Here is yet another stigma-laden, denial-inducing taboo topic in society and workplaces: domestic violence. And when we connect violence at home to effects on people as workers in the workplace, we get lots of crickets. So I’m happy to report that Western and the CLC are trying to turn on the flashlight to gather some […]
Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC.
We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local 213 have been living it.
This is the Christmas season. If you intend to buy anything IKEA-ish in Richmond, Coquitlam, elsewhere in Canada or around the world, spend some time finding another vendor then tweet or Facebook IKEA letting them know you’re part of the (Read more…)
Greed is a powerful thing. It motivates the greedy to convince workers that they should hate any efforts to make their work better and reduce the level of abuse and oppression they suffer. If you’d like a list of why they want us to hate our unions, click through to enjoy this brilliant cartoon. And […]
LONDON – Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end….
Platitudes and paternalism aside, the 21st century actually does belong to the young. And not that they’re OUR future, like an extension of us, but that we are stewarding the future for them. And we’re doing a pretty horrible job of it. But since we’re not idiots, we should be able to try on a […]
Have you ever noticed that adding people to “help” with a workload doesn’t seem to get it done faster? The more people working a task, the less they work. And this is something that scientists have known since the 1800s.
Graphic: employment outcomes for 10 disciplines
While I was waiting for the newest Munk Debate to show up on the site, I watched an old one. An excellent debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens on, of course, religion. There’s little I enjoy more than watching really intelligent thinkers go at each other with carefully and thoughtfully chosen words. The debate was run with opening statements, a series of 3-minute rebuttals, then closing statements. They understood and followed the rules, and they remained focused on the topic without a single barb directly at anything said outside of that arena.
So it was interesting to watch (Read more…)
Since roughly the end of the 70s productivity at workplaces has increased yet wages have stagnated (except for the top 1%) meaning that we are relatively worse off than before. All one has to do is look at the graph below to get the basic idea of this global issue.
With this in mind, it’s great to see economists calling for a reduced work week. In North America, a standard full-time week is 40 hours, and the economists are calling for a 30 hour work week.
The benefits of working less are huge for individuals as well as society as (Read more…)
There is a deeper reason for the war on drugs, which is the central reason for the policy, even outweighing profits from private prisons and seizure of property by law enforcement officers, both of which no doubt are also significant and strong motivations for keeping the “war on drugs” going. Nearly thirty years ago, Chomsky […]
GC and I marched in the Pride parade last weekend! First time for both of us. I was working there and GC volunteered to pitch in. It was a terrific event for people-watching. The people lining the streets to watch the parade were, I think, more entertaining than your average spectators. We were behind the [...]
Microsoft’s SkyDrive Pro is helpful for cloud-savvy businesses, but its 7GB of storage per person now seems restrictive next to improved offerings from rivals like Box. The company won’t let itself be outdone, however: it just bumped SkyDrive Pr…
Yes, Selena Gomez is a good singer, but is she a good rapper? The pop star kicked off her Stars Dance World Tour last night in Vancouver and just as she was finishing off her song B.E.A.T., Gomez jumps right into a badass rendition of Iggy Azalea’s song Work. Watch the video below and let [...]
Collaboration tools are nothing new, but they don’t always make it easy to find what you’re looking for: conversations, files and other resources may sit in entirely different places. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield wants to solve that throu…
Workplace justice: a pipe dream, or something to build solidarity to fight for?
I had the distinct, and creepy, pleasure of sitting in front of a group of fellows yesterday in, ironically, the cheap seats at the Seattle Mariners game. They were discussing business.
One fellow, who of course may have been speaking out of his butt, detailed a list of business exploits, while the other fellows basked in his glow:
Helping a fellow buy a company from someone later to do time for sideways business practices. That company making a tidy sum through that company from the US Treasury, (Read more…)
Stephen Elliott-Buckley echoes Bertrand Russell‘s idea of the 4-hour workday. Russell in brief:
Above all, there will be happiness and joy of life, instead of frayed nerves, weariness, and dyspepsia. The work exacted will be enough to make leisure delightful, but not enough to produce exhaustion. Since men [and women] will not be tired in their spare time, they will not demand only such amusements as are passive and vapid.
And many of us could do it easily but for our unbridled desire for more stuff. It’s an easy fix for many problems if those who need less money (Read more…)
Since the wind storm I have been faced with a 35 foot tree which was in danger of falling into my neighbor’s yard. When I require help I always phone my son Henry to give me a hand. This time I figured that we could take the tree down in sections and a…
It’s been about a year and a half since I touched this poor neglected blog. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to blog about. I just haven’t been able to find time. Between the boys, working, baking and curling (yep, I’m Canad…