Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 22:43 UTC
Legal "A bill recently introduced in Congress would greatly expand the exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act for IT employees, ending overtime benefits for many more types of workers, including network, database and security specialists." The Democrat senator of North-Carolina has introduced an even worse version of the bill, which specifically exempts database and network specialists and security professionals from overtime benefits. Say, isn't some company building a huge data centre in North-Carolina? I'm sure it's all a coincidence.
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sweatshop america
by fran on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 15:06 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

Don't have enough facts but i have this feeling that in a way the US is slowing moving towards Chinese type working conditions.
Except in China you are generally better off because of the social support structures that a hybrid socialism economy offers like cheap or free housing, inexpensive education ect.

Edited 2011-12-03 15:07 UTC

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RE: sweatshop america
by talaf on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 23:26 in reply to "sweatshop america"
talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

Don't have enough facts but i have this feeling that in a way the US is slowing moving towards Chinese type working conditions.
Except in China you are generally better off because of the social support structures that a hybrid socialism economy offers like cheap or free housing, inexpensive education ect.
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What? Shanghai probably hold some kind of record as far as real estate bubbles go. The difference between the average salary and the price of a decent apartment is crazy.

Believe me, I wouldn't live in China unless paid on a European salary, with benefits from working in a foreign country.

And afaik their social security was abolished some time ago.

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RE[2]: sweatshop america
by fran on Sun 4th Dec 2011 00:42 in reply to "RE: sweatshop america"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

You can have a private real estate bubble alongside a social housing projects. The one does not exclude the other. This is what China is, a hybrid economy.
And no socialism still exist there. Millions of people live in subsided government flats there. Saw a documentary on it not long ago.

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