Working Hell Wednesday


These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.

Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for childcare, the work is no longer available and she won’t be paid for it.

Just-in-time scheduling like this is the latest new thing, designed to make retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and other customer-driven businesses more nimble and keep costs to a minimum.

Software can now predict up-to-the-minute staffing needs on the basis of information such as traffic patterns, weather, and sales merely hours or possibly minutes before.

This way, employers don’t need to pay anyone to be at work unless they’re really needed. Companies can avoid paying wages to workers who’d otherwise just sit around.

Robert Reich


Naw! We don’t need no Unions!

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15 Responses to Working Hell Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    A view of things to come. It’s a good time to be retired.


    • º¿carol says:

      American workers can’t simultaneously be variable costs for business yet live in their own fixed-cost worlds.

      That’s right! Geez, people need to be able to count on their hours so they can count on their paychecks. It’s a serious no-brainer.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Besides, robots will soon replace the remaining employees.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    At the Birch & Barley after a 45 minute stick walk. Saw three ducks flying. Think those were mergansers but far enough away I am not sure.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A nominal 65 more minutes out to Terre View and Grimes Way and then back west to Sloan. Some butterflies, small dun birds, an even smaller sparrow-like bird, black birds. Of course the 4 sheep at the corner aforementioned.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Lights out @ the house of the Mimn.

    Doc, I’ve long forgotten what Mimn stands for. You need to refresh my memory.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Speaking of employment, Jill is a PTA as I’ve mentioned before. She works for a sociopathic republican who cut her hours on Thursdays. I think she has her hours back but she freaked out and immediately applied for unemployment to help make up for the lost money. She is a single woman and needs ALL her income to make her house payment, make her bills. She’s back to normal and still jumping through hoops. I told her to cancel the unemployment, but who listens to me.

    While getting the hoops to jump thru for unemployment she found a per diem job in her field. She may pick up one day a week at the facility and at $30 an hour may pull in $1,000. Man, will that help her out.

    After reading the Reich piece I’m wondering about the place that hired her per diem. It may be another way of not having a full time employee. Jill will make out but someone else will be out of a job.


  6. Den says:

    Wow, and that is just a small area, imagine networking power over hundreds of miles with other local solar sites, now that is using ones cranium for something besides an ear-spacer.


    • David B. Benson says:

      It’s expensive power @ US$185/MWh wholesale. Ivanpah is only generating at 1/4 of design rating so the owners are losing lotsa $$.


  7. David B. Benson says:



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