Labor Day. The last weekend of barbecues, trips, meals, and the United States adding more girth to the average midsections of the masses. Consumption of gasoline (taxed), visits in hotels (taxed), amusement park foibles and entertainment (blowing the DI, or Disposable Income…also taxed). Yes, an incredible fun-filled memory complete with pictures, video via the happy camera, and outings.
One day a year to “celebrate” Labor Day…prior to the following week…when the corporations “trim” their labor hours and scale back all of the hours of their permanent hourly employees.
A celebration of Labor Day…and then it’s time to cut all of the hours and screw the employees (already at barely slave/subsistence wages), in preparation for fiscal and calendar years. Fiscal Year, starting in October, when the company figures all of its annual profits and losses, and prepares for the most crucial, sacred time of all: the last business quarter of the year. Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day marks the “shift,” and the (business) end of the summer…the final point of where everything begins to slow down: permanent hiring, raises, and the slicing of labor hours, in preparation for closing out “strong” in the last quarter. Temporary hires go on the rise. You’ll see it in every big-box and “cookie cutter” (franchise) establishment and grocery store.
The full-time employees who have been barely scraping by have their 30 to 35 hours per week cut down by at least 25%, and most of them 50%. Then the store hires seasonal/temporary employees to carry them over through the fourth quarter. The employee who has been working at the grocery store in a particular “department” for 5 or more years is then at 20 to 25 hours per week. Five employees such as that, and the labor hour “shortage” for the firm would be about 15 hours times 5, or 75 hours.
But if each of these permanent employees makes about $10.00 per hour? Their hours are “replaced” by seasonal/temporary employees…mostly high school or college kids, to make minimum wage. Also, the hours are split into, say, 4-hour shifts. This ensures they’re part-time, minimum wage, at-will employees signing statements that it’s temporary and not full-time work…for a specified period. The Happy Grocery Store then avoids paying unemployment after they leave.
The wages are also written off as a labor expense, but lower (by at least $3.00 per labor hour) than would have been paid to the permanent employees. The lowered wages assure the continuance of expenses to offset income for taxes, yet stanch the outflow of cash normally spent on permanent employees. Because of the “Holiday Months” of the last quarter, an army of temporary employees are hired, and terminated just before the New Year so there’s no carryover on withholding into the next calendar year.
Meanwhile, the permanent employees can either “suck razorblades” for the months this takes place…Happy Holiday time ends after Valentine’s Day…or they can leave. The ones that stay are forced to make up for the shortage by finding another job…in a time of the year when hiring is on the wane, if not stopped entirely. The Happy Grocery Store also frowns in a very mean manner because their permanent serfs are trying to find other employment. The Happy Store caused the shortfall, and they expect their permanent employee to just have their hours (and wages) cut by a quarter to one half…and just smile fawningly. They expect contentment, obedience, and absolute availability. “Flexible schedule” means only one thing: you bend, at the will of the employer, when needed, and in the direction he pushes.
The only ones immune to this are department heads, store managers, and the rarely seen (district managers) or never seen (VP’s and higher). The rarely seen smilingly visit and lay out policy for their vassal-administrators: the store managers for the fief. The hours and policies are set, and the store managers and lower (it flows downhill) carry out (enforce) the policies.
These store managers and department heads and supervisors must make these cuts in order to maintain their own hours and also to receive bonuses (usually tabulated just before the end of the Calendar year), swathed in the heartwarming trappings of Christmas bonuses for the managers. They’ll flip the permanent employees who have stayed a $20 gift card (usable in the store, of course) and some “Gaines burgers” such as a free turkey or ham. This is supposed to suffice for a bandage on an arterial bleed for the employee, who is supposed to thank the manager, perhaps even genuflecting and kissing the cloak while doing so.
Small recompense after management has just raped the employee financially out of half the hours and wages, a seasonal purgatory that will last until the second week of February.
As the corporation rakes in the money, and even writes off the “gift cards,” and the bonuses for the management-henchmen.
See it for what it is, but understand: acceptance and complacency have enabled the corporations and their oligarch directors and owners to blossom into a many-headed hydra, in bed with the taxing authorities, government, and law enforcement gendarmes…all of which in unison perpetuate the misery and preserve the existing established order.
The opposite of Communism is not Capitalism, a system that eventually denigrates into a form of slavery with the “trappings” of freedom and free choice, but really translates into each corporation being a “fief.” Laws and policies that crush the worker into a paycheck-to-paycheck type of existence protect each fief. Workers are taxed continually and under continuous surveillance and regulation by the government. No real recourse is provided for the employee, and as the corporation has a greater infusion of taxes into the system, its side is “championed” over the lowly employee’s position.
The opposite of Communism is a Free-Market economy, unregulated and unfettered by a government with politicians who consider themselves the new “landed gentry” and royalty without titles…living off of the fat of the land, and the produce of the serfs, and the taxes by the corporations. We have never experienced a truly unregulated Free-Market economy, where everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labors and actually have a chance. To leave your heirs a million, you have to have 2 million…so that you can pay the Happy Government a million in death taxes.
Labor Day…another BS day to dull the public consciousness in the “bread and circus” manner, and distract them from what is happening. The government eats half of the cookie flipped to the employee, and the following week after Labor Day, that cookie will be cut in half for most of the employees…with the government still taking their 50% of that. The existing economic, social, and political order, making the “have-nots” believe they are “haves” when it can all be taken in the blink of an eye. Taken either in their lifetime or after they are gone, by the vultures in fed, state, and local government. Just as an afterthought, Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show published an article entitled “The Real Reason Behind Social Media Censorship – It’s Not What You Think” and this excerpt alone really summarizes an important point:
“It is obvious that the election of Trump is being treated as a speed bump on the road to complete globalization of the planet. The dismantling of Hillary was a significant blow, but it has not stemmed the tide.”
One major first step toward this globalization is to control people economically…and a system that perpetuates misery, impoverishment, and the invisible shackles of taxes, overpriced goods and services, and underpayment…that system is key to the overall enslavement. Labor Day: the people labor, and the politicians and corporate oligarchy enjoy the fruits of your labors…speeding things toward the day when it will not be paid labor, but true slave labor in perpetuity.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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And on who’s Backs does the Labor benefit?
California candidate for Governor promises free health care for all illegal immigrants in latest push for financial suicide and collapse
Tuesday, September 04, 2018 by: Vicki Batts
(Natural News) Gavin Newsom is running for Governor in California, and he’s already bragging about his plans to drive the state into financial oblivion. The gubernatorial candidate just announced his plans to launch a universal healthcare program for illegal immigrants state-wide. In any other state, such an idea might send would-be voters running for the hills, but on the Left Coast, it seems anything goes.
FLORIDA GOVERNORS RACE IN A DEAD HEAT BETWEEN A BLACK COMMUNIST AND A WHITE VETERAN TRADITIONALIST
WILL A CIVIL WAR HAPPEN?
WILL WE END UP LIKE THE BOERS?
DOES ANYBODY HAVE THE BALLS ANYMORE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM?
Don’t take those kinds of jobs if you need a full
40 hrs pay. Retail is bad…. Unless you are
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME work. Many
moms are looking to find a few hours a week to
supplement the husbands paycheck. Many
retirees want a few hours to supplement retirement
These are NOT JOBS AMERICANS WON’T
ALWAYS ASK WHEN YOU SIGN ON…. if it is
offering you the number of hours you need…. if not
don’t take the job. Plain and simple.
Work for yourself….get training….get educated.
Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates…….if you have no talent.
Adolf Hitler was the man responsible for labor reform. Hitler initiated the eight hour work day. He required cafeterias in the workplace. Hitler also gave employees real vacations, only available to the wealthy.
Hitler also started overtime payed after 8 hours.
And, Adolf required employers to have clean restrooms (toilets) for employees. Something now taken for granted.
Worked in a warehouse during the 1970’s. Made about $7 an hour. Not too bad back then. Today, the people there are making $8.50 an hour. 40 years of inflation and they’re making about the same thing. Today’s money doesn’t buy as much as it did then. Unlimited supply of slave labor from the third world. Who ensures the open borders stay open? The US Chamber of Commerce, under Tom Donohue. Remember his name.
Gtfooh. $8.50 hr is big bux when your subsidized by the state. They give you housing medical bus tickets food obozophone. $8.50 hr is pure profit sell a little dope and you can be driving a Cadillac. How about getting a better job and paying for everything out of pocket and see what you have left because you won’t be getting programs if you don’t fall below the poverty line. I guarantee you will have less $ in your pocket and spend more time at work. Either way you really are in the same financial spot. Poor with everything or bust your ass for everything and still poor. If you got a better plan. I’d like to hear it.
A hat, it’s called socializing the cost of labor. Employers pass on the cost of labor to the taxpayers. In the 1970’s almost all of the workers at that warehouse were Americans. Black and white. Now it’s all Hispanic immigrants. On your dime. The employer pockets the extra profits and we get the bill.
JJ, damn good article. Everything you say in it is true, especially the fascist nature of the system we live under. Everything these companies do to common people in just counterproductive. The former workers [at least from the minority groups] can turn to the programs and/or crime. But what about displaced white workers?
Grew up with a fellow who has been a meat cutter (union) in a big Grocery chain. The meat cutters are the only ones who are not affected as described due to that union. That meat cutter as well as a couple of part time employees, have pretty much laid it out of how it goes labor and hiring in that particular store and it sounds just like JJ describes.
That was a rambling tirade that could have been posited in two sentences
1. Happy Labor Day underlings – signed the real assholes in charge.
2. Enjoy your one day of time to fuck off – unless you have been scheduled to come into work, and remember this; back to doing what we say tomorrow or you’re fired! ?
Hey mac- I have posted on your website for over 6 years, when will the moderator bullshit stop censoring / delaying my posts???
It’s not just politicians and corporate oligarchy that benefits, labor day has become the day when the entire non productive class enjoys the benefits provided by the productive class.
Have you ever heard of the Heifer Project?
A group of Christians wanted to find an inexpensive way to help villagers in 3rd world nations start to find a new income stream by raising livestock.
They do four things.
1. They offer a chance for a benefactor to donate a very small amount to help facilitate this.
2. They offer a microloan to the farmer.
3. They raise up a group of the best performing farmers to organize as future consultants to new farmers, determine who should get new livestock, and manage the microloan program.
4. As a condition of receiving a microloan, the receiving farmer agrees to pay back the microloan, and then must donate part of his/her livestock to a new farmer in the program.
So instead of doing anything to interfere with industry or businesses within a country, these Christians directly help the ones who need an income stream.
It has a long distinguished history of success for lots of farmers worldwide. They get two chickens, or rabbits, or goats, or sheep, sometimes cows.
Everyone wins. The successful farmers become well known and admired community leaders. The new farmers are able to afford sending their children to school. Poverty is reduced and the village stabilizes.
And why not? It’s very Scriptural and benevolent and beneficient.
It fosters helping local people to build up their own business.
YHWH create us to be tribal and live in harmony with the land as stewards. And by doing so, raise crops and animals, to feed our families.
Why should we work for a boss? How is that what YHWH intended? That kind of thinking is what leads to urbanization. That leads to high population density with all the issues of crime, graft, extortion, etc.
Is specialization as a primary occupation a good thing? Well, not really. If you look at history, over eighty percent of the people used to be rural villagers for the majority of human civilization.
Examine what happens with specialization.
Let’s say there is a high demand for coffee from some part of the world. Huge corporations send their minions to these 3rd world villages and they convince small local farmers to stop raising livestock and growing what they need to feed their familiy ie diverse crops and gardens, and switch to being specialists who grow coffee. And in exchange, the corporation will guarantee buying the coffee they grow.
What happens is self-reliant folks who thrive by spreading risk over raising animals and diverse crops, then flood the local availability of coffee. This lowers the price. Meanwhile the farmers no longer has a cow, chickens, goats, and raises most of the food he eats, but now has to buy it. This means the demand has increased for all of these things, but the amount available locally has fallen. So ALL the prices go up!
This is how corporations ruin farmers and small businesses.
What happens if a blight affects the coffee cash crop? All the farmers can be affected and lose their farms. The risk is immense.
Specialization was developed in the West as a way of turning generalists who could make an entire product slowly into specialists who could become widgetmakers and do it fast. This is Henry Ford’s so-called contribution and it led to an huge industrial boom…but at what ultimate price?
That caused generations to flee rural regions for industrial jobs in urban centers,but these jobs turned self-reliant folks ie preppers into dumbed down stooges for corporations.
Although I admire much about Henry Ford, Ford was a high ranking 33 degree Mason.
As was Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Truman.
I don’t admire Henry Ford at all.
And Henry Ford was selling Hitler engines for his tanks, the same time Germany’s tanks were killing American Soldiers. These Globalists play all sides of war. We lose and they win. It was widely known Hitler had a portrait of Henry Ford on his wall in his Office. Factoid.
“Huge corporations send their minions to these 3rd world villages…”
I agree. “Their minions” generally turn out to be the economic hitmen who bribed the 3rd world governments to give them land to turn into plantations that used locals for slave labor. Generally these countries had no official land deeds so the peasants had no claim on the land.
If the 3rd world government resisted, the military was sent in for “humanitarian” reasons or to “spread democracy”. Generally it was the US military. See “War is a Racket” by General Smedley Butler. He ran the military end for the United Fruit Company in 3rd world takeovers.
New operations (oil and minerals) are run nowadays, but the game plan is the same.
Ah yes, Labor Day. Worked for by organized labor. Back then unions were pretty good, mostly. Today, the AFL-CIO is one of the leading proponents of open borders. The AFL-CIO wants to continue to bring in cheap slave labor from the third world. That causes the cost of labor to go down along with the pay and benefits of all American workers, including non-union workers. WTF over? AFL-CIO is in cahoots with the Globalists and Marxists. Has been for a long time. Put them on the list.
Did you hear what that guy just said? Did you see what he was just doing? Most people have been blissfully-oblivious and, I would say, happier than me.
There was communist symbolism and communist stickers and communist radio and LARP’ing as historical, communist figures, in your past BBQ’s and parades, but streets were quiet, here, under this administration. Maybe, they have grouped in more-leftist strongholds.
fwiw, historical communism full well expected to fail, then, to become a gift economy.(Cuba’s ‘Special Period’?)
They purge their change agents as useful idiots. (Bezemenov, Y/t ‘Demoralization’)
Their dictators remember them as patriots, as best I can tell, incorporating them into the mainstream narrative.
That’s cyclical, a return to capitalistic conditions.
afaic, some of the heroes, honored by generic, whitebread, nominal conservatives were really common subversives, no better than behind the iron curtain. Should I name names?
I have no interest whatsoever in helping America make more monkey stooges for the corporations to be widgetmakers.
I have 100% interest in teaching Americans ancestral skills so they can build their own homes, hunt, fish, cook, make cheese and beer, grow a garden,ridea horse,use a sword, shoot a rifle, fix an appliance, change their oil, etc.
National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees
Labour Day is a time to celebrate the role of workers in the economy and address the real economic issues of our time.
Labour Day is about more than a well-deserved day off. It is a time to celebrate the important contributions working people make to our economy. It is also a good time to reflect on what is needed to improve the economic and social well-being for all workers.