It's the economy again, stupid

It's the economy again, stupid

There are 2 comments on the Monroe News Star story from Jun 12, 2011, titled It's the economy again, stupid. In it, Monroe News Star reports that:

In this May 25, 2011 file photo, people fill out job applications at the Jobapalooza job fair at Lake Erie College, in Painesville, Ohio.

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Walnut Creek, CA

#1 Jun 12, 2011
Loyalty prevents the acquisition of skills that sustain employability in 21st century economy. As businesses, universities, states, counties, cities worldwide stumble through the recession some find themselves in a phase of creative disassembly. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are shed. World class University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) and his $7 million outside consultants are firing employees via his “Operational Excellence (OE)”: 2,000 axed by end 2011. Yet many cling to an old assumption: the implied, unwritten management-employee contract.

Management promised work, upward progress for employees fitting in, employees accepted lower wages, performing in prescribed ways, sticking around. Longevity was good employer-employee relations; turnover a dysfunction. None of these assumptions apply in the 21 century economy. Businesses, universities, public institutions can no longer guarantee careers, even if they want to. Managements paralyzed themselves with a strategy of “success brings successes” rather than “successes brings failure’ and are now forced to break implied contract with employees – a contract nurtured by management that future can be controlled.

Jettisoned employees are discovering that hard won knowledge earned while loyal is no longer desired in employment markets. What contract can employers, employees make with each other?

The central idea is simple, powerful: job is a shared partnership.
• Employers, employees face financial conditions together; longevity of partnership depends on how well customers, constituencies needs are met.
• Neither management nor employee has future obligation to the other.
• Organizations train people.
• Employees create security they really need – skills, knowledge that creates employability in 21st century economies
• The management-employee loyalty partnership can be dissolved without either party considering the other a traitor.

Sustained employability in the 21st century economy is not loyalty to management, company, university, public agency or union.
Sarge Morgan

Mifflinburg, PA

#2 Jun 12, 2011 ...

Breaking NEWS!!!

With many leading Democrats calling for Anthony Weiner to resign over his controversial twittering of photos to young women, the New York Democrat's hopes that might hold onto his seat - even as he took a temporary leave of absence to receive professional treatment - may have dimmed, as more photos surfaced Sunday.

On Sunday published new photos it had obtained of Weiner took of himself using his Blackberry and a mirror.

CBS News has confirmed through Congressional sources that the backdrop of the pictures - which show Weiner shirtless, in a towel - is the House Members Gym, in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building. Pictures were taken on the gym floor and in the locker room.

TMZ says the pictures were forwarded to at least one woman.

On Saturday Weiner said he would take a leave of absence from Congress to seek help, but that has not satisfied many of his colleagues, who called for him to resign. Top Congressional Democrats, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, want Weiner to get help - but far from the Congress.

"Indefensible" is how Wasserman Schultz described Weiner's behavior.

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