On I 'Leaned In' at My Nanny Job—and Got Fired

@Brenden Sovie@facebook I disagree. You are right that this person is not in a position to ask for sick leave or get a salary, it's hourly work and you get paid for how long you are there. I think that the employer should have given a straightforward response, a yes or no. If she was not willing to negotiate on pay she should have been clear about that instead of just firing the writer via e-mail. I think that the employer sounds like a lot of people I have dealt with in above-board and under the table service jobs I have held (dog walking, house sitting, food service, receptionist). A lot of people tend to think of people in service positions as servants. It is an entitled attitude and very demeaning and just because it is common does not make it ok. I do think the writer could have gone about asking for a pay raise or more regular schedule in a better way, but I think that she is right in that the employer is a bit deluded when she says she treated her "like family."

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On Moving 15 Blocks To My Own Place Cost $2550+ I am THRILLED

Those setbacks, ugh! I think every apartment I move into there is something that just hasn't been done. For example, the first off-campus housing I moved into during college was an ancient house and the day we got there we realized that the 2nd floor bathroom floor, which supposedly was repaired earlier in the summer, was still rotted through. 1 month of only having 1 bathroom for 4 people. I'm moving into a new apartment next week and thankfully scheduled an overlap with my old one, which is a few miles away. Looking forward to a very low stress and less expensive move!

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm 0

On A Wal-Mart Manager Talks About His Experience

@amaeve I know I'm late, but the big thing I worry about with this new move and the previous extension of health care coverage to more workers, is that companies will simply hire a few more people and cut everyone's hours. I guess that would lead to more people having jobs, but then they may not work as many hours ever because higher management is trying to save money. When I waited tables I would get sent home as soon as I reached 30 hours because I was too close to overtime. It was so frustrating, too because I usually wanted to work more.

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm 0

On The Cost of a Car Accident

@Susan Tidebeck A vaccine lot number probably would be on the vial or on the shipping information for that pharmacy, but is also sometimes on the consent form. The pharmacists or nurses should know this, it is all part of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which has more information and you can search the frequency of adverse events. To be honest, though, adverse events are not common and serious adverse events leading to disability or death are extremely, extremely rare. VAERS is here: https://vaers.hhs.gov/index Not to downplay the discomfort you experienced, but your reaction could be due to the vaccine or due to something else. You should have gotten a Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) with a list of possible side effects, when to go to the hospital, and what an adverse event might be. I know that I always have some achiness, headache, and tiredness for a few days after I get my flu vaccine. But then I get to gloat when all my co-workers are out sick a month later :) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 9:37 am 0

On Growing Up with Rich Kids Made Me Feel Rich, Too

Atlanta is ridiculously stratified. In terms of wealth distribution it is probably like any other city, but structurally it is very divided.Where I live, there are lots of doctors and lawyers and BMWs and people who are probably actually middle class. If you drive 15 minutes away, there are a lot of Latino immigrants and Vietnamese immigrants and the area is economically depressed. Drive another 20 minutes and you are in the swankiest suburbs with tennis courts and waterfalls and ridiculous golf courses. If you are in one of these bubbles, it is hard to interact with the others. Unlike other cities in the US, there is not a lot of mingling among the classes here. Also, I think I work with some kids that go to the school the author went to and they are almost all mini-frat bros/sorority gals and if you ask them where they are considering going to school they rattle off a list of Ivy League schools. And the school costs more than my out of state public university tuition cost.

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

On WWYD: Free Chocolate! (In Exchange for Snitching)

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 am 0

On The Thing to Read This Weekend is: "Bitter Pill"

@Kokuanani Schwartz@facebook I know it is not the same thing, but a book by the name of "The Healing of America" by T.R. Reid is about pre-Obamacare healthcare in the US as compared to other countries. A fast and interesting read. Our system is a mess, and there are a lot of reasons for that aside from the free-market and for-profit insurance companies aspects. If you want to read an old but respectable book on that subject, check out "The Social Transformation of American Medicine" by Paul Starr. You will never look at the AMA the same again.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm 0

On Don't Get a PhD, Says Person With PhD

@Mae I'm doing an Masters in Public Health, which is a really handy degree for working in non-profits, government agencies, education, social justice areas, research, and so much more. I completely agree with a lot of other commenters, grad school is rough. For some reason, maybe having known masters students over the years, I went into it thinking it would be interesting and exciting. And it is, some days. Other days it is a slog through subject areas I am not that interested in. I'm in the thick of it now, so we will see how it works out. And one caveat, though not a lot of people get a PhD in public health, a lot of people in my area get another degree, too (MD, BSN/RN, MSW, PA, DVM, MSed are common).

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 1:46 am 0

On Betting on Love, Leveling Up and Leaving Atlanta (Part V)

@Emma Peel I love love love YDFM! The spices cost very little for the amount and quality. The produce is pretty good, and they have a lot of variety. If you need cheap food go there or to one of the Asian marts ( H mart, Great Wall) that are North. I'm new to the area and can't quite remember where they are, one is in Duluth I think?

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm 0

On Rabies Made Me The Socialist I Am Today

@Alex Shepard@facebook One of the challenges of developing a universal healthcare system is switching the burden of care from specialty providers to general practitioners and community health clinics staffed by nurses and NPs. Unfortunately in the US there are not enough GPs or nurses to successfully transition, and the American Medical Association has not helped anything by lobbying for restrictions on nurse practitioners. That is one issue, another is the lack of funding for public health that makes it difficult to effectively implement preventive care measures. The ACA is, possibly, a step in the right direction, but it will not succeed without further reforms. This process is not a one shot issue, it will take years, possibly decades, before we have improved our system. Personally, I think that the for-profit insurance industry is worthless and we should get rid of them, or at least make sure that they are providing useful insurance plans that actually help people. But that is not to say that costs in other areas don't need to come down, including physicians salaries. We also need to change our attitude towards health, as a country.

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