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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:11 PM

Disposable Workers -This needs to be addressed before any "recovery" can be claimed.

"Of the people fired who managed to get another job, a full 48% took a step down in position with 46% taking a job below their skill or education level. A whopping 54% reported their new job pays less. A third took over a 30% pay cut to get a new job. Another third got hit with a 11-30% cut in pay. That's economic devastation for millions of Americans, even while working. "

http://www.economicpopulist.com/content/fired-america

And I have two family members who, this month, lost their jobs through no fault of their own. One is young and has a better chance of finding something. He's an auto mechanic who was making $16.00 hr. but he's getting offers for minimum wage. The other one is 55 yrs. old and we're not optimistic for his prospects.

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Reply Disposable Workers -This needs to be addressed before any "recovery" can be claimed. (Original post)
canoeist52 Feb 2013 OP
Bluzmann57 Feb 2013 #1
antigop Feb 2013 #2
chervilant Feb 2013 #3
canoeist52 Feb 2013 #5
chervilant Feb 2013 #6
xchrom Feb 2013 #4

Response to canoeist52 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:15 PM

1. It's called lack of respect

All these employers say they need people with a certain skill level, which a lot of people have, and the companies simply will not pay employees with said skills. Lack of respect. They feel that an individual should be greatful to simply have a job.

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Response to canoeist52 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:27 PM

2. Stop. Outsourcing. Jobs. nt

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Response to canoeist52 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:09 PM

3. I was wrongfully terminated

the day before our agency's Christmas break. I am 57, and have been applying for everything I can think of. I have little hope. I've been un- or under-employed for the past five years, and have had to cash out my retirement accounts to get by.

The mendacious POS who fired me clearly enjoyed himself, and the "higher ups" will not address his actions--save putting my factual rebuttal in my permanent employee file. I am writing a blog about this, primarily to debrief and let go.

I have some resources and am planning to return to school. If I am unable to return to teaching, there's always a Kevorkian solution ...

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Response to chervilant (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:30 PM

5. You're not alone.

I had those feelings this week but now I'm just mad. The Kervorkian solution just let's the bastards win. Don't let them steal the Social Security money coming to you.

"We must all hang together, or surely, we will all hang separately!"

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Response to canoeist52 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 03:15 PM

6. My blog

addresses the fact that thousands of us are out of work (since 2007, there's been a 330% increase in unemployment among women 55-60 years old).

I don't cite my Kevorkian solution to elicit any kind of concern; it's simply one possible (and viable) resolution if things continue along this particular path.

That being said, I much appreciate your kind words and sage observations.

(Note that some DUers have given me hearts, which reminds me that others find me worth a read... for which I'm most thankful! )

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Response to canoeist52 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 01:14 PM

4. Du rec. Nt

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