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I have been reading your blog for about a week and finding it very kind and thoughtful. I am new the world of blogging and have been exploring blogs I can relate to through TGB. Thanks. (I envy you the backyard wildlife; I have only squirrels and birds and a few neighbor's cats)


Many retail companies have limited employees to 32 hours per week so that they do not have to pay any benefits - sick pay, holidays, health insurance. This has been going on for well over forty years. And we're not talking mom-and-pop stores, we're talking large corporations like Safeway, King Soopers, Kroger, Dillons, WalMart, K-Mart.

Now that the unemployment rate is high, many more companies are utilizing this method to cut costs and improve their profit margins. They all seem to operate on the premise that one warm body can easily replace another warm body, so, if you don't like it, leave. There are many others waiting to take your place.

And now, with the higher unemployment rate, the few remaining manufacturers in this country want to kick out the unions so that they can follow the same way.

The repercussions of the 2008 Depression will be felt for many years to come and women in this country will have to work two or even three jobs without benefits for many, many years to come. Thank heaven they may be able to get low-cost health insurance for their families with the new ACA. Their employers sure aren't offering it.

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