Job of the Day: NASA Test Subject

Here’s another “Would You Rather:” would you rather not have a job, or spend around 100 days in a NASA bed rest facility watching your muscles decay?

NASA has re-opened its application process for individuals interested in becoming subjects in the CFT 70 Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest study. To quote NASA: “Head down bed rest is a good way to mimic a person traveling in space without gravity.”

And sure, we’re all going to try a little head down bed rest this evening to see if it really feels like floating through space, but only a handful of us are going to apply to spend “70 days lying in bed, with your body slightly tilted downward.” 

The Four-Hour Workday

Nathan Schneider writes about the dying dream of the four-hour work day, which is not to be confused with the Four-Hour Work WEEK, or the Four-Hour Body for that matter, and was once a big rallying cry of the Wobblies.

Seattle: America’s First Large City Approves a $15 Minimum Wage

.@Mayor_Ed_Murray is here! Is he excited about this historic vote? "…Yeah. Tired but happy." pic.twitter.com/se3Wd7lcMd

— Ansel (@Ansel) June 2, 2014

Seattle, Washington’s nine-member City Council unanimously voted to raise the local minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. It won’t happen immediately: The hourly minimum wage will jump to $11 an hour starting next year for large employers like Starbucks, and then according to the Times, “will rise to $15 by 2017 for employers with more than 500 workers that do not provide health insurance, and by 2018 for those large employers who do.”

Two Sides of How Businesses are Dealing With Minimum Wage Increases

The Wall Street Journal has a pretty even-handed examination of how increases in the minimum wage has affected businesses in various cities across the U.S., focusing on San Jose, Calif. where locals voted to increase the minimum wage to $10.15 hour in 2012.

Jimmy John’s Employees File Lawsuit Re: Working Off The Clock

Those of you who know me know that there are a handful of brands I love so much that I shill them perpetually on my favorite social media channels: Fireball whiskey, the Gorilla Workout, Amtrak, and of course Jimmy John’s, home of the best sandwich in the entire world, the Number 6 With Pep.

I order Jimmy John’s more than I care to admit; at $8 for the sandwich and the freaky fast delivery, it’s an extremely justifiable expense, plus there’s a long stupid Proustian thing about how the sandwiches remind me of adult independence and happiness that I just don’t want to get into right now. (To make a long story short: some of my most formative moments occurred in the company of a Jimmy John’s sandwich, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that keeps happening.)

Which is why I regret to inform you that two Jimmy John’s employees have filed a lawsuit against Jimmy John’s, to wit:

Who the Minimum Wage Workers Are

While the president's proposed plan to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 languishes in a divided Congress, the Upshot's Jared Bernstein reports that as many as 34 states may propose minimum wage increases on their ballots this year. Who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage? Bernstein looked at the numbers.

At Long Last: A Dating Site For Communists

So OKComrade is currently a Facebook page, though they hope to turn it into an app soon. It is unfortunately not as tongue-in-cheek as I had hoped. Lots of photos of cats, though.

Job of the Day: Costumed Character in Times Square

The people who dress up as Elmo in Times Square (they are legion) live off of tips, and they're suffering a real loss now that the NYPD has put signs up for tourists, letting them know that photos with the costumed characters are free, and tipping them is optional. As the New York Daily News reports, in response to the informational campaign as well as a legislative proposal, backed by the police commissioner, that would force the characters to register with the city, the people who do this every day for money are making attempts to organize.

What Happens When You Start Earning a Living Wage

Gothamist has really terrific profiles of five of the 1,400 workers at Resorts World Casino who saw their pay double from $10-$12/hour to $20 or more, plus benefits after their union struck a new contract deal for them. Here's Jeannine Nixon, who works at the casino as a customer relations representative.

Women in Favor of Increasing the Minimum Wage

Payscale, a company that provides compensation information, asked 11,000 of its users last December whether they believed the minimum wage should be raised to $15 an hour.