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  •  I used to work in a place (24+ / 0-)

    where, if you wanted to go on vacation, you had to cover your own late shift.  The manager wouldn't do it (we never could figure out just exactly what she actually did, but I've got a diary in me about that whole clusterfuck, some other time...). It was unbelievable. And this was  a full-time non-retail job. So it's not just retail, but it's bad there, for sure.

    I used to work retail just like our diarist--years ago. I was a store manager in shopping-mall-specialty-store-land and yes, it sucked then--but nothing like it does now for managers, either. I still have friends who are store managers (or district managers) in retail--the managers make great money and set their own schedules but they have little say-so about their own staffing (that is, in terms of "available hours to go around")

    Even bigger irony: that particular set of experience on my own resume is "so long ago", retailers wouldn't hire me now anyway. What does that say about this particular vocation?

    If ever there were workers in this country that really needed unionized, it's the ones in retailing (and also in food-service, but that's a whole other subject). Retail is just another vocation going straight to hell in the United States, and it's sad, for any number of reasons. Geez, how is "consumer spending" supposed to be our economy's salvation when you go to the average store in a mall and can barely find a clerk to take your money or answer a simple question?

    "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

    by lunachickie on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 02:25:09 PM PDT

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