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 -
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 -
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 -
Good Books about history and personages of the American Left from post Civil War to WW2? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon
on Feb 20, 2011 -
I'm looking for examples of media outlets and organisations which do quality labour and industrial relations reporting. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama
on Nov 14, 2010 -
What should I know / do / bring to help me make it through the pain and exhaustion of giving birth? [more inside]
posted by kitcat
on Sep 6, 2010 -
In China, what (unique) challenges do the locals face in getting a good job? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Sep 16, 2007 -
What book argued that social democratic parties (like the British Labour Party) are inherently inclined to split into factions? I think the book was British, and I think it was written roughly mid-20th-century, and I think it argued that sectarian infighting was an inevitable outcome of the first principles of social democratic politics.
posted by stammer
on Nov 3, 2006 -