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Biden: I'm a proud pro-labor president .
Also Biden: We should force railroad workers to accept a deal they rejected because capitalism.
Discussion Rich people dont work hard/smart - actually the dont work at all. They just have the money to throw at competent people that do all the work for them
Like 90% of all rich people are not self made but come from rich/upper middle class families. Only a tiny percentage of rich people come from below mid level Middle Class and are outliers.
Yet there are so many fools out there that maintain how much smarter/bolder/hard working these people are - its infuriating!
Disregarding the 10% or so that really managed to do it on their own - mostly through sheer luck - the other 90% had a headstart - thats why the are so successful.
An Upper Middle Class child where Mommy/Daddy have a paid off big house - 5 paid off cars - and some 300 000 Dollars of cash saved in their bank account - will get a better education - better possibilities - a better safety net and a better starting position than a lower Middle Class child where Mommy/Daddy rent an appartment - have just one paid off car and some 5000 Dollars in their bank account.
Sure you need luck and skill to make something successfull but tell me which level is harder?
You come from a poor/lower Middle Class family and have scraped togehter 15 000 Dollars for a business idea. You have to take a 150 000 Dollar loan. You have to be very careful because you get one chance at this. If you fail than you will be homeless or forced to live in debt for the next 20-30 years.
You come from an Upper Middle Class family. You saved some 50 000 Dollars - Moomy/Daddy gave you another 200 000. You dont have to take a loan or just some 50 000 Dollars. You can take risks because if you fail it will be painful - but not devastating to your existence and you might try again in a few years.
You come from a rich family. Your parents can give you 500 000 or 1 Million every few months or so. You can afford to hire experts and competent people that build the company for you. If you fail several times - nothing happenes. Your parents might get agitatet after the 10th time you fail - but if you blow just 5 or 10 Million and manage to get it right by your 5th attempt - everything will be fine.Not to mention the connections the expertise the knowledge your parents provide for free - on top of all the money.
Wow these Level 3 people are so much more competent - so much smarter - so much more hardworking than those jealous Level 1+2s...... Its not like they have it easier or anything....
EDIT: People that cite studies where millionaires/billionaires claim that they did not inherit wealth. You do realize that one can receive funds - money - services from ones parents BEFORE they die and their descendants inherit right?
Also most studies just ask the rich guys and if they just lie and say no - there is no way and no attempt made to verify this claim.
For example you have a millionaire with a net worth of 20 Million that inherited perhaps 2 Million by the time he was 50 or 60 after his parents died. By this time he allready had a net worth of 18 Million - so he will be classified as self made.
Of course he wont mention that between the age of 20-40 his parents invested some 5 Million into his business through direct funds/money or services or bribes or connections ect Thus these self statment "studies" are pretty pointles and not representative.
SECOND EDIT: People cite examples where poor/lower middle class people managed to advance by hard work. Most of these didnt become rich though - they became Upper Middle Class.
If you make 100 000+ a year you are upper Middle class but not yet rich. Rich begins somehwere around having 2 Million + and making around 200 000+ a year. of course this varies from region to region. But bascially you arent rich until you could buy several properties - or a new one every few months/years.
Both sides aren't the same, it's absolutely true. But in a lot of very bad ways, yeah they are very similar. Fuck Joe Biden for pushing to break a strike.
So I work at a truck wash in a small town in Missouri. All of my coworkers are openly Christian so that led me to kinda internalize my religion from them in fear of being ostracized or worse fired.
Well I had scheduled a tattoo appointment to get some runes on my arm from my religion (which is literally a protection formula of runes) with a tattoo artist well known in town. My supervisor (who’s probably the most religious openly among my coworkers) is friends with the artist.
Apparently me telling the artist that I work at the truck wash in town was a bad idea because he told my supervisor what I was getting. Come today my supervisor approaches me and says he heard that I was getting a tattoo and that he didn’t like what I was getting. So I told him that it’s not really his business in the most respectful way I could. He proceeded to tell me that he’s surprised I was hired because normally they don’t hire “evil” people. I was speechless honestly, I’m already anti social and now I’m being told I’m evil so I kinda just sit there. He then goes on to tell me that I’m going to hell and that those symbols make me “a satan worshipper”.
After that I just said sorry and then went on my lunch.
My biggest fear now is them now finding every reason to make me look bad in the workplace so they can fire me or worse make the environment and the work I do super hard or something of that sort to try and force me to quit.
I need advice.
TLDR:Supervisor found out about a religious tattoo I’m getting and called me an evil satan worshipper. I’m worried about getting fired for my religious views.
Never thought I’d be posting here, but fuck this system! I’m being squeezed out of the middle-class while my company makes record breaking profits.
My eyes are being opened to how shitty things are getting out there. In 2019, I made $40 an hour. I work the same job today, but with way more responsibilities. Even though my company is making record profits, I still make the same amount.
The thing is, it really isn’t the same amount. Inflation is out of control and my purchasing power has drastically declined. I guess I lived in my own little bubble and didn’t see how bad it was getting until I finally looked at my monthly expenses, then I looked at my company's profits…
You don’t notice the prices creeping upwards each day, but when you actually look at the big picture… holy fuck have things gotten expensive. Between property taxes, insurance, electricity, heat, gas, diesel, food, and basic necessities, I estimate my cost of living has increased 30% in only a few years. I sure as hell am not bringing in an extra 30% additional income. Funny enough, my company has increased revenue by 30% since the pandemic started.
What really triggered me was construction and DIY costs. Last week my river washed away the bank and took out a couple hundred feet of fence. I went to the lumber yard and 2x4s are $15 a piece, 6x6s are $65! What the actual fuck! It’s going to cost me over 15k to replace a fucking fence? I noticed sheets of plywood are now over $100 a sheet for fuck sake. What is going on?
My boss is building a new summer house, and he bought a new yacht. Meanwhile, I'm spending my savings just to maintain my property and house. What happens when I need to re-side my barn… what happens when I need to re-shingle the roof… what happens when I need to buy a new truck, or tractor… When does it stop? When do my expenses overtake my income?
This cannot continue, these companies are sucking us dry, and they know it. Profits are surging at our expense. We put in the time and work to build a decent quality of life, and they seem hellbent on taking it away from us now. Something needs to be done before it is too late and they literally own the fucking world.
I’ve worked for big corporations my whole life, and I’ve put in the Mon-Fri 9-5 grind expecting to move up in the world, not down. Never thought I’d say this, but fuck corporations and fuck the system we’ve let them create.
Update: I now understand that the term 'middle-class' is almost pointless. Everyone has a different definition, and a lot of it seems to be based on location, culture, and personal perspective. Let's just say that we're all working class here, with different qualities of life based on income, education, lifestyle, and location. Semantics wasn't suppose to be within the scope of this post.
Note: Why are so many people fixated on the fucking fence? It was simply the catalyst which made me further analyze the rising cost of living and the rampant inflation problem. The fence might as well be a metaphor. I swear some people here are incapable of parsing a post for the true meaning, and instead fixate on some silly little context that is simply being used to form the overall narrative. I thought that was pretty clear. Either my writing skills are not as good at conveying meaning as I thought they were, or the median IQ in this thread hovers around room temperature... in centigrade.
Get unionized people! We deserve it and they're worth it.
He sent an email for an 8am meeting when my work day is 8 to 5. Fine, I'll just make sure to come in a little early. He sends a follow up email a few minutes later reminding everyone that it's at 8 am sharp. I was in a bit of a mood since I was notified earlier that I had to keep a web meeting program open at all times so they could tell when I stepped away from my computer for than a few minutes. So I replied that the 8 am sharp applied to him as well since the previous week he was a complete no-show for a meeting he scheduled with several people. Got called into the office to discuss how it hurt his feelings.
So while working the other day and doing dishes in the back of the store. The carbon monoxide detector started going off. So the first thing I did was removed all customer's and staff out of the store and closed the doors. I called the local fire department and they came down to check it out. And turns out there were high levels of carbon monoxide detected. They then proceeded to open the doors and used a fan to air out the building. Upon doing so they did the standard "is anyone feeling sick or have a headache" In which I replied yes because at that time I had a pretty bad headache while working there. The fire department said "let us come check you out and make sure you are okay." So I got in the ambulance for no more than probably three minutes with them putting the oxygen level reader on my finger to see what my oxygen and other levels were. I left the ambulance and several moments later they said "come here for a second" in which they sat me back down in the ambulance and had me fill a form. They told me it was just in case I needed to call them after and they could take me to the hospital. I then walked out of the ambulance and thought nothing of it. Well today I check my mail and sure enough I get a surprise $150 ambulance bill for simply sitting there three minutes with a simple device on the tip of my finger. Number one just unbelievable that something so easy, simple would be charged for an outrageous price of $150. But even more insulting is they charged the bill torwards me and not my employer. Worse yet I wasn't even notified I would get charged for them taking a look at me. So I am going in today to see if my employer will foot the bill because I certainly am not paid enough to do so. I don't think this is very fair because it wasn't my fault that my job exposed me to carbon monoxide. My store owner is also extremely greedy and refuses to pay for anything. So I am not sure that this will even happen. I am not sure what I am going to do. Because I don't have the money to afford this bill. Does anyone have any advice just in case my employer declines to pay for this?
My work adds printed photos of employees to the board in the staffroom. I handed in my 2 weeks notice, and this is what my boss did to the photo of me
The railroads made $23 billion in profits last year and won't provide sick days. Members of 4 rail unions have voted to reject a contract that lowballed them on sick days. Some freight rail unions could strike as soon as Dec. 9.
If you or someone you know is affected by generational wealth, they may be eligible for actual taxation.
Again why are retail staff forced to be standing at a counter for hours on end. When majority of customers could not care less if they were able to sit down? I am pretty sure it’s just a way to denigrate retail workers who sometimes have no choice but to take these jobs
Email from the CEO to an employee who founded a trade union at SII Polska in Poland, the employee was sacked a few days later.
I really wish this was a joke but it's not.
For context I work as an administrator for a company that leases cars. I only make 19k a year.
I took some time off work as my grandfather, who I was extremely close too, was dying and I wanted to be at his side. After 5 days he passed and I took the next day off as I wasn't in a good place to work.
I was assured everything was fine and work is not a priority so I should be with my family.
Just got my paycheck today and those days I took off were not put on bereavement pay so I haven't been paid for the time off even though I had been assured not to worry about it.
Just before Christmas I now have about £900 to live off and pay for bills and food as well as Christmas stuff.
And they wonder why people keep quitting this place.
Im done. Spent the day applying for new jobs. I hate this company.
You need to save 4 million for retirement, yet the average worker makes less than 2 million *pretax* in their entire working career.
NPR concludes inflation is due entirely to demand and corporate greed is not to blame. If we all stop buying stuff we need to keep living, things are bound to improve!npr.org
Oh you want this company to build your house? To bad they are subcontracting to X who subcontracts to Y who subcontracts to z why then hires me for $15/hr for construction. Oh you wanted to file a glass claim on your insurance? To bad you are getting transfered to Safelite solutions the company your insurance subcontracts to file glass claims. Have a question about your insurance? Idk I don’t work for them and I get paid 15/hr. Want help with your Google ads? Sure but you’re not really talking to google you are talking to a subcontracted company to act as Google. Want something shipped from Amazon? It’s getting subcontracted like wtf is going on it’s all going to crumble.
My wife works for a small independently owned real estate law firm as a W-2 salaried employee in the state of Georgia. Today she was accidentally CC’d on a conversation between the business owners wherein they were discussing their intent to terminate her employment on December 19 (before the company Christmas party). We’re both a little shocked, and concerned for the future. Her work performance was good, the termination seems to be more driven by work culture. Should we start looking at government unemployment options in our state?