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Louisville Labor Blues, Despite EFCA

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An article in the New York Times focuses on an interesting battle between labor and management that’s gone on at a Louisville hospital for decades. On more than one occasion, pro-union nurses have come close to a successful organizing campaign, only to lose a close secret-ballot election. In light of the Obama administration’s support of the Employee Free Choice Act and Democrat gains in both houses of Congress, the pro-union forces thought that victory was near.

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Needed: Free Thinkers

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Well, there are free thinkers, and then there are free actors. Sometimes, you can’t separate one from the other, which can cause awkward moments in the workplace as the following video shows:

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Reverse Discrimination — Supreme Court

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Dan Schwartz reminds us that today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in one of the most important discrimination cases to come along in a while. Check out Dan’s summary and then wait with much anticipation for the Court’s decision. I’ll have a full report when that occurs.


Obamas’ New Dog and AEPA

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As we’ve all heard by now, the Obamas have a new “first dog,” Bo, a Portuguese water dog. Anytime a pet or other animal is in the news in such a big way, I always think it’s a good idea to review the Animal Employment Protection Act. I’m sure the Obamas would never violate the AEPA, but a quick reminder (below) is good for us all.

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Another Example of Layoff Alternatives

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I’ve blogged my heart out about how layoffs are a bad employment and business strategy. Occasionally, I’m encouraged to learn there are employers that agree with me, like the companies (mainly small businesses) I did a post on back in March. Another example was reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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Shaw on the Government

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Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw took on almost every institution in existence. The government was no exception, as the following quote (which seems quite relevant today) demonstrates:

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Hard Core Discipline: CIA Lessons

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Much has been made of the recent disclosure of detailed memos describing interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency against terrorist detainees, like keeping them awake for up to 11 straight days, placing them in a dark, cramped box, and putting insects into the box to exploit detainee fears. There was also forced nudity, slamming detainees into walls, and dousing detainees with cold water.

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The Real Problem with the Bailouts

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In a New York Times report about the ongoing inquiry into the New York State pension fund, what’s been bothering me about the federal bailout money finally became clear. The state pension fund contains $122 billion, and the investigation focuses on the use of one of the world’s largest pools of assets by pension fund officials to reward friends, pay back political favors, and reap millions of dollars in cash rewards for themselves. Simply put, when there’s that much money involved, people in positions of trust can’t be trusted.

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Tax, More Tax, and Tax Rant

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OK, I’m a week late with this, but Eclecticity’s contribution about taxes is better than any tea party and worth sharing. Save it for next year.


Global Economy, Global Workplace, and Global Gender Discrimination

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I’ve done my share of blogging about gender discrimination. (There are too many posts to link to here, but you can click “Danger Zone: Discrimination” under “Categories” and read away.) Though women still lag when it comes to C-Suite opportunities and pay equity, they have made considerable advances in the American workplace.

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Manage Means to Handle — Tip of the Week

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This week’s tip is courtesy of the sage advice given regularly by Execupundit’s Michael Wade. Read and think.


A Little Culture from CO

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Cultural Offering provides a wide variety of thoughts and things that add refinement to life. I’m a big fan of CO’s choice of music. Here’s something special for Friday night.


Delay of Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule

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The effective date of the e-verify rule applicable to federal contractors and subcontractors has again been delayed — until June 30, 2009. Check out Michael Moore for more on this development.


Death by Gun at Work

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On the heels of a post wondering if the economy could be causing the recent rash of shootings and mass murders, the Los Angeles Times reports that a pharmacy technician at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center came to work for his noon shift. He brought two handguns with him, hunted down his boss, the pharmacy manager, and the executive director of the hospital’s outpatient pharmacy, shot and killed them, and then took his own life.

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Cy-Fi Gets Scary

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I’m sure we have sci-fi fans out there. Science fiction movies run the gamut from funny to scary. There’s a lot of funny stuff in cyberspace, too. As previously noted (click here, here, here, here, here, and here), cy-fi is also pretty scary.

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