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  •  I work at a privately owned company... (25+ / 0-)

    ...and the owner takes home between 576 times what the low paid worker in the shop makes or 240 times what I make. Each year we get about a 1.5% raise. It doesn't matter how hard we work (I worked my ass off the first couple of years there, but now I only give a little over 40 hours a week). They get mad when you don't work massive amounts of overtime, but there isn't an incentive. In fact, I can tell their incentive tends to be, "You have a job."

    I also see this in job adverts while I job hunt for new work. "Applicant must be able to multi-task (Do the work of four people) and do what is necessary to get the job done (Massive unpaid overtime) and have a positive job outlook (Not call out the Mother fuckers on their immoral B.S.)."

    The beatings will continue until moral improves.

    Regulated capital serves the people, unregulated capital serves itself.

    by Alumbrados on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 12:30:20 PM PST

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    •  Amen! (8+ / 0-)

      Particularly the "multi-task" reference:

      "Applicant must be able to multi-task (Do the work of four people) and do what is necessary to get the job done (Massive unpaid overtime) and have a positive job outlook (Not call out the Mother fuckers on their immoral B.S.)."
      The qualifications are ridiculous for a lot of Good Jobs, particularly in the tech sector (or what remains of it, anyway). I always wonder why they cry the blues because they can't find people to fill their positions. Maybe if the qualifications listed in their damned help-wanted ads made some freakin' common sense, they'd get what they need! Someone pointed out the other day that it's not unusual to see tech ads specifying 2-5 years experience with a particular discipline or set of code spec that's only been around for several months. And you know what? I've seen that. Absolutely.

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 03:15:23 PM PST

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      •  Same here (2+ / 0-)
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        lunachickie, Alumbrados

        Those ads are almost always cover for meeting the letter of the H1-B visa laws:

        "We advertised the position, but couldn't find anyone with the qualifications, honest! The only person we could find is this college student from [other country with slave-level wages] whose student visa is about to expire after he has "interned" for us for the last 2 years. Can we get an H1-B for him, pretty please?"
        •  Yup (2+ / 0-)
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          radical simplicity, Alumbrados

          and they can rob the H1-B holder blind, because all they have to do is threaten them with loss of their visa.

          Not that it's not bad enough what they do to the natives--I'm just saying if you're here on any kind of visa and you get threatened with having it pulled and you have to go back where you came from, that's a huge incentive to shut up and take whatever they're dishing out.

          This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

          by lunachickie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:46:29 PM PST

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          •  Even worse (2+ / 0-)
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            lunachickie, Alumbrados

            They're often actually employed by front companies that hire them out on a contract basis and take a huge cut of what little they do get paid.

            The contracts they've signed with those companies require that they pay the company some ridiculous sum should one of the hiring companies try to bring them on as a full time employee. I had an employee discover this the hard way, when I hired him full time. He discovered that little bit of fine-print when my employer's legal department received a letter demanding we pay the person's former employer $10k for the privilege of having hired him. I was given two options: let him go, or get him to pay the money himself and present proof to our legal department that the payment settled all debts to the contract house.

            They are, essentially, indentured servants.

            •  Jesus... (1+ / 0-)
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              radical simplicity

              couldn't you let him go, and then hire him back? Oh, wait, he'd lose his visa status in the meantime, wouldn't he?

              This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

              by lunachickie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:53:02 PM PST

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              •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

                He ended up being deported, anyway, a few months later, due to a mass layoff at the company. If I'd known we were going to have the layoff, I wouldn't have brought him on full-time. It was a total nightmare. We kept in touch over the years, and he has muddled through it all and is doing well now, but man, what a ridiculous waste of time and talent.

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