Are Retailers Destroying Tradition?

I'm a free market guy, but it is clear retailers have gone over the edge when it comes to the "shopping season" and its unveiling to the people. Some would say that this is just a ploy by big retailers to get an extra buck while trying to gain an advantage over the early online shoppers, all this while most Americans have less money to spend while living in a flailing economy.

This year I saw Christmas displays going up mid October at a few local retailers, while big corporate radio stations spin nothing but holiday tunes from Burl Ives to the Ramones. It seems that by November 1st the Santa Claus blitzkrieg is in full force so that by the time Christmas morning arrives, we are just plain sick of the whole thing. The shopping, the lists, the gifts, the exchanging, the cooking, the eating, the cards, the lame radio, even lamer television programming, stupid work parties...all of it.

The real problem here is that the retailers have forgotten who really makes the operations run, and that is the workers on the ground. Not all celebrate the holiday, but many do and in some cases are required to work shifts, some beginning in the afternoon of Thanksgiving day.

I like the idea of Chick Fil A, where they close on Sunday so that all of their workers can have at least one day off to spend with their families. What a revolutionary idea.

Retailers need to get a clue when it comes to the holidays. The span of time between Thanksgiving and New Years is hectic enough. Piling on your workers to spend those holidays working instead of at home with their friends and families is not only short sighted, but inconsiderate of traditions.

Additional reading. Enjoy!    


Daily Job Cuts

Check this link daily to see more companies that are laying off workers or closing stores, shops etc.

Daily Job Cuts


"My main focus is to create jobs for the middle class.."

Now that the smoke has cleared after what is going to be the most important election of our generation, the companies laying off or firing workers due to the regulations in Obamacare are starting to pile up...lets see if we can keep a running tally.

The following is courtesy of theblaze.com

Energizer -
The St. Louis-based company said Thursday that it expects to shed about 1,500 employees. When finished, the restructuring should lead to $200 million in pretax yearly savings, Energizer said. It aims to have most of its restructuring steps finished by the end of September 2014.

• Exide Technologies -
Exide Technologies announced Thursday that it will be idling its lead-recycling operations in Laureldale and laying off 150 workers, effective no later than March 31.

Westinghouse -
Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for shutting down Anniston’s chemical weapons incinerator, has reduced its workforce by another 50 employees.

Research in Motion Limited -
Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company who did not want to be named.

Lightyear Network Solutions -
More than one dozen employees at a Pikeville company lost their jobs this week. Officials with Lightyear Network Solutions said they are consolidating offices in Louisville and Pikeville to save money.

Providence Journal -
The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees.

Hawker Beechcraft -
The company says 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Boeing (30% of their management staff) -
Boeing Co. said Wednesday it plans to employ 30% fewer executives at its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit by the end of 2012 compared to 2010 levels.

CVPH Medical Center -
CVPH Medical Center has handed pink slips to 17 employees. The layoffs — nine in management and eight hourly staffers — are part of an effort to “help bolster the hospital’s financial position in 2013 and beyond,” a press release said.

US Cellular -
The move will result in 980 job cuts at U.S. Cellular, with 640 in the Chicago area, according to a spokeswoman. The cuts are slightly under 12 percent of the approximately 8,400 total employees U.S. Cellular had at the end of the third quarter.

Momentive Performance Materials -
About 150 workers at Sistersville’s Momentive Performance Materials plant will be temporarily laid off later this month, officials said this week.

• Rocketdyne -
About 100 employees at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, most of whom work in the San Fernando Valley, were laid off Wednesday in response to dwindling government spending on space exploration, the company said. The layoffs were effective immediately, and 75 percent of them came at the facilities on Canoga and De Soto avenues, which employ about 1,100 people. The company has six sites across the Valley.

Brake Parts -
The leader of an automotive parts plant in Lincoln County has told state officials that there are plans to lay off 75 workers starting in late December…The layoffs are expected to start Dec. 28 and continue in the first quarter of 2013
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) is seeking to sell a stake of as much as 20 percent and said it’s reducing headcount by 3,000 to raise the staff cuts by the biggest wind turbine maker to almost a third over two years.

Husqvarna -
Husqvarna AB (HUSQB), the world’s biggest maker of powered garden tools, plans to cut about 600 jobs in a move that will save 220 million kronor ($33 million) a year by 2014.

Center for Hospice New York -
The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care plans to temporarily lay off as many as 40 employees next year as it embarks on a major renovation of the inpatient unit at its Cheektowaga campus.

Bristol-Meyers -
Bristol-Myers Squibb is following up its lackluster third-quarter results with almost 480 layoffs. As Pharmalot reports, the company notified the New Jersey government that it would scale back in Plainsboro, which means the cuts will hit its sales operations.

OCE North America -
Trumbull printer- and scanning-equipment provider Oce North America, Inc. will lay off 135 workers in three Connecticut communities, including East Hartford, according to its notice with the state Labor Department.

• Darden Restaurants -
The company, which was among those who had received an Obamacare waiver in the past, is looking to limit workers to 28 hours per week. A full time employee that is required to have health insurance (lest the employer pay a fine) works 30 hours per week, as defined by the Obamacare law.

• West Ridge Mine -
In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″ and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

United Blood Services Gulf -
United Blood Services Gulf South region, the non-profit blood service provider for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, will lay off approximately 10 percent of its workforce. It was a hard decision to make according to Susan Begnaud, Regional Center Director for the Gulf South region.
A layoff is tough enough for employees to deal with, imagine hearing the crushing news that your office is shutting down just before Thanksgiving and Christmas…  Here are some of the business closings that were announced in just the past two days:


"I've been workin', one eyed dollar..."

The past few days Ive been thinking about this unfinished work...time to get busy.

Still politics, more pop-culture and whatever the hell else I feel like talking about.

So now that I've read the back log its barely grazing the surface of the mire we have walked right into as a country. So many of you fools thought it was time for some lame ass, utopian orgy where everyone was going to come together collectively and see eye to eye...no more hatred or wars or bigotry and loads of prosperity...

Well, none of that has happened...just the exact opposite as the country is ever more divided and polarized and at the verge, it seems, of bursting at the seams into a class/race war all propagated by the media and the  subversive tactics of a far left, Marxist at best, neophyte groomed and elected only to carry out the agenda of the Communist Elite.

...time for another episode of Threes Company, followed by Too Close For Comfort...that Monroe is such a card.