May. 4th, 2014 04:27 pm

The Monstration is the postmodernist removal of all meaning from May Day demonstrations, replacing a workers' holiday with a faux-protest having a carnival atmosphere.

McDonalds in Canada was found to ignore local job applicants in favor of importing foreign workers, pay the foreigners more than veteran local workers, and bill the workers above-market rates for their company-assigned housing. And of course they fired the foreign worker who blew the whistle on the arrangement.

According to the second story, the Actyl Group charges McDonald's corporate $2,000 per worker for everyone they imported, and these hiring practices are seen countrywide.

Zero Tolerance nabbed a high school science teacher for allowing science projects into a science fair.

There may also be another reason:

Schiller, 43, also was the teachers union representative on the campus and had been dealing with disagreements with administrators over updating the employment agreement under which the faculty works.

via Soy.


Apr. 10th, 2014 10:36 pm

A local government has declared that I don't have the minimum qualifications to be an entry-level database administrator. That should surprise everyone I've worked for in the past ten years including a different branch of said same local government where I ran/was a database migration project, designed the database tables, and custom-compiled the database software. The job description is deleted so I can't go back to it and see what their specific minimum qualifications were. This must be how they get around civil service rules to give jobs to their friends.

[EDIT] Hey, they read my blog. Or it was a clerical error.

On April 10, 2014, you received an e-mail stating you did not meet the minimum qualifications for the position of Database Administrator. This notice was sent in error. We expect to send your ranking/standing notice by next week.

And I forgot Hanlon's Razor.

Via a recent job ad, companies are starting to demand "high-touch delivery". Maybe they want to hire Bob Filner. I hear he's looking for a job, and he could use some work too. These guys trace the term back to John Naisbit's 1982 book Megatrends, and more recently it was in the title of Naisbit's 1999 book High Tech / High Touch so it's all his fault. The term seems to have gained currency in hospital patient care where it makes some kind of sense and then within the past couple of years infected Cisco in some sort of top-down fashion with documentation and job descriptions rewritten to include the term "high-touch" as if people were ordered to say it. So Cisco's physical hardware products now offer "high-touch" capability, and we know that the the people who wrote the job ad got their Cisco training very recently.

The job ad is even more snarkworthy. They want the guy who built the server room and wrote the IP stack for a help desk position. In this economy, they'll probably find several candidates.

Banks and employers have found a new way to fuck over workers: You have to pay a fee to receive your wages. Some employers are getting kickbacks from the arrangement, so they are literally skimming from their workers' paychecks. I'm surprised no one has gone to jail for this yet.
Backstory: The nurses at Kaiser Hospital are demanding that Kaiser hire more nurses, claiming that they are too overworked to do their jobs safely and are making too many mistakes due to fatigue. One would think that might be an important consideration at a hospital, especially with lawsuit insurance costs going up.

I've heard from a trustworthy source that Kaiser is now robodialing its past patients with anti-union propaganda.
From case 4304113 decided by Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey P. Holl of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, San Francisco Office of Appeals:

In this instance, the claimant refused to accept an offer of employment because it would mean waiving his rights to access the courts to resolve any dispute with his employer. The claimant's access to the courts is a constitutionally guaranteed right as a citizen of the United States. While arbitration clauses may not be objectionable to many United States citizens, it cannot be considered unreasonable that a citizen of the United States should demand that his rights to access to the courts to resolve any dispute should be considered unreasonable. Thus, under the circumstances, it is held that the claimant has shown good cause to reject the subject offer of employment based upon his constitutional rights as a citizen of the United States.

Let's hope this is a good start.
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