Joke of the Day
A big company offered $50 for each money-saving idea submitted by its employees. The first prize went to the employee who suggested the award be cut to $25.
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!
I was feeling sick this day. When you live in a hotel room, it's hard to cook soup. Some cuppa noodles heated up in the microwave really felt good on my throat though and a couple bananas for filler don't hurt either.
My partner Mauricio and I ran into some guys from frontline concrete. Mauricio picked up the tools and started helping them while I talked to the boss. They were doing a good job in Salt Lake City.
Building Trade Union Update
Does your boss pay for your healthcare?
Does the company pay into a retirement fund for you?
These are really good questions that you should be asking yourself. What happens if someone in my family gets hurt? How my going to pay for it? There's another good question, how much is my boss charging for me per hour to his clients? Chances are he is charging enough to be able to pay for health and welfare and benefits for you but he doesn't. Your boss is in competition with many other contractors for the same work. Their bids are usually very close. So what happens when your boss bids against a contractor who does pay benefits for his employees? Even if his bill is lower it's not that much lower. Where does the rest of the money go?
In the United States we have a fundamental problem. Companies used to pay for healthcare and pension benefits for their employees but they have stopped doing so in order to have a lower bid. They think this is fine but you are stuck with no benefits and no pension. One last question for you and for your employer, when all of the workers with no healthcare and no pension are ready to retire who is going to pay for them when they get sick or when they can't work? The answer, the taxpayer. So with all of their conservative leaning's, the public will be stuck with the bill in the long run anyway, so why not run a business model where healthcare and pension are offered.
If you're interested in working for a company that does offer health care and pension and good wages get in touch with me. Darren
Darren is a union organizer in the southwest United States who believes that workers should be represented as a group in order to be able to live a better lifestyle.