Obama Urges Workplace Flexibility (This is a HUGE deal)

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    OK the premise of this is this: for the last thirty five years or so, while productivity and corporate profits have soared, wages have remained stagnate, do to conservative economic policies (ie reaganomics) such as outsourcing, union busting, deregulation, and attacks on worker rights and labor leverage. Thus it is no longer enough to have one breadwinner in the family. Thus the nuclear family is being ripped to shreds.

    To hear this subject even being brought up is a HUGE step forward. To hear a politician actually address an issue that is of vital interest to the well being of the vast majority of working Americans rather than putting corporate profits and wall streets interest first, is a HUGE step forward.


    anyway, look for the lizard brained right to call this socialism and fight it tooth and nail. Even though this would greatly benefit the vast majority of Americans and help preserve the nuclear family, the right has been so brainwashed by their corporate propagandists such as rush and beck that they dont know which way is up. Do these people even know what socialism is?

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    Obama Urges Workplace Flexibility
    By PETER BAKER

    He probably has the most flexible and least flexible job in the world.

    He lives above the office and if he wants to skip out to watch his daughter’s basketball game, no one will dock his pay. Yet his plans to take the kids for spring break in Australia and Indonesia can get scotched because Congress decides to debate health care.

    So it may have seemed a little paradoxical to have President Obama talking about the need for more workplace flexibility on Wednesday, but there he was wrapping up a forum sponsored by Michelle Obama, who reminded him that they didn’t always have the work arrangements they do now.

    “This is something that Michelle and I have struggled with in our own family,” Mr. Obama told a group of business and civic leaders gathered for the forum. “It wasn’t that long ago that both of us were working full-time, outside the home, while raising two young daughters.”

    Mr. Obama, reflecting on those days not so long ago, noted that he was on the road a lot. “A lot of times, we felt like we were just barely keeping everything together,” he said. “When we were at work, we were worrying about what was happening at home. When we were at home, we were worrying about work. We both felt our overloaded schedules were taking a toll on our marriage.”

    The president urged businesses to be more flexible for workers and pointed to initiatives in his budget to help states start paid-leave programs, increase funding for child care and support families caring for aging relatives. He also said he would be “practicing what we preach” by providing opportunities for federal workers in Washington to “telework” from home on a regular basis.

    “Workplace flexibility isn’t just a women’s issue,” he said. “It’s an issue that affects the well-being of our families and the success of our businesses.”

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/obama-urges-workplace-flexibility/

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    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will speak Wednesday at a White House forum aimed at finding ways to make the nation's workplaces more flexible for employees and their families.

    Earlier this year, Obama laid out initiatives to help the middle class, including child care and elder care. The plan was created by his Middle Class Task Force, which is chaired by Vice President Joe Biden.

    The president also will go to Andrews air base to announce that the government will allow oil drilling 50 miles off the Virginia coast.

    Obama also will meet with the family of the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez (SEE'-zur CHAH'-vehz) and leaders of Chavez's United Farm Workers and declare Wednesday Cesar Chavez Day

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/washington/6937471.html
     
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  2. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    April fools lol!
     
  3. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    I hope not, and like I said, to even have a politician raise this topic in this corporate oligarchy is a big deal.

    Here is the definition of corporate oligarchy for all you fox news watchers.

    Corporate Oligarchy (Corporatocracy)

    Corporate oligarchy is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals or influential economic entities or devices, such as banks, commercial entities that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy, often with little or no regard for constitutionally protected prerogative.
     
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  4. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    There's a Middle Class Task Force? Where's the Working Poor Class Task Force?
     
  5. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni

    Good news!
     
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