Things I never got to blog on…

November 7 2012 may see the closure of in2thefray secondary to a wager with myself. Given that and a number of other real world issues I have nibbling away at my time and soul there are obviously a ton of things I’ve never gotten around to blogging and conversing on. Ironically some of these things are pretty near and dear to me and my political soul.

Labor overhauls:

I’m in the camp that Americans work too much and get too little out of it. Our national productivity lives in a world of fallacy. Folks seriously believe that the more they work the better they and the nation are. This is totally false. Most folks that truly need to work more hours do so out of a wage issue not a productivity issue. If ones wage is too low to deal with the cost of one’s life the logical conclusion is one needs to make more money. In some ways this is true in itself but it isn’t correct to view the solution in such a one dimensional manner. Although wages should indeed increase we need to get away from the two earner household mentality,the 40+ hour week mindset and shatter the the insidious industry that has grown to facilitate us all working to an early death.

These ramblings may rate as the very last thing you’d expect to hear from a right of center guy. Well they’re here and they’re staying. I also have solution sets in my head though. I’m a big fan of FTE (full-time equivalent) manipulation,job sharing and benefits pooling. I am a firm and faithful believer in benefits portability,voluntary privatization of a % of a workers SS benefits and of course I believe we need to touch the Third Rails of entitlements.

Some other things I am a fan of include:

Wage controls during states of emergency. Sorry folks but if soldiers and sailors suffice civvies can too.

Collective bargaining agreements without unions. I think this is something we should really embrace and that it wouldn’t be too hard to do.At a minimum I think this system should replace the public sector scheme. Thats right,I believe it is wrong to have civil servants unionized.The current system all too clearly reveals that these folks first loyalty is to their unions. This is a clear obstacle to the function of their jobs. With that said these folks should have clear work expectations and a degree of assurance that they are respected as professionals with clearly outlined compensation guidelines.

Full-time employment defined as 35 hours worked

Generous time off allotments. I think the six Federals are good but should include some extras that cut across the spectrum. Day after Thanksgiving,OFF. Day after Christmas,OFF. 4 weeks vacation,MANDATED

Don’t know if anyone will find this shocking or not. I do know these are areas I regret not covering/exploring more here at in2thefray.



  1. Rutherford says:

    The Europeans (gasp!) have a much more sensible attitude toward vacation/time off. Have you read anything vis-a-vis their productivity vs ours?

  2. Alfie says:

    Yes I have. We have a slight edge but this is almost assuredly due to our levels of mechanization and our “knowledge economy” aspects. The flip side is arguable aspects of quality of life and family functionality as well as general health.
    Also let me be clear on my schedule points. One of the reasons I’m such a proponent of those is that they work really well at addressing unemployment and serving as a benefit to employees. My better half teamed up with a colleague when our second was born. The thing was beautiful and benefitted the newborns to no end.

  3. Rutherford says:

    I was a huge skeptic about “job sharing” when I first heard about it but it has been done on a very limited basis at my old company with some success.

  4. Alfie says:

    It has obvious applications and limitations. I just think it can be a great component to solving a pretty complicated issue.

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