Sorry, not enough time to get new stuff in here, but man yesterday, eh?
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"Just two weeks before Christmas, hundreds of Comcast door-to-door salespeople were called into company offices and fired from their jobs, it has emerged, just after the telecommunications giant announced it would be giving out $1,000 bonuses to staffers thanks to a major tax cut." I wonder where those $1k came from? Gee, if only Donald Trump could ride to their rescue like he did the Carrier plant employees. "Carrier has announced 215 workers will lose their jobs at its Indianapolis heating and air conditioning plant this week, the last of about 600 previously announced layoffs." Oh wait, maybe that isn't such a good idea. But at least Macy's had a good year. "Macy's also says it will close another 11 stores early this year, cut jobs and streamline non-store functions. That should produce savings of about $300 million." Oh fuckstockings. Sears? "Sears said Tuesday it's cutting 400 jobs at corporate offices as it works towards a goal of reducing costs by $1.25 billion in fiscal 2017." How about those big companies, like AT&T? "When AT&T Inc. announced it would hand out holiday bonuses to 200,000 workers thanks to Congress' recent tax overhaul, the company's statement failed to mention… (it) is eliminating thousands of jobs across the U.S., including 30 in Central Indiana, according to Communications Workers of America, the union that represents AT&T employees. The company is cutting nearly 12 percent of its technicians who install U-verse and DirectTV in the Indianapolis area, according to union figures." (Grokked from Michele)
But Walmart's good, right? "Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider… The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising starting hourly wages to $11, expanding employee benefits, and offering workers bonuses of up to $1,000." (Grokked from Cherie Priest)
"South Dakota state Sen. Neal Tapio (R) created quite the scene at the capitol building in Pierre on Wednesday. After awkwardly agreeing to be photographed with an interfaith gathering, he turned on them, launching into one of his familiar rants attacking Islam and condemning the gathering as a 'political movement.'… 'I don’t like being called a racist,' he shouted at the group of religious leaders." Dear Sen. Tapio, then try not being racist. It's pretty simple. As the kids say, this asshole. (Grokked from Jim Wright)
"During the coal bust in the 1990s, Mullins’ dad was laid off from Bethlehem Steel’s mines. Mullins recalls living off the green beans his family had diligently canned during the good times, and watching his parents grow desperate. Go to college, they urged him. Mining offered no future… But he, like so many of his friends, family, and neighbors, soon found that the industry that has wreaked havoc on the economy of central Appalachia—comprised of southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky—was also nearly impossible to escape." (Grokked from Fred Clark)