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1 Decatur Deb  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 11:38:02am

And if we all worked for nothing, they would hire even more of us.

2 funky chicken  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 11:49:00am

$14.65 an hour is OK money, and if 10,000 people applied, it must be enough to live relatively comfortably in Detroit. I know houses are available for purchase there for way under a hundred thousand dollars, etc. I assume they also get health insurance, so …

3 wee fury  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 11:55:44am

This is not new. Corporations have been doing this for years — when the union workers pay increases dramatically over the years … the only way for a company to survive is to make sure that the unions agree that new hire salaries start lower and that their increases are scaled differently.

4 Amory Blaine  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 12:23:06pm

The new normal.

5 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 12:46:09pm

re: #3 wee fury

Pay hasn’t increased dramatically over the years, though.

Corporate profits have gone up, executive compensation has gone up, and labor wages have stagnated.

Yay.

6 Alexzander  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:25:02pm

I am waiting to hear back from a job I interviewed for last week. There were others also waiting for an interview - I surveyed a few of them and found that everyone had at least an undergraduate degree and many had graduate degrees. Everyone had at least two years of experience.

And we were applying for nightshift work at 10 to 11/hr.

The American economy is fundamentally broken imho.

7 shutdown  Mon, Sep 12, 2011 2:43:39pm

re: #2 funky chicken

The number of people applying is possibly an indication of the sate of Michigan’s economy. While housing costs may be low, federal, state and local taxes are still applicable (unless the earner is entirely exempt, of course)/ The cost of education, food, and healthcare remain at a national, not a local level. Sure, $14.65 is better than nothing. But, as those Cornell chatbots said to each other, “half of nothing is till something”. It just is not much.


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