Question The Trucker Convoy in Ottawa, Canada raised $6 million to protest against vaccines mandates but why aren't they willing to do this for a livable wage, affordable housing, comprehensive healthcare, free post-secondary education or anything that would benefit the lives of working-class Canadians?
As an early bird, it has always bothered me that my co-workers seem to be praised for their “stay-late” attitude. They usually don’t arrive at the office until around 9am, so honestly staying until 6 or 7 isn’t really even outside of their 8 hours most days. On the other hand I arrive most days around 6:30 or 7, and leave around 3:30. Even on days where I have something urgent that keeps me “late” it’s only ever until maybe 4:30. I put in as much time as everyone else, I just so happen to be the only person on my team that wakes up early.
It feels like leaving 3-4 hours before anyone else does maybe inhibit my career growth, or make it seem like I’m lazy. But there’s no difference in the amount of time and effort I’m putting in. Anyone else experienced this in their work environment? The people who are willing to give up their entire afternoon and evening seem to get praised for their work ethic, but the people who sacrifice sleeping in and their warm bed before the sun even rises are barely acknowledged.
She was born into poverty (they sometimes went hungry) in the UK. She immigrated in the late 70s to Canada with my Dad.
In her life:
- She went from destitute to middle class
- Got free vocational training as a nurse and got a speciality training within that field
- Bought a house with my Dad when she was 27.
- Was never ever out of work. I realize being a nurse, rather than the era was probably the main reason why
- Got divorced, bought a 3-bedroom house as a single parent when she was 36. (There was no equity from the other house, my Dad went bankrupt)
- Work was always unionized with full benefits and pension
- Didn't even think about planning for retirement until her late 50s. Was pleased to discover that she had a great pension (as well as a government one too) and hey all good, she'll be fine.
She could have made some different choices and been in an even better place, but for someone who really didn't get financially literate until later in life, she's done pretty well considering where she came from.
She drives me nuts though. Insists it was all hard work AND NOT ALSO circumstance. She's a typical boomer who doesn't get it. I've tried explaining to her that someone born 30, 40 and 50 years later from the same background (and taking the same professional path) can't and won't end up in the same spot she did.
She then says every generation has their challenges.
Can you ever get through to them? Has anyone managed to?
Thankfully my Dad born in 1941 sees it. He knows how his children and grandchildren haven't had the same advantages he did and that things just seem to get worse with each passing year.
Just curious after the 'I am 21 and long term unemployed' post.
How old are you all?
The name of this sub makes me concered that this movement is going to become "what if we made capitalism but really good?" and is going to become a series of half measures while ignoring root cause for the problems of labour being the capitalist structure we live under and we should be working to remove that.
I make $56,000 per year. By most standards, that's a pretty good salary. But let's break it down.
My bi-monthly pay of about $2,333 becomes about $1428 once you subtract for taxes, insurance, 401k, etc.
My monthly rent is $1550. Electric is about $200; water is another $100. Phone service and top-of-the-line internet to support my endless Zoom meetings, that's about $400 combined there.
I live in a standard American city with no public transportation system. So we add $250 for my car payment another $150 for my insurance.
Current expenses, without my student loans or credit card debt =$2650
Current take-home? $2856
I have a whopping $206 leftover.
I did everything I was supposed to do. I studied hard, went to college, and avoided debt. And even at a salary that most people do not get to enjoy, there is absolutely no way for me to survive without taking on a second job.
How the fuck does someone on minimum wage even do this? And by "this," I mean "be alive."
Finally gave up on antiwork they need to change their name to antiboomer. Hope this sub welcomes all who want to change the face of the work world.
Question Millennials can’t afford homes. Millennials can’t afford to raise children. We see articles dumbfounded that millennials aren’t having children. Where do corporations and our governments think the next workforce is going to come from?
This along with closing loopholes where employers can claim that they "had a bad year and can't give raises" but award themselves and shareholders bonuses.
Pre 2021, I would see all of these types of stories. A company being shitty, and cutting workers when they've been making even more. Or the nightmare Karen store manager. I've known about the whole "companies don't reward loyalty, so don't give it back" for well over 20 years now.
Everything that I've seen in this (and previously in antiwork), absolutely none of it is new themes or way to fuck people over that I hadn't already seen. But holy hell the frequency. It just seems like since the start of 2021, the amount of shit has gone up 10x. Did something we're not seeing kick this off? Or is it just a matter of us finally talking about it collectively, that's showing me that this isn't like 20% of employers, but like 80% of employers are inhumane?
If we want actual, actionable change in our work lives, then our goals need to be quantitative in nature. Telling someone we want "less working hours" is great and all, but no one can act on it. Telling someone we need "better working conditions" is a good start, but it is an empty request that won't be fulfilled. I think it's important that this sub develops goals that are both quantifiable and actionable with the end goal of changing the culture of work in America.
Part 1: The New Standard Number of Hours in a week
Let's start with the number of hours one should be expected to work in a standard work week. IOW, how long should a standard work week be? Currently it is 40 hours/week, which we believe is too much. So what is our magic number? What is the number that will make almost all of us happy?
I am here to pitch to all of you that 30 hours/week should be the new standard work week. In addition to the reduction of time committed to your job each week, employers can be more flexible with how they schedule hours in a typical week. If a company wanted to keep a 5 day work schedule, then our hours would be cut to 6 hours/day. But companies could also schedule 30 hours of work Monday-Thursday (7-8 hours/day) if they wanted to try a 4 day work week.
I hope to hear everyone's thoughts on what they believe the standard work week should be. Your background and your experiences are significant to the change we want to see. I used to be a teacher and it's truly amazing how many teachers (and students) get burnt out during a school year. Ofc there are a billion of other things wrong with the system of education in America, but one can notice that a school's hours of operation correlate to the number of hours in a standard work week. But going back to my original point, my perspective is so one-dimensional. I don't have experience in construction or in fast food or in retail. I've never worked in a hospital. And while I don't have these experiences, WE do.
Lastly, not only do I hope this post generates discussion, but I hope we can slowly start to update the core beliefs on this sub. I'd like to see (for example) "We demand the standard work week is reduced to 30 hours" instead of "we should work less".
I look forward to your comments. Whatever it is you do or wherever it is you live, you are important here and your contribution is valuable.
Just want to start off saying IDK if this is the best sub for this but I feel like this fits and I know I'm not the only one with this problem.
I've posted something similar to this question about two weeks ago in r/careerguidance and got no comments. I just feel so fucking lost as to what I'm supposed to do.
For some context I just graduated in December with a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a concentration of Management and I'm in the Southeastern United States. I just moved from where I went to school back into my parents home for the time being to save on rent until I get a job.
With the context out the way here's my issue... I've been applying for jobs on Indeed/LinkedIn/ZipRecruiter/Monster for roles such as administrative assistant, manager trainee programs, logistic coordinators/assistants, and business analyst roles. I've put in 150+ applications in the last month since I moved back (which I know isn't too many in the grand scheme of things) but now it's gotten to the point where I've applied for every entry level job with these roles in my area and have been denied for every one. I've had a few interviews that I thought went well but I guess not good enough. I'm not sure what to do next considering I've already applied for everything in my area other then to lie on my resume and say I've got at least a year in some kind of admin field and put down a friends phone number for a reference.
I know an issue is that I have no relevant experience for any of the jobs I'm applying to because all I had time to do in college is work shit restaurant jobs to get me through school to pay for rent. But I'm applying for ENTRY LEVEL jobs and no one wants to train. I did what I was told to do my entire life in go to school and you'll be fine but this past month has been really rough on me and I don't see anything changing anytime soon. I feel so fucking trapped.
A lot of people seem to be making suggestions at my resume so here's a scuffed version that I copied into paint to paint over my personal details. The formatting is fine on the doc file and fits onto two pages
I would also like to thank everyone for some of the advice given here even though this was mostly me just venting on this bullshit
Made some revisions to my resume to cut out the restaurant skills and focused more on training, management skills, people skills, etc as well as moving my education to the top
Why is this not included? Is there a real reason? Insurance agencies and corporate entities should not have any place in healthcare, and this healthcare should include vision and dental as they are just as intrinsic to health. Countries around the world provide for this for their citizens already, the only reason I can see this not being included is because it makes money hand over fist at the expense of the citizens health. Thoughts? Mods?
Simplistic phrasing, but in all serious doesn’t everyone understand the general concept that unionized employees make way more money at the sacrifice of like a few hundred bucks a year in union dues? Genuinely, what is the negative of unionizing?
If someone asked me for my political stance I would say socially conservative. I don’t like most Republicans and I strongly disagree with many Democrat policies due to my religious convictions. However, I do support better conditions for workers, especially in a nation with abundant resources. I believe maternity and paternity leave should be a given, that the minimum wage ought to be increased to an actual living wage, as well as most of the hopes people express on this sub.
I don’t know how to reasonably even vote for the changes that I think are just. Republicans don’t seem interested and voting Democratic would compromise my values. Not sure what to really even classify myself.
EDIT: Mixed reactions for sure due to my religious convictions. People seemed to misunderstand that just because I don’t agree with a lifestyle, doesn’t mean I don’t believe they are entitled to the same basic human rights as everyone else. Though I also want maybe 90% of the same goal as them, it’s simply not good enough because I don’t conform 100%.
If you can’t accept people like me laboring alongside you for radical workplace change, then I’m not sure you’ll be able to achieve much in the end. It’s not about compromising your convictions, as religious people have them too, it’s about unifying over a shared interest. Just like America did during the World Wars.
I usually buy the same items whenever I need to go to the grocery store to replenish the cupboards, and lately I’ve been noticing that the prices are getting outrageous. I walked through Target today and there were empty shelves, no workers, and the prices for food items are absolutely through the roof. 4 bags worth of groceries and a few cases of water rung me up to $100, and that was with me not picking up a few items because they simply didn’t have them (or know when they were expecting more to arrive).
I expected the food prices to go up with inflation rising, but this is absolutely fucking wild.
Is there really that bad of supply chain issues right now as well that they can’t even get cream cheese on the shelves.
This all doesn’t make any sense and honestly seems like a manufactured shortage. Anyone else noticing this?
I guess many are unsubbing and subbing here. I don't have any political affiliation or tendency. I like to observe social tendencies and trend. Just a question.
edit: rephrasing to sound less dumb.
Question Asking: Given the wealth of reports/whistle-blowing of multiple industries near collapse due to staffing and poor worker treatment, it seems more prudent to ask "what industry in the U.S. is NOT on the verge of failure?"
Teachers: awful pay, awful treatment and privatization driving teachers out and fewer and fewer coming up to replace them.
Medical Care: everyone from nurses to EMT's having pay cut, being worked to death and not properly protected from hazards, constantly under attack from a chunk of the citizens they serve, the pay and prestige has not kept up and the demands have people burning out.
Transportation: truckers pay down in the gutter, USPS hanging on by a thread with turnover above 70% in some states, massive back-logs in shipping and trucking, not enough new workers
Manufacturing: LOL the US doesn't do that anymore.
Food and Hospitality: salaried positions disappearing in favor of PT labor, worst wage theft of any industry and also lowest mean pay, vast resignations as workers look for literally anything else.
Agriculture: kept afloat entirely on the backs of subsidization and secretive price-fixing.
Journalism: what? huh?
So many major industries at a complete knife's edge. our foundations are shaken, our values lost, our future overshadowed with uncertainty and lacking direction. So I ask you, from a cynic who really wants to find some reasons to hope for our future, what industries are doing well? Is anyone doing it right? Is anything functioning as intended? Do we have a model for success to look to?