I have 3 choices: 1) Do nothing. 2) Find a new job. 3) Retire
Question 1: Has any had any Success using the Internal Marketplace tool? Has anyone had any Actual job success of crossing Divisions? (STG-SWG-etc) Do you just target/scatter the postings with applications? (I have NOT ST'ed my manager that I want a new job)(My assumption is they would be cc'ed on any application) IF I tell them I am looking, my fear is I would be put on short list for next RA round.
I have confided in a couple of different managers that I am looking and to keep me in mind but they have no openings. Any factual sage insight would be appreciated.
Walking in to your manager's office and announcing your intention to "retire" is simply leaving money on the table. The IBM company has and will exercise every legal means at it's disposal to ensure they don't leave a single penny in your pocket that they can take. It's your call, but if it were me I would do the same to them.
It doesn't appear that IBM India cares much about retention, they just hire more freshers off the street to replace those who left. Which means under the current IBM staffing model, a union would have little leverage.
If IBM India did strike, I don't believe it would be the end of IBM simply because most IT workers there are essentially a low-skill commodity - IBM would have no problem replacing them. It would hurt for about 6 months while the replacements built some skills.
The quick and constant turnover presents an unusual challenge to organizers. Rather than fight their employer by organizing, dissatisfied employees jump to a new one, get a 25% raise and a 10% signing bonus.
Because of the employee churn and bouncing from employer to employer, it appears a strategy to organize the IT industry may be more effective than attempting to organize a single employer.
Instead of lunching with these corporatist traitors he should be setting tariffs to make jobs overseas cost as much as jobs in the U.S. This will raise living standards everywhere. This is what the U.S. historically did until first the [re]publicans started selling out the U.S. middle class workers in the 1970s and then were joined by the Democrats in the 1990s.
"Right to work" my a$$. It is really of course "Right to Work [for less]".
I am "access only" FHA, meaning I can buy it and pay the full premium. It is very expensive so your wife is not really missing much. I have a self-only plan that is not the most expensive, the EPO, and pay $9024/year. The FHA is still a group rate plan and a bit less than a decent plan on the open market (be sure you get a plan with an annual cap on costs you pay, and has no limit on prescription - to avoid bankruptcy).
Your wife can get the money to help pay the premiums if she waits, if she can, to leave IBM at age 55 (as she has also reached 15 years of service, needed to obtain the money).
Apart from claim there seems to be no good measurement tool of employee performance. Utilization pressure is so high (at least in my region) that PEM tasks as well as participation in research activities or in internal or external conferences, even as a paid contributor, have to be done largely in "give-back=free" time, which is reduced to less than 15% with a 85% or higher utilization goal. This eventually is no good development. To keep the workforce motivated, sufficient attention must be paid to what drives the individual professionals, to their personal development and coaching. Time spent on such matters must be visible and valued.
Next to the utilization pressure also the atmosphere of threat and punishment (in stead of motivation) that seems to have taken root in GBS, are killing for individual empowerment and creativity. Just like the "good soldier Schweik" people may start to "report, that everything is fine", go their own way and loose their willingness to spend the extra hour for the company. I see it happening around me. And although a quiet and obedient workforce may seem a blessing for management, it will not lead to the high performance culture that IBM so desperately wishes to achieve and could achieve in the past.
My favourite book these days is "The art of possibility" by Ben & Roz Zander. This book has helped me to avoid submersion in what I sometimes call the IBM Gulag Archipelago. I can strongly recommend it to anyone of you! The simple practices that they describe could help IBM come back on track and leverage the good old values.
I leave my laptop at work, because IBM doesn't pay for my Internet / phone I refuse to use it for work. I have an IBM supplied cell phone and when I go home I take it but turn the ringer down such that it can't be beard. Why take the the cell phone home? Consider this, should I be killed while in possession of the IBM supplied phone, the insurance is doubled (technically by being required to carry the phone at all times, I'm on business and I've checked w/my legal counsel and they would scream very loudly in public and there appears to be some precedent supporting this position.) When they leave VM on my home phone, it's deleted, (they know I'm not home when I'm not at work). And when I'm asked to work overtime, I've already got plans and must decline which causes our superstars (management pets that are also hourly to take up the slack.) What's really funny is these superstars don't claim what they work nor do they work what they record in claim / etotals. Hmmm... can someone say "Tax Evasion?"
Eventually, this will get the superstars as well as most of a management chain in boiling water if not tarred and feathered! So, document, document, document everything and keep copies (need I say off-site)! Y'a, see what a 15% pay cut, elimination of premium pay, reducing professionals to the rank of common labor and no raises has produced? Ain't it grand? -Alfred E. Neuman - Mad Magazine-
In the American Journal of Medicine article, researcher doctors noted that out of a sample of 5.6 million prescriptions written for more than 2 million patients, nearly 5 percent “were designated as dispense as written by physicians and patients.” This, perhaps, is not a very large portion, but the money that might have been saved is substantial. Noted the authors: “By substituting the generic alternative for each . . . brand that was filled . . . the patient population in this sample could have reduced their charges by more than $1.7 million and the health plans could have experienced more than a $10.6 million reduction in costs in the 1-month study period.” ...
Brand names are the names doctors most easily remember. Drug samples left in physicians’ offices — seemingly a free gift for doctors to dispense and patients to receive — make them more memorable. Often, sales representatives will treat a physician and his staff to lunch, and leave behind an array of pens, coffee mugs and USB memory sticks branded with the name of their drugs.
Advertising also has an effect, both on doctors and on patients, who ask for specific drugs they’ve heard mentioned on TV. Cumulatively, these tactics often succeed at what they are designed to do: sell the brand, instill trust in the name and make it the habitual choice.
"But dependency on government has never been bad for the rich. The pretense of the laissez-faire people is that only the poor are dependent on government, while the rich take care of themselves. This argument manages to ignore all of modern history, which shows a consistent record of laissez-faire for the poor, but enormous government intervention for the rich." From Economic Justice: The American Class System, from the book Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn.
In 2030, according to the report prepared for Sanders, there would be 173,400 more people living in poverty in the United States. The revised formula also would dramatically lower benefits for retirees. Widows would receive almost $70 a month less in benefits, a reduction of $840 a year. People who are 70-79 would receive $49 a month less, a drop of $588 a year. Benefits for those who are 80-89 would drop by $80/month or $960 a year. Benefits for women would fall by 3.5 percent overall while men's benefits would drop by 2.9 percent. ...
As the deficit negotiations were set to resume on Sunday, Sanders emphasized that Social Security has not contributed a dime to the deficit or the national debt. Funded by the payroll tax on workers and employers, Socials Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus and will be able to provide full benefits for every eligible American for the next 25 years.
“He keeps referencing a life of dependence, but the economic reality is that there are multiple job seekers for every existing job. The people who are relying on the safety net now are recently unemployed or under-employed,” she said. Crawford said she's frustrated that Ryan and other Republicans want to extend the tax cuts for the wealthy that were supposed to be temporary. ...
Nationwide polls repeatedly show Americans demanding shared sacrifice, tapping the rich instead of further punishing the poor. A recent Boston Globe poll showed 73 percent of likely voters support raising taxes on the wealthy. Ryan's plan calls for across-the-board tax cuts, including for businesses, corporations and the nation's wealthiest. ...
Eric Mann, director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles, which advocates for working-class families and communities, said Ryan's budget paints a future that resembles something from Charles Dickens more than from Franklin Roosevelt. “I would call this plan the road to cruelty,” said Mann.
Excuse No. 3: It’s the workers’ fault. Unemployment soared during the financial crisis and its aftermath. So it seems bizarre to argue that the real problem lies with the workers — that the millions of Americans who were working four years ago but aren’t working now somehow lack the skills the economy needs.
Yet that’s what you hear from many pundits these days: high unemployment is “structural,” they say, and requires long-term solutions (which means, in practice, doing nothing). Well, if there really was a mismatch between the workers we have and the workers we need, workers who do have the right skills, and are therefore able to find jobs, should be getting big wage increases. They aren’t. In fact, average wages actually fell last month.
Murdoch and Dimon. One runs an organization that, as we now know, broke the law so many times it could be called a criminal syndicate. And the other is Rupert Murdoch. Yet Murdoch's fighting for his corporation's future while Dimon's name is being floated as a possible Treasury Secretary. Murdoch's losing his chance to expand market share, while our government helped Dimon's bank become more too-big-to-fail than ever by grabbing up Morgan Stanley.
If they want to avoid Mumbai's gridlock, there are three helicopter pads on the roof. If they do drive, they will not have any trouble parking: there is space for 160 vehicles on the lower floors. Once in, nine lifts will take the guests from the lobby to upper levels, where the festivities will take place. On the top floors, with a sweeping view of the city and out over the Arabian Sea, are quarters for the 53-year-old tycoon and his family. Overall, there is reported to be 37,000 sq metres of space, more than the Palace of Versailles. To keep things running smoothly, there is a staff of 600. ...
India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, has previously called on business leaders to "eschew conspicuous consumption" and "be role models of moderation". Shiny Varghese, deputy editor of the Indian magazine Design Today, said the Ambanis' house was the ultimate expression of a much broader trend. "It's so obscenely lavish that I'm not sure too many people will go all that way, but we are heading into the sort of culture where money is not a question when setting up a home," he said. "The lavishness is huge.
The press might also see fit to mention that even the most impoverished inhabitants of Congress, even if they never work another day in their lives, have no other income and never get a dime from Social Security, will almost certainly take home more in retirement pay--they get generous pensions and taxpayer-assisted 401-K plans--than the median income in this country.
2009 financial disclosure numbers show Joe Biden as one of the few people involved in the negotiations who wasn't worth something comfortably in the seven figure range during that year. (He may actually have been in the red.) The average net worth of the people who will be voting on the fate of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid was about $3.4 million in the House and an astonishing $13.6 million in the Senate. And that was in 2009, when the stock market was struggling for most of the year and investment portfolios had taken massive hits. But Congress still had 237 millionaires, almost 45% of the 535 federal legislators. ...
The wealth of these people should be part of their names. The photo showing showing Boehner and Obama playing golf should have been captioned, "Millionaire president Barack Obama discusses Medicare cuts with millionaire Congressman John Boehner over a chuckle at the country club." Eric Cantor should always be introduced to a story as a multi-millionaire: "Multi-millionaire Congressman Eric Cantor complained today that cuts proposed by multi-millionaire president Barack Obama do too little to unravel the safety net for the poor and elderly." "Republican senator Mitch McConnell, whose net worth at the height of the recession was at least $7 million, said today that the federal government can no longer subsidize health care for people earning as much as $17,000."
Our right-wing friends in the House of Representatives have given us an option. What they have said is end Medicare as we know it and force elderly people, many of whom don't have the money, to pay substantially more for their health care. So when you're 70 under their plan and you get sick and you don't have a whole lot of income, we don't know what happens to you. They forget to tell us that if their plan was passed you're going to have to pay a heck of a lot more for the prescription drugs you're getting today. They we're going to throw millions of kids off health insurance. If your mom or dad is in a nursing home and that nursing home bill is paid significantly by Medicaid and Medicaid isn't paying anymore, they forgot to tell us what happens to your mom or dad in that nursing home. What happens?
And what happens today if you are unemployed and you're not able to get unemployment extension? What happens if you are a middle-class family desperately trying to send their kids to college and you make savage cuts to Pell grants and you can't go to college? What does it mean for the nation if we are not bringing forth young people that have the education that they need? They forgot to tell us that. And if you are one of the growing number of senior citizens in this country who are going hungry, they want to cut nutrition programs. And on and on it goes. Every program that has any significance to working families, the sick, the elderly, the children, the poor, they are going to cut in the midst of a recession when real unemployment is already at 15 percent and the middle class is disappearing and poverty is increasing. That's their idea.
Shouldn't the wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations contribute to deficit reduction rather than just the elderly and the sick and working families? They say no. They're going to defend the richest people in this country -- millionaires and billionaires -- and make sure they don't pay a nickel more in taxes. We're going to make sure there is no tax reform so we can continue to lose $100 billion every single year because wealthy people and corporations stash their money in tax havens in the Cayman Islands or Bermuda, and that's just fine. We'll protect those tax breaks while we savage programs for working families.
This is one of the great outrages in political history. Neither party is now proposing a major jobs program. While the Republican Party at the national and state level is doing everything it can to destroy jobs, the Democratic Party is failing to fight for jobs with the intensity that Democrats have historically done. Meanwhile, the Democratic president does photo-ops, Twitter events and mini-jobs programs of the magnitude of school uniform trivia.
It is an outrage, a crime, a sin against decency and a defamation against everything I personally believe that nobody, I repeat nobody, in the high councils of politics gives a damn about those who have been jobless for 99 weeks. This violates my faith as a Christian, where we are supposed to help those in need. It violates my values as a Democrat, where we are supposed to fight for jobs. It violates the most common-sense economics, which proves that help for 99ers provides more stimulus than tax cuts for the wealthy, but since the 99ers would have to spend the money from assistance, to live.
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