"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-06-2017, 10:14 PM   #21
Head Chef
 
rodentraiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Puget Sound, WA
Posts: 1,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by skilletlicker View Post
Not in "right-to-work" states." More should be said but Fiona would get mad at me.
As I said, this was in the 80s and it was in California.

Quote:
Originally Posted by caseydog View Post

The worst cashiers I have found are at my local Walmart. But, these are people who earn so little, they need food stamps to buy their own groceries.

CD
Interesting you should say that. Back in 2014, Walmart listed changes to food stamps as a risk factor for the profits in their stores. I wonder how they're viewing the current soon-to-be changes.

For The First Time Walmart Annual Report Cites Changes To Food Stamps ‘And Other Public Assistance Plans’ As A Risk Factor
__________________

__________________

------------------------
I cook because my pots and pans are the closest thing to a chemistry experiment that I have. So far I haven't blown up the kitchen!
rodentraiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2017, 10:54 PM   #22
Master Chef
 
Sir_Loin_of_Beef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Posts: 5,839
Quote:
Originally Posted by RPCookin View Post
I guess that I'm lucky that my only full size grocery is Walmart. I'm never disappointed by the cashiers there, because I don't expect them to know very much. That said, I almost always use the self-checkout, so I'm inputting my own items.
Around here the only requirement for a cashier is to be bilingual.
__________________

__________________
If you love something, set it free. If it doesn't come back, HUNT IT DOWN AND KILL IT!
Sir_Loin_of_Beef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 12:01 AM   #23
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 19,768
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
As I said, this was in the 80s and it was in California.
You said that usually grocery store checkers are in a union; you didn't specify where.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 12:40 AM   #24
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 19,845
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roll_Bones View Post
Or the "right to work for less" state!

I interviewed for a job the Senior Broadcast Engineer at WINK TV in Ft Meyers years ago. It would have been essentially the same job that I do now except that I would be in charge of running the entire station from top to bottom with a small staff. Maybe 2 or 3 other guys.


Florida is one of those right to work states, so I wasn't sure what they were going to offer as far as a salary goes. Everything went well until the matter of money came up.

To put it simply, they offered me for a yearly salary what I make here by the middle of March. Interview over.
__________________
The next time someone asks what you did this past weekend, squint really hard and say, "Why, what did you hear?"
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 05:58 AM   #25
Executive Chef
 
medtran49's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,183
It could have been because it was a small station with a small budget also. But could have also been because of corporate mentality regarding cost of living in FL, draw of the nice weather, i.e. no snow, ice, and/or the right to work, or a combo. In the late 90s, early 2000s, I was working for a large corporation, think the #3 and an alphabet letter. One of the positions I worked in was being eliminated in our office so they offered the youngest and newest person (and her boyfriend who worked in a different dept) a transfer to corp hdq. Along with the transfer came HUGE raises for both of them. When they asked why, they were told cost of living was more and the weather.
__________________
medtran49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 06:50 AM   #26
Master Chef
 
CraigC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5,609
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roll_Bones View Post
Or the "right to work for less" state!
Back in the mid 2000's, I did a survey on a mega yacht at a shipyard in San Diego, CA. The workers were all union. My observation was that they worked maybe 15 to 20 minutes out of each hour. I had always thought that the local shipyards were slow until that experience. I also remember those little series they did on Ford workers, going to bars while on shift and not clocking out.

So, I'll rephrase that for you. "The right to work less for more states"
__________________
If you're gonna make a Key Lime pie, you have to use real Key Limes!
CraigC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 01:19 PM   #27
Head Chef
 
rodentraiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Puget Sound, WA
Posts: 1,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by GotGarlic View Post
You said that usually grocery store checkers are in a union; you didn't specify where.
I'm not sure if Safeway is a nationwide store or not. I do know they're in several states and my assumption would be that if they were a union store in one state, they'd have to be a union store in all the states they have stores in. Isn't that usually how it goes?
__________________

------------------------
I cook because my pots and pans are the closest thing to a chemistry experiment that I have. So far I haven't blown up the kitchen!
rodentraiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 02:20 PM   #28
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 19,768
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
I'm not sure if Safeway is a nationwide store or not. I do know they're in several states and my assumption would be that if they were a union store in one state, they'd have to be a union store in all the states they have stores in. Isn't that usually how it goes?
No. Different states have different laws regarding what unions can do. I grew up in Michigan, which is a strong union state; my dad was a teacher and the teachers' union negotiated contracts and working conditions for the teachers.

Here in Virginia, the teachers' union isn't allowed to do that. My husband started teaching in 1991 and has never joined the union because there is no real benefit to him for the dues he would have to pay. The school system offers each individual a contract and a salary and you take it or leave it. There's no collective bargaining.

The only strong unions in this state that I'm aware of are the trades related to shipbuilding and the maritime industry.
__________________
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 03:15 PM   #29
Head Chef
 
skilletlicker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,323
I have lived in California, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Texas, and Tennessee and temporarily resided several other places. Of those, all but California are "right-to-work" states. I got my first full-time job in the late 60s. In those days, like these, companies wanted to keep unions out. Beginning in the 40s, when most "right-to-work" legislation was passed, many of them employed a strategy of paying employees wages and benefits that took the incentive out of voting for union representation. I have never belonged to a union but still benefited by working for a few companies that structured plans to prevent unions from coming in. Nowadays companies employ less expensive strategies that don't benefit their employees. In fact, I believe, they intentionally do them harm in order to deplete what little labor power remains in our economic system.

I wish I could talk more about the relationship between the history described above and income inequality, but I don't know how to do that without introducing politics into the conversation and I understand and don't disagree with this forums policy of prohibiting such discussion.
__________________
"'Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." - Michael Pollan

Old bachelor cook
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 04:10 PM   #30
Head Chef
 
caseydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Dallas
Posts: 1,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
I'm not sure if Safeway is a nationwide store or not. I do know they're in several states and my assumption would be that if they were a union store in one state, they'd have to be a union store in all the states they have stores in. Isn't that usually how it goes?
There used to be a lot of Safeway branded stores in Texas. They closed most of them. However, they do own other chains here. In the Dallas Area, Tom Thumb stores are owned by Safeway. The Randall's stores in Houston are also owned by Safeway.

I can use my Tom Thumb reward card in Safeway stores, and my Kroger card in a number of other stores around the country, including Ralph's on my frequent trips to California. Kroger owns about a dozen store chains. Who knows how many store chains Safeway owns.

CD
__________________

__________________
Everyone has a talent they don't know about, until tequila.
caseydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.