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  •  It's an interesting situation (14+ / 0-)

    Express Scripts--which I use and it's always been adequate for my needs--is a low-cost/low-service/low-skill operation designed to undercut chain pharmacies, which were (surprise!) low-cost/low-service/low-skill operations designed to undercut locally-owned pharmacies.  I understand its workers' sense of grievance, but they're working for a company whose very existence eliminated the livelihoods of many thousands of people across the country.  It's hard for me to run to the barricades in their support, now that the great chain of de-skiling is moving on without them.

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    by Rich in PA on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 09:41:32 AM PST

    •  but PAZ has the intent to end union workers (30+ / 0-)

      The Unions in this country stand up for the workers against the the millionaire owners who want the cheapest labor they can get, who shipped jobs overseas, who cut work force to the point those who are left are working harder than they should carrying the work loads of those cut. GM is now finally working with their unionized labor force and is not trying to attack them now after turning that company into a solvent one. Thats the relationship that should be happening here. In present day terms workers and their unions stand between regaining jobs in this country or falling into further trouble. Refusing to support this effort because of the past ignores the jobs situation we have now. I don't think thats the way to go. Support the unions who are standing between having a job and not having one for the American work force. I am a former CNA member who has worked in non union and union hospitals and clinics, I have issues with CNA and the past actions of the ANA which did not protect bedside nurses as they were cut by hospitals under managed care financial management. I have a huge disagreement with ANA/CNA right now(see my sig line and read)But on the issue of what PAZ is doing I feel I must help and support. Its my pitchfork to the top 1% robbing this nation blind like Paz is doing. Like the window shop workers in Illinois whose boss was moving the shop to another state for cheaper non union workers, they got a court settlement after people here and across the country proudly stood beside them to stop the theft of their earned pay and to stop their jobs from being cut. D-Day has arrived and its time to choose sides as a CSU professor recently wrote.

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      by foggycity on Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 10:34:07 AM PST

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    •  That's not really very nice (3+ / 0-)

      Especially at this time of year.  ESI's employees didn't set this policy and are not to blame.

      I pity anyone victimized by greedy employers, especially at this time of year.

      •  Pretty standard timing (4+ / 0-)

        for companies that use that use the calender year.  DH has been laid off right at the holidays twice. The companies base it on financials.

        Not to say it doesn't stink.  At one company the lay offs were done right at the time of the company holiday party when year end bonuses were given so that few hundred was our Christmas money.  

        I hope these poor people hit the ground running as this is also a time for hiring.  DH has also gotten 2 different jobs around this same time.

        •  Yeah, I got nailed Dec 1 st (3+ / 0-)

          2 years ago (still unemployed...) fortunately I don't celebrate Christmas, so it wasn't a big deal.

          But for most employees it's devastating.

          It does happen for budgetary reasons.  But that means as little to these big companies as the tears of millions of people who have been laid off in the past 3 years.

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          by HylasBrook on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 07:02:47 AM PST

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        •  They *claim* they're doing it for the employees' (0+ / 0-)

          own good: laying them off before they spend too much on the holidays.

          No, I'm not kidding. When I was a manager and we had to lay people off, that was one of the lines fed to us by the professional hatchet company hired by HR to teach us how to let people go in such a way as to avoid lawsuits. We had to role-play it.

          It's disgusting. Sadly, manymanagers and HR pros actually believe that shit. Their need to rationalize adding insult to injury is so profound, they're willing to believe that denying a family their last Christmas for some indeterminate period of time is more humane than waiting an extra week.

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          by radical simplicity on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 08:10:51 AM PST

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          •  Absolutely right. I was laid off in October, (1+ / 0-)
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            a division of a huge corporation that planned ahead. First I had to "lay off" several of my workers, and "help" shift people around according to senority. Human Resources-HAH-was always a necessary evil to me, after I was laid off I asked individuals how they could work in HR and still keep their souls intact.

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