For College Grads, Jobs Outlook Better but Far From Great

After a promising start earlier this year, US job growth slowed for a third month in April with just 115000 jobs added and the unemployment rate dipping slightly to 8.1 percent. Jeffrey Brown discusses the numbers and outlook for college grads with Brandeis University’s Catherine Mann and Drexel University’s Paul Harrington.

Disintegrating Democracy at Work: Labor Unions and the Future of Good Jobs in the Service Economy

Disintegrating Democracy at Work: Labor Unions and the Future of Good Jobs in the Service Economy

The shift from manufacturing- to service-based economies has often been accompanied by the expansion of low-wage and insecure employment. Many consider the effects of this shift inevitable. In Disintegrating Democracy at Work, Virginia Doellgast contends that high pay and good working conditions are possible even for marginal service jobs. This outcome, however, depends on strong unions and encompassing collective bargaining institutions, which are necessary to give workers a voice in the decisions that affect the design of their jobs and the distribution of productivity gains.

Doellgast’s conclusions are based on a comparative study of the changes that occurred in the organization of call center jobs in the United States and Germany following the liberalization of telecommunications markets. Based on survey data and interviews with workers, managers, and union representatives, she found that German managers more often took the “high road” than those in the United States, investing in skills and giving employees more control over their work. Doellgast traces the difference to stronger institutional supports for workplace democracy in Germany. However, these democratic structures were increasingly precarious, as managers in both countries used outsourcing strategies to move jobs to workplaces with lower pay and weaker or no union representation. Doellgast’s comparative findings show the importance of policy choices in closing off these escape routes, promoting broad access to good jobs in expanding service industries.


Wait..did Barack Obama seriously say he was going to PIVOT towards jobs yesterday at his press conference?

Question by Lady Laissez Faire: Wait..did Barack Obama seriously say he was going to PIVOT towards jobs yesterday at his press conference?
Obama Press conference, Dec. 22, 2010
“And I think we are past the crisis point in the economy, but we now have to pivot and focus on jobs and growth.”

November 2009: 11,000 jobs lost

• “President Obama announced Thursday that he would convene a jobs conference at the White House next month…The jobs forum in December will include business leaders, small-business owners, labor union leaders and others. It marks a pivot for Democrats as they head into next year’s midterm elections.” (The New York Times, 11/13/09)

• “After months in which his focus has been on a health care overhaul and foreign policy issues, President Obama will pivot later this week to the economy…” (New York Times, 11/30/09)

December 2009: 85,000 jobs lost

• “Obama promises to keep focus on job creation” (Associated Press, 12/4/09)

January 2010: 20,000 jobs lost

• “President Obama pivots to jobs as key theme.” (Politico, 1/8/10)

• President Obama: “What they can expect from this administration, and I know what they can expect from you, is that we are going to have a sustained and relentless focus over the next several months on accelerating the pace of job creation, because that’s priority number one.” (Remarks to House Democrats, 1/14/10)

• ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper: “Every week we’re told that there’s going to be a hard pivot to talk about jobs, and then every week something else happens.” (Fox Business Network, “Imus in the Morning,” 2/17/10)

February 2010: 36,000 jobs lost

• “An embattled President Obama will focus on jobs and small businesses at a New Hampshire town meeting today meant to reconnect with angry middle-class voters… The Nashua event ‘is part of the post-Massachusetts plan to recalibrate Obama’s focus,’ said Larry Sabato, director of the center for politics at the University of Virginia. ‘They’re trying to pivot him away from health care and towards jobs.’” (Boston Herald, 2/2/10)

• CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux: “Well, Kiran, certainly what’s at stake, you mentioned this is really the finish line for the president. This is his top domestic priority and he’s been trying to get this — move the ball forward for a whole year now. He would like to pivot to focusing on jobs.” (CNN, 3/8/10)

Best answer:

Answer by they see me TROLLin’ in my TROLLey
he has created more private sector jobs in 2010 alone then bush created in 8 years of office.

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Western Virginia Jobs…?

Question by : Western Virginia Jobs…?

Best answer:

Answer by CuriousCatt
Try Slurry Pavers inc.

If you have Class A CDL’s you could find all sorts of driving jobs from KY to VA.

Good luck.

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027/365 – Rest In Peace Steve Jobs!

027/365 – Rest In Peace Steve Jobs!
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Pictured in this photograph is the guts of my retired PowerPC, my dead iPod, and my even deader iPhone 3GS. Steve Jobs touched the world, and Apple changed the way people worked and played. Back in the early 2000s, around 2002, I was a diehard Microsoft Windows fanboy. I was brainwashed like all the other windows-heads, and I thought Apple would go out of business one day soon. I had been working in the Information Technology for years and everything I touched and trained on had Windows seal of approval from Bill Gates on it. At a company I worked at in Virginia, a software engineer at my job was selling some old Apple hardware to make way for the new Apple PowerPC that was coming out. Being the geek that I am, I can not say no to a new toy to play with so I purchased one of the used PowerPCs that was for sell. Within 2 weeks of using the PowerPC, I was hooked on OS X and I’ve never looked back. Resistance was futile, I had been assimilated into the Apple OS X collective. I could now relate to how Captain Picard felt when he became a Borg. I lost my way for a while once Apple declared that they were switching to the Intel processor. The Intel switch caused me to look for another alternative which eventually led me to Ubuntu Linux. After several years of using Linux as my main OS (operating systems for non-geeks), I’m planning the switch back to OS X because it simply works and does exactly what I need. Mr. Jobs will be missed, but his legacy will live on. The world is more open to totally trusting "the cloud" with its most personal data. And there are generations of kids who will never know the joys of owning a Sony Walkman. Thank you Apple, and as the Vulcans say, live long and prosper!

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