“All I Need Is a Real Job”

"Everyone Only Wants Temps" | Mother Jones.

The future of all workers in the United States is exceedingly dim. Either you become a contractor or a temp, no matter what the job might be.

This is something most immigrants realize soon after getting here, no matter where they’re from. For them, the American Dream turns from being one of gaining full citizenship, to one of getting enough money to buy oneself a business back in the country of origin.

In the race to undo the gains earned by the union movements of the past two centuries, this country certainly tries to be Number 1.

I wanna move to Europe now

Europe Court Says Ill Workers Can Retake Vacations – NYTimes.com.

With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment, the ruling is a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established and legally protected labor practices that make it hard to put more people to work and revive sinking economies.

If you look at it from an American point of view then yes, the ruling is a mistake. As for myself, I think adding additional available sick days would do the job and it’d be a nice compromise between the employer and the employees.

(via The Daily What)

it’s screwed

Yendo a la Parada

I know I’m not the only to think this! The picture above is just so you can have an idea of how empty the city is around that time in the morning.

When the Congress of our northern neighbor decided to move up Daylight Saving time a month a lot of people got screwed, although it’s not as bad as some people have it since I don’t have to get up even earlier in the morning to cross over the border, like my in-laws have to do. Traffic to cross is hell at those hours.

Last year it wasn’t that bad since I was on the night shift. My regular hour to leave was at 0600 and it got changed to 0500. Now, because I’m in the morning shift, instead of signing in at 0600 I have to be there at 0500. Using public transportation at this time is rather problematic because at 0430 most drivers are just leaving their houses or their bases.

I don’t think my floor supervisor will like the idea of having me be late for a whole month until both countries’ schedules match up.

But then again it’s a good thing I don’t have to sign in at 0400 like the people whose usual sign in time is at 0500.