47 thoughts on “Let Workers Take Monday Off”

  1. I’m down with moving to a 3 day weekend. Now if only my workaholic wife (and boss) would agree…hell would freeze over, the earth would reverse its spin on its axis and cats would lie down with dogs. 

  2. Federal pandemic unemployment benefits expire nationwide – Marketplace

    For the first time in the year and a half since the pandemic began, there are no more federal pandemic unemployment benefits. About half of states had already pulled out of some or all of those programs to try to get more people to go back to work. But they’ve now expired nationwide.

    That means no more unemployment benefits for gig workers and the self-employed, no more extra $300 a week and no more extended benefits for people who’ve been unemployed for a long time.

    More than 7.5 million people were still getting those pandemic unemployment benefits that just expired.


  3. pogo, make a deal with her that you’ll do ALL the housework on those 3 days off.  bet she’ll fall for it.

  4. from the balance:

    The current U.S. unemployment rate was 5.2% in August 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said in its monthly report, released September 3, 2021. This unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than in July.
    Unemployment is one of the most critical economic issues facing the country as it balances re-opening with safety more than a year into the pandemic. In April 2020, after federal and local governments shut down the economy, the unemployment rate reached 14.8%, the highest since the Great Depression.3 While August 2021’s unemployment rate is lower, it’s still higher than pre-pandemic levels (3.5% with 5.7 million unemployed in February 2020).

  5. A great idea from the WaPo editorial board. Today honor the front line pandemic workers. 

    “Every single day doing the same thing over and over again, and you just never think there’s going to be an end.” So commented a critical care nurse at a Florida hospital facing a surge in hospitalizations of covid-19 patients. “They are all super sick, intubated, sedated and on their bellies, it’s disheartening,” said another intensive-care nurse. “Tired, overworked and overwhelmed” was how a director of emergency medical services in Florida described hospital staff, reporting “we’re working really hard: working overtime, working late hours and taking on more than normal because we don’t have a choice.”

    For 18 long, hard months, these workers have been on the front lines in the country’s fight against the coronavirus. They have been joined by people who deliver groceries, cook meals, pick up trash, patrol streets, clean hospitals and care for the frail. Despite the hardships and health risks, they do their jobs, day in and day out, too often for little pay and few benefits. As Labor Day is celebrated Monday — with the pandemic sadly far from vanquished — these essential workers should be remembered and honored above all.


    Oh, and screw those who are still antis.

  6. Patd,  She’d know that I’d never hold up my end of that deal. Now I would agree to do all the cooking and she might buy that. 

  7. To re-cap…….America from 1948 to 2021  is an eternally re-occurring case of Lucy pulling away the football at the pivotal moment.

  8. Also, I keep hearing the word “holiday” bandied about….I thought  holiday was painter-talk for “missed a spot”.  

  9. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/five-hour-work-day-benefits/

    “Employees at the tech agency arrive at 8 a.m., work with a minimum of interruptions, and leave at 1 p.m. after a five-hour burst of condensed, optimized productivity.“

    Meetings are a time suck, even when they are virtual. Still, I don’t know how it can all get done in less than eight hours and five, full days.

    We have been understaffed for years and it is not an efficient way to do business. We are all constantly changing hats; one of them is a helmet when we put out any one of a dozen, little fires each day. We have all, in my company, taken on responsibilities as others have left or been let go. Wages have not kept up with the cost of living. Due to the pandemic, there was no increase this year; last year, wages and salaries were cut. Employers will get away with what they can; wages, benefits, hours, safety, it all has to be legislated.

    Spain’s Four-Day Work Week Is a Game Changer

    “Tejero believes the benefits of shifting away from the Monday to Friday, 9-to-5 status quo could be profound and wide-ranging: improving employee wellbeing, reducing carbon emissions, increasing gender equality and raising productivity. “The key is flexibility,”

    Grandparents Watching the Kids? Your Job Could Be Paying Them

    “The pandemic caused mass closures of child care centers, putting a focus on just how weak the existing structures for care really are. “

    “…allows parents to screen and book sitters in their area for last-minute care through an app. Parents can also add their own existing sitters — siblings, parents, friends — to the database and help them get paid for all the care they would typically perform for free. The service is paid for by parents’ employers, who partner with Helpr to subsidize the care as a work benefit.“

    We lost employees who had to homeschool kids last year. One was able to bring her child to the office, but not everyone can work from home.

  10. flex hours and shared positions not only help parents/caregivers manage their day better but also spread out and thin commuter traffic

  11. bink, hear anything yet on your covid test?  is the one you took calibrated to identify if it was flu or something else in case the test showed negative for covid?  also what is the success rate for the kind of test you took? 

  12. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/06/03/pandemics-have-long-created-labor-shortages-heres-why/

    “It seems more likely that a confluence of factors — health concerns, caregiving responsibilities, career changes and, yes, a desire for higher wages — is driving labor shortages.”

    “…with so few workers left, survivors “could scarcely be persuaded to serve the eminent unless for triple wages.” Lords were forced to work their own fields and serve their own meals. The chronicler noted that laborers, meanwhile, could turn down employment offers, thanks to the alms given out at funerals. “

    It’s not just my company, but our vendors are also dealing with a labor shortage. Especially sparse, truck drivers to haul goods around the country or across town. Wages have not increased everywhere, nor to the level needed to be considered fair and gainful employment.

  13. We were supposed to have more time, but we don’t.  What about a basic, living income, including for those who are also working for pay? How would you spend your time?

    Last year, I was furloughed for six weeks. I walked, stared at the lake and thought until there were no more thoughts to think, and, painted one, anemic watercolor. Every day was the same, but in a way that every, routine day at the office is not.

    Retire? No. I’d like to do something more enjoyable, collaborative, meaningful and lucrative, though.


    “We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.“

    When One City Gave People Cash, They Went Out and Got Jobs

    The Surprising Lives of Germany’s ‘Basic Income’ Raffle Winners

  14. I think I’d rather have Wednesdays off, if we went to a four-day workweek. Wednesday would be for errands and decompressing. Three-day weekends are fine once in awhile, but I’d get bored unless I travelled.

    Later this month, I’ll be taking my first real vacation in eleven years. Masked days and nights, hoping my friends and I all stay healthy, but busy, busy, busy. I’ve never really relaxed on a vacation.

  15. Wednesdays off

    That’s the kind of “outside-the-box” thinking i was talking about, nice one 💪
    Ok, have a good holiday if you’re having one✌️

  16. What about shift work? When I was 21, I worked nights for a few months. Eleven pm to seven am was physically devastating (and I was young), so what if nurses and others who work odd hours? Wouldn’t it be better to split the difference? Who came up with these crazy shift schedules?

  17. hear ya, bink.  health nation says a PCR is the gold standard test. they also said a bunch of other stuff, but this made me think maybe it was a good thing you had to wait to find a test:

    It is important to note that you should get tested five to 10 days after exposure. If you test yourself too soon, you might come up with a false negative. This means that you may very well have the virus, it just hasn’t had a chance to produce enough of a presence in your body for the test to pick it up.


    but time now for a musical interlude to take our minds off the pandemic, the unemployed and football.

  18. My dad’s nursing home has gone to window visits only. He picked a bad time to go there to rehab from his stay in hospital.

  19. I want to see the Tammy Faye and Jim Baker movie.  They had quite a cottage industry going there. 

  20. Statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Regarding Texas SB8 | OPA | Department of Justice

    The U.S. Department of Justice today issued the following statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland regarding Texas SB8: 

    “While the Justice Department urgently explores all options to challenge Texas SB8 in order to protect the constitutional rights of women and other persons, including access to an abortion, we will continue to protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services pursuant to our criminal and civil enforcement of the FACE Act, 18 U.S.C. § 248.

    “The FACE Act prohibits the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services. It also prohibits intentional property damage of a facility providing reproductive health services. The department has consistently obtained criminal and civil remedies for violations of the FACE Act since it was signed into law in 1994, and it will continue to do so now.

    “The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic or reproductive health center is under attack. We have reached out to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and FBI field offices in Texas and across the country to discuss our enforcement authorities. 

    “We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services, physical obstruction or property damage in violation of the FACE Act.”

    If you have an incident, concern, or questions, please contact the FBI at FBI.gov/tips or through the complaint portal civilrights.justice.gov.

  21. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/06/politics/california-recall-newsom-union-workers/index.html

    “In Los Angeles County, where Newsom rallied on Sunday, the entire affiliation of labor unions through the AFL-CIO has spent at least $2 million to protect Newsom…”

    My aunt was a secretary who belonged to the Longshoreman Union. She made better money than anyone in the family.

    On the other hand, you have right-to-work (for as little as possible) states like Texas.

    I keep telling the family in California about the misdeeds of Greg Abbott, and, how lucky they are to have Newsome. It’s doubtful they voted no on the recall, though.

  22. The sliver lining in all this grief.  The guys that pump out port-a-pottys  are getting a raise . 
    Reopen the schools ! 
    There is a huge shortage of bus drivers , and lunch ladies. 
    The people that used to grease  the wheels of the American economy have had a chance to rethink their lot in life. 
    The other sliver lining  is the 52 card pick-up.  The old order is dead .
    Something I just barely caught  yesterday –
    Since 1979 , CEO pay is up 940 % .  The minimum wage rose by 12 %. 
    Now there’s an issue to run on in 2021 .

  23. OM – Elizabeth Warren, in part, ran on that issue.

    Happy New Year to those to whom it applies/who celebrate.

  24. https://www.cnn.com/style/article/telosa-marc-lore-blake-ingels-new-city/index.html

    “Cities that have been built to date from scratch are more like real estate projects,” Lore said in a promotional video for the project. “They don’t start with people at the center. Because if you started with people at the center, you would immediately think, ‘OK, what’s the mission and what are the values?’

    “A so-called “15-minute city design” will allow residents to access their workplaces, schools and amenities within a quarter-hour commute of their homes.“

  25. OM – My great-grandmother came from Denmark when she was about 13.  She lived on a church-funded, welfare farm in Denmark.  When she got to Chicago, she was put to work in a garment factory. Her older sister found some shirt tail relatives who had a farm and sent her there to work. They were not good to her. I may be doing the jobs of three people for one, depressed wage, but it still beats what her work life.

  26. The American school year –
    That is based on when children were needed to chop weeds in a corn field. 
    My grandfather pulled my father out of the 8th grade so he could run a two row planter ,and a mule on 10 acres of bottom land on the Red River.  
    My dad never went back.  I  am sure he was reading at 5th grade level .
    It was one  of his secrets , I was a much older man when realized what his father had done to him. 
    It was the peak of the Depression, 10 acres of corn was a big deal. 

  27. I am wondering about all those folks in Louisiana that are dying in this crazy heat .  They are victims  as well of Ida. 
    How many times  will we stand for old people dying in ware houses  .  Laying in their own shit and urine ?  Pleading  for water .

  28. I worked a 4 day week, 4- 10’s .
    A ten hour day lets you finish things you never dreamed of. 
    The first day off you recover , the next 2 you bond with your family. 
    I agree with Blue that Wednesday off is  pure insight into who we are. 

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