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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I’m a former academic who would like to focus on self-driven writing and creative projects, but I’m not ready for self-employment. I’d like to find a low-stress job that will leave time and energy for my creative work, but I have some health restrictions and complicating factors. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter
on Jul 7, 2010 -
In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
posted by coizero
on Feb 15, 2010 -
My father just won an arbitration hearing against his ex-employer. They were supposed to grant him retirement leave -- but they've found a way to force him to return to work. Help! [more inside]
posted by Julia F***ing Sugarbaker
on Sep 4, 2009 -
New York City and Boston both have standard work weeks of 35 hours. It's 9-5pm but your lunch is included in there. Texas, California, North Carolina have a standard work week of 40 hours, so it's 9-6 to accomodate your lunch hour. I realize that it has to do with your job somewhat, but it is overwhelmingly consistent (even blue/white collar, salaried/hourly). Why?
posted by unknowncommand
on Sep 13, 2007 -
Can I collect unemployment because the owner abandoned his business and will not return phone calls or e-mails? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 25, 2007 -
I am looking for blogs written by low-wage, night-shift employees (such as convenience store clerks) who use their blogs to chronicle interesting experiences from their working lives. Any suggestions?
posted by jayder
on Mar 16, 2006 -
What's it like working at a Super Target? There's one opening here in town. I understand they offer some decent benefits. How's the work environment? Would you recommend it?
posted by wsg
on May 23, 2005 -
From when and where does the idea of having a 'weekend' come? Who first decided that two days out of seven should be kept work-free (for most working people)?
posted by humuhumu
on Nov 13, 2004 -
If a union
challenges your previously non-union position and wins, now making your job the only union position in the immediate office, what can you do about it? Can you really be forced to work a union position if that's not how the job was presented to you 4 years ago when you took it?
posted by nramsey
on Dec 9, 2003 -