Since the UK elections last week, I've realized that I only really know the surface of British politics. It seems like a worthwhile thing to get deeper into, but recent events have rendered non-party sources rather...breathless, and official sources never actually talk about what they do or plan on doing directly. So, I turn to you all - where can I read good, in-depth information on the agenda of the major UK political parties?
(also known as cervical ripening balloon) Curious about other's experience with the balloon procedure? How painful or how much discomfort did you feel? [more inside]
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.
I am a 31 year old woman and newly married. I have a kick ass husband who also came with a kick ass stepson that I love to death and with whom I have a great relationship. I have no desire to have a bio-kid, especially now that I have a step son. I have had many comments from people about how I am going to change my mind about not wanting more kids, a lot of “Uh huh…” comments with ‘knowing’ smug smiles, sort of like when a 6 year old boy says that he will never ever kiss a girl, eww that is gross. Are they likely right, or are they being assholes? How do I deal with this? [more inside]
My wife is 20 weeks pregnant - we conceived via IVF. We went for an ultrasound scan the other day and afterwards spoke to a consultant. She told us that because of the IVF, she recommended that labour should be induced if the baby hadn't come by 40 weeks. We'd much rather have a home birth, which wouldn't be possible with an induction. When we asked about the risks of waiting longer than 40 weeks, the doctor didn't give us much information - it felt like she was just fobbing us off. Can anyone give us pointers to studies or other info that will give us a better understanding of the risks of waiting for spontaneous labour? [more inside]
I would like to donate money to an international labour rights group on an ongoing basis, but I'm having a hard time picking one. Charity Navigator has been of little help. I've looked at International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, No Sweat, and Fair Wear Foundation. Do you know if one of these groups is more effective or better-run than the others? Do you have suggestions for other groups I might consider? Charities I should stay away from? [more inside]
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?
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]
I gave two weeks' notice at my work last Friday after over two years of committed service. The next day I received a phone call from my boss telling me I wouldn't be needed. I am paid by the hour and had these two coming weeks factored into my budget. I need the income to pay my bills. I live in Ontario and I wonder what I'm owed, if anything. [more inside]
Why have the Lib-Dems completely crashed in the polls, to the benefit of Labour, yet the Conservatives have hardly been scratched? Any links to informed and insightful commentary explaining why the Lib-Dems are wearing the opprobrium for the UK austerity program would be appreciated.
How can I support a friend who had a horrific first childbirth experience, and is now facing her second? [more inside]
Good Books about history and personages of the American Left from post Civil War to WW2? [more inside]
Looking for a reputable labour lawyer in Vancouver BC to help with disability case. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of media outlets and organisations which do quality labour and industrial relations reporting. [more inside]
So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
I'm looking for good books (or movies, poems, plays, songs, etc.) that have to do with work - any and all kinds of workplaces and kinds of labour. Work doesn't have to be the exclusive concern, but it should be an important part. [more inside]
What should I know / do / bring to help me make it through the pain and exhaustion of giving birth? [more inside]
I'm 33 weeks pregnant and my interstitial cystitis (painful bladder) flared up about 3 weeks ago. I don't expect it to subside until the pregnancy's over. I can feel the pain intensify during my Braxton Hicks contractions. Does this mean that my bladder will likely hurt a lot more when I'm in labour? Can any ladies who have gone through labour and have an IC diagnosis comment on this? [more inside]
Is a 45 hour workweek BEFORE overtime legal? [more inside]
Who leaked the Downing Street "smear scandal"? [more inside]
I've been asked to babysit a woman who is 9 months pregnant tonight. What do I do if she goes into labour? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: If starting wage for unskilled heavy labour was $13/hr. What would one ask for (in wages) if they were asked to provide a wage for themselves for skilled and experienced heavy labour? [more inside]
In China, what (unique) challenges do the locals face in getting a good job? [more inside]
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.
What are the comparative participation rates of workers in sex-related industries country to country? [more inside]
What is the connection, if any, between britpop and New Labour?