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Gettin fired for the dole

How common is it for American workers to deliberately get fired in order to collect on unemployment insurance?
posted by willie11 on Jul 23, 2014 - 21 answers

Childbirth. What's up with that?

Next in the string of Major Life Events: getting this kid out of me. I feel like most of the resources out there (including the classes I was looking to for advice) are pitched toward people who have already decided whether or not to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth, especially here in granola-land. I don't know; I want the baby out and safe, but I don't care about being SuperMom; I am pretty sure there's no reason to be in pain if I don't have to be. I just want to be able to get through it and be with my husband and baby. Thoughts, experiences, advice? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on May 14, 2014 - 56 answers

Identify this half remembered parable

I have a half remembered parable about the outcomes of automation of work, that is as stated, half remembered. I'd like to make that memory whole and know the source. [more inside]
posted by borkencode on May 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Need An Employment/Labor Lawyer in Los Angeles

I'd like either a specific recommendation, or a place to do a search, for an attorney that handles labor/employment/unpaid wages issues in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Chicago/UIC-filter: What food donations to send to UIC Strike HQ?

What kind of food donations can I send to the UIC faculty strike headquarters? [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels on Feb 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Where to find reliable people to perform small tasks?

A friend who had many contacts has passed away. Where can we find people willing to do work ranging from staining the deck to wrapping Christmas presents? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Feb 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Evolution of labor markets?

I'm looking for an essay I read a while ago on the evolution of labor markets in the face of increasing competition. It claimed that as competition for good candidates became more intense, there would be a progression in market structure through several stages: (1) open hiring, with companies differentiating themselves via wages and working conditions and eventually increased acceptance of exploding offers; (2) a system of internships to identify good candidates before they formally entered the job market (e.g., most good law students graduate with an offer in hand); and (3) a formalized match system like the national residency match program where all hospitals and students submit their preferences to be resolved simultaneously. It was a non-academic sort of essay, with no game theory or citations. It sounded like an intelligent amateur putting something up on a personal website. It may predate blogging. Hope me please?
posted by d. z. wang on Jan 30, 2014 - 0 answers

1700 engineers to go, please

What are the legal and economic factors making it possible for companies in North America to engage in mass layoffs and to then invite former employees to apply for jobs at this same company, perhaps on less favourable terms for the former employees? (Bombardier's announcment of laying off 1700 employees is a Canadian example.) My naïve notion is that free trade has something to do with it – is this analysis correct, and if so, would pulling back from globalization help protect employees when labour laws appear to fail? Interested in opinions as well as papers, blogs, essays and books that a lay person could understand.
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Red Raspberry leaf tea for a shorter labor -- did you drink it?

Should I drink raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester of pregnancy? Did you? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 17, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I get my husband to the hospital for our baby's delivery?

My husband's boss just told him that he won't be able to take time off for the delivery of our baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me plan my Mississippi vacation!

My husband and I will be in Vicksburg, MS over Labor Day weekend. Neither of us are from anywhere close to the area, but we want to plan an awesome weekend of road trip and adventure. Help! [more inside]
posted by oryelle on Aug 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Lowcarb or carb loading childbirth, gestational diabetes edition

Managing gestational diabetes fairly well by eating paleo/low carb and injecting insulin (tiny dose, rarely) when anticipating higher glucose levels. Now I read pregnant women should load carbs shortly before and during the childbirth itself. I'd like to avoid both a carb crash and hypoglycemia during delivery. I also worry about the baby being hypoglycemic if I have high glucose levels during delivery and I'm getting conflicting info (yes, danger v. no, too short a time to impact baby). So, what to eat leading up to and during delivery?
posted by meijusa on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Wobblies?

Why is the IWW known as the Wobblies?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 21, 2013 - 3 answers

How easy is parging over a cinderblock exterior wall?

The semi-exposed basement level of my house is ragged looking cinderblock. I would like to smooth it over with some kind of stucco or parging. Is this practical? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Manager fishing for extra hours?

Summary: Is it legal in New Mexico to require an employee to come into work early for training, and then deny that worker the overtime pay? [more inside]
posted by endotoxin on May 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Is it legal for a job to not allow employees to take breaks?

I work in a house that has been designated as a group home for 5 disabled adults. The program/company is funded for by the state. I am an hourly employee who works a full 40 hours (plus up to 10-15 hours of overtime @ time and a half many weeks). My checks include deductions in all the proper taxes and stuff that any job would withdraw from. It's a full on legit job. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on May 9, 2013 - 37 answers

The women's movement and labor

I was watching the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America and I was struck by the section discussing some of the failures (or missed potential) of the women's movement from the labor perspective. What is the relationship between the women's movement and labor today, and what was the historical cause of the disconnect? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Jesus thinks you should compensate us fairly!

My employer requires me to travel to a meeting 20 miles away once a week. They do not pay gas or mileage for this and as of today, are refusing to compensate for travel time as well. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Mar 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Greek Translation: "Solidarity with Greek Workers"

How would you write "Solidarity with Greek Workers" in modern idiomatic greek? For context: this is for a left-wing march banner.
posted by phrontist on Mar 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me learn more about the labor and leftist movements via audio

I'd like to learn more about the history of the left, particularly the far left, particularly as it relates to me, a late-20's north american male. I'd love to learn more about the left, labor, unions, communism, socialism, labor laws, etc., particularly in what factors and machinations gave and took away rights and freedoms. Here's the kicker - I'm really, really hoping to find them in audio format so I can learn while I exercise. Audiobooks, podcasts, lectures, etc. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Songs of the Labor Movement

For Camp NaNoWriMo, I am planning a sci-fi book in which labor politics play a significant role in the plot. I'd like to listen to music associated with the historical labor movement while I'm planning and writing. I only speak English, but will listen in any language. What have you got for me?
posted by gauche on Mar 7, 2013 - 42 answers

What harvests hire temporary/seasonal labor in the US?

I know about the sugar beet harvest in North Dakota and the blueberry harvest in Maine, but what other harvests hire a bunch of people for a short time, and often become a mecca for travelers looking to make a quick buck? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Mar 3, 2013 - 19 answers

Ideas for Productive Workouts

I do not like working out for the sake of working out. But I do love working hard and vigorously if it means I am being productive and getting something done. Can you help me come up with ideas of working hard and having a tangible result at the end? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

What do you wish you'd brought to the hospital when labor started?

My wife and I have our hospital bags packed, ready to take with us when we're heading to the hospital to have the baby. We've got the various odds and ends like a change of clothes, toiletries, chapstick, devices & chargers, camera, etc. If you've done this before, what do you wish you'd brought (or what did you make sure you brought the second time)?
posted by davebug on Jan 8, 2013 - 68 answers

NYC bars/restaurants that don't pay their workers via tips?

Are there any restaurants or bars in NYC that pay their workers with proper, decent wages, rather than with tips? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jan 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Work to get in, work to get out.

Labor of death much like the labor of being born? [more inside]
posted by itsacover on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I expect a post-partum sex drought?

Very specific question about sex after childbirth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 10 answers

It sounds like my sister's twins aren't going to make it. Now what?

Family drama: what should we be doing? This was me. Last night, my pregnant-with-twins sister went to the ER with bleeding and what felt like early contractions. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 2, 2012 - 38 answers

NY Labor Law Prior to 2011

Where can I find a copy of the New York State Labor Law that was in effect prior to January 2011, specifically as is it pertains to hospitality workers and wage payments? This law was amended in 2011 and I need to see what it was changed from. If I can find this online, that would be great.
posted by mbx on Nov 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Why do some types of people tend to work in certain types of places?

Why do I so rarely see first-generation Chinese immigrants working in ethnically diverse businesses, while I so often see Latino immigrants working in just about every type of business? One thousand qualifiers and anecdata inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 17, 2012 - 25 answers

24 weeks pregnant facing bedrest!

24 weeks pregnant, facing bedrest and woefully underprepared for the birth of this surprise baby. FMLA, bedrest and c-section questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 24 answers

Inducing labor using Cytotec

My wife will likely have labor induced in the first part of next week. Her doctor is talking about using Cytotec (Misoprostol). There are some troubling reports about possible uterine hyperstimulation from the use of Cytotec, but there are also valid reasons to use it. As we try to make a decision about how to proceed, what factors should we be considering (about the med choice or about induction in general)? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jul 20, 2012 - 26 answers

At least she knows she doesn't want to be a farmer...

How does someone used to constant mental work adjust to the drudgery of manual labor? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 15, 2012 - 27 answers

No, I do not want to "hack my baby".

Dads of MeFi- what do you wish you had been told before your wife/partner went into labor? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Jul 13, 2012 - 66 answers

Seeking evidence of Forever 21's overseas sweatshops

Are there any documented accounts of Forever 21 using sweatshop labor overseas? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Jun 26, 2012 - 1 answer

Pros and Cons of Unions?

How do the pros and cons of labor unions really add up? [more inside]
posted by Fists O'Fury on May 6, 2012 - 37 answers

Is my case eligible for a Labor Board panel review?

I was eligible for a sizable bonus on February 1, 2012, the one year anniversary date of my start date. The offer letter said I'd get an email listing the criteria on which the bonus would be based by the end of February 2011. I never got the email. Requests for the criteria went unanswered. So have emails and phone calls since November. Is this something I could present to a Labor Relations panel for resolution? I have tons of qualitative and quantitative data on the work I've performed, essentially in a vacuum. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on May 5, 2012 - 13 answers

To push or not to push?

YANMP (perinatologist) and I will call them but first can someone describe what back labor feels like? [more inside]
posted by ramix on Apr 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Castor oil for labor induction

Can anyone weigh in on the best way to ingest castor oil to kickstart labor? [more inside]
posted by rubyeyo on Apr 8, 2012 - 28 answers

What are the arguments against trade union influence in Australian politics?

Could someone please explain to me the arguments against and counter-arguments for the role of unions in the Australian Labor Party? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Towards a more perfect union.

Tell me about companies that encouraged or directed employees to form a guild or union from the beginning. What did they do, why did they do it, how was it received and how did it work out? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for metaphorical images to divert attention during childbirth

Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Feb 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Which FLSA exemption do I choose?

Calling all labor lawyers, even though YANML: if you can classify an employee under two overtime-exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which one controls? For instance, my organization has employees that satisfy one or more categories: 1. Highly Compensated Employees 2. Computer professionals 3. Professional exemption If I classify them as Computer Professionals, they also have to meet the California Labor Code Section 515.5. If they do not qualify under 515.5, specifically the salary requirement and/or high-level engineer requirement, is it possible to just classify them as exempt under the Professional Exemption standard, which is only two times the current minimum wage in California? Thanks.
posted by dhn on Jan 31, 2012 - 7 answers

How much labor in Cloisonné vase?

How many hours of labor do you estimate it takes to produce a high-quality Chinese cloisonne vase, 12 inches tall? A couple of these vases are owned by the school that I teach at, and I would love to be able to tell my students a ballpark figure of how much effort goes into producing these luxury goods--from making the metal base, to adding wire lines, to filling it with enamel, to firing, to final polishing. Our vases are polished to a high gloss, and they have an intricate geometric pattern in the background. There is no area in the background with a gap of more than 2 mm. The foreground consists of well-rendered flowers and foliage. Any thoughts about such objects would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Too bad the stork's a myth

Babyfilter: If you could get a re-do on your labor and delivery, what would you do differently? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Nov 23, 2011 - 48 answers

What is the best iOS app for timing and recording data related to contractions in childbirth?

There are a lot of iOS apps for timing contractions. The reviews are all over the place. Most of the apps do not seem to time the contractions from the beginning of one to the beginning of the next one, which seems to be the preferred data point for medical purposes. Other apps have other annoying features and problems. Which app did you use and how did it work?
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Nov 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Now Jimmy Hoffa was buried or something? Was that it?

What is the best one stop book for the history of the American labor and union movement? Extra bonus points for a legal perspective. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Potential jobs in London?

UK (and especially London) folks, where should a returning US labor union staffer work in the UK? I’ll be returning to London (location non-negotiable) early next year after almost ten years in the US. I left the UK soon after I graduated (I’ve never held a career job there), and I’ve worked as a labor union staffer in the US, working my way up to positions with a good deal of strategic and management responsibility, but I'm absolutely open to a change... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Oct 10, 2011 - 7 answers

What can 250,000 people do in their spare time to earn money?

What's the best way to help 250,000 unskilled, decentralized workers on a flexible part-time basis earn money at home in their spare time? Solutions should be a) legal, b) scalable, c) easy to learn/implement. [more inside]
posted by KiddAnnica on Sep 21, 2011 - 32 answers

C'mon, baby! Don't say maybe!

This is not my first baby. I am close to one week past my due date. No signs of labor. First, tell me how to survive because my first baby was here by now and I just cannot do this much longer. Second, why haven't I gone into labor yet and what if I don't? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 - 28 answers

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