postal exam in the next 5 days. Jan. 23-28. You have to pass the Postal exam to get a interview. SIGN UP AT www.USPS.COM/employment .

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#20 Jan 23, 2013
Another positive note on the jobs front...

I am not so sure it is a good plan to put in that application at the Post Office, folks. The USPS wants to lay off another 120,000 jobs. Not add new ones.

There are some very stupid people on Topix who show it daily when they claim to be from WA and are really posting from a basement in the Twin Cities - and then give out asinine jobs advice.

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WASHINGTON (CNNMoney)-- Should the Postal Service get its way on laying off thousands of workers, the cuts would weigh heavily on two segments of the population hard hit in recent years: minorities and veterans.

The U.S. Postal Service, teetering toward default, wants the power to cut 120,000 jobs by voiding labor protections for currently protected workers.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/06/news/economy/...

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#21 Jan 23, 2013
The black hole known as the Post Office is faced with a dilemma. Do they cut more worker? Or do they go broke and cut all their workers?

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U.S. Post Office cuts threaten source of black jobs

By Mary Wisniewski

Reuters – Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

CHICAGO (Reuters)- While delivering mail on Chicago's North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear.

"These jobs are the middle class ..." said Dortch-Hardy, a tall, energetic 38-year-old, who took long strides as she wheeled her cart along a row of two- and three-story brick apartment houses. "Without this job, I don't know where I'd be right now."

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result as it struggles to avoid its own "fiscal cliff." As the United States honors Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy on Monday, many African-American workers may be facing new obstacles to achieving and maintaining a middle-class life style.

African-Americans represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population and 11.6 percent of the labor force, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Labor report. Nearly one in five African-American workers hold government jobs such as mail clerks, firefighters and teachers, the report said.

"There's a long tradition of the public sector being more friendly, or less hostile, to African-American workers," said Robert Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. "The Post Office is the best example."

African-Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers - and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

But the public sector has cut nearly 600,000 jobs since 2009, due to shrinking government budgets and a range of other issues, according to the Bureau of Labor Relations. The slower recovery for African-Americans in the labor market has, in part, been the result of government layoffs after the end of the recession was declared, according to the Labor Department report.

In December, the black unemployment rate was 14 percent, roughly double that of whites.

While some other sectors of the economy are seeing recovery, the biggest problems may be just beginning for the Post Office, the second-largest civilian employer in the United States after Wal-Mart with about 536,000 career workers.

POSTAL TROUBLES

The Postal Service has been hurt by a switch to electronic mail from paper communication, as well as onerous retiree payments to the government.

Last week, the Postal Service Board of Governors met to discuss a range of cost-cutting measures to strengthen the service's finances following the loss of a staggering $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012.
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The U.S. Congress has not been able to agree on legislation to overhaul the agency. The postmaster general has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, closing some facilities and changing its benefit payment obligations, but congressional approval is needed for the more significant measures.

U.S. Postal Service labor costs, with most postal employees covered by collective bargaining agreements, have also been criticized as a contributor to its fiscal problems. Defenders of the service say labor costs have declined in recent years while worker productivity is at a record high.

With no action by Congress, the postal service is losing $25 million a day, by some estimates, and could run out of money by October.

http://news.yahoo.com/u-post-office-cuts-thre...

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#22 Jan 23, 2013
The Post Office is facing a dilemma. Do they cut more workers? Or do they go broke and cut all of the workers?

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U.S. Post Office Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Reuters
Updated: 01/20/2013 10:41 am EST

By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters)- While delivering mail on Chicago's North Side, Lakesha Dortch-Hardy spoke about how much she loves her job at the U.S. Postal Service, and how much it would hurt if jobs such as hers were to disappear.

"There would be no middle class without these jobs - it would either be rich or poor," said Dortch-Hardy, a tall, energetic 38-year-old, who took long strides as she wheeled her cart along a row of two and three-story brick apartment houses.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts could result as it struggles to avoid its own "fiscal cliff." As the United States honors Martin Luther King's civil rights legacy on Monday, many African-American workers may be facing new obstacles to achieving and maintaining a middle-class life style.

African-Americans represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population and 11.6 percent of the labor force, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Labor report. Nearly one in five African-American workers hold government jobs such as mail clerks, firefighters and teachers, the report said.

"There's a long tradition of the public sector being more friendly, or less hostile, to African-American workers," said Robert Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. "The Post Office is the best example."

African-Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers - and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

But the public sector has cut nearly 600,000 jobs since 2009, due to shrinking government budgets and a range of other issues, according to the Bureau of Labor Relations. The slower recovery for African-Americans in the labor market has, in part, been the result of government layoffs after the end of the recession was declared, according to the DOL report. In December, the black unemployment rate was 14 percent, roughly double that of whites.

While some other sectors of the economy are seeing recovery, the biggest problems may be just beginning for the Post Office, the nation's second-largest civilian employer after Wal-Mart with about 536,000 career workers.

POSTAL TROUBLES

The Postal Service has been hurt by a switch to electronic mail from paper communication, as well as onerous retiree payments to the government.

Last week, the Postal Service Board of Governors met to discuss a range of cost-cutting measures to strengthen the service's finances following the loss of a staggering $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012.
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The U.S. Congress has not been able to agree on legislation to overhaul the agency. The postmaster general has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, closing some facilities and changing its benefit payment obligations, but congressional approval is needed for the more significant measures.

With no action by Congress, the postal service is losing $25 million a day, by some estimates, and could run out of money by October.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/20/us-p...

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Probably not a good place to look for a job right now.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#23 Jan 23, 2013
Pretty simple, fix this stupid rule.

Unlike other federal agencies, the USPS is required by law to pre-fund 10 years’ worth of pension benefits.

Of course, bushwhacker NEED the money for wars...

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