January 22, 2015
Quote of the Day: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
He Had a Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. day is different this time. Racial tension rises and MLK day takes on a new meaning. Ferguson.
Why Does it Matter?
“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July,” asked Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852. And, “What, to the Black American, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,” asks Chris Lebron on January 18, 2015 in the New York Times. It is right to celebrate the man because he was a hero who died for his cause. But it is wrong to celebrate the end of racism in America.
Martin Luther King, Jr. moved the needle. But we aren’t done yet.
Apple and Google Finally Agree on Something
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe agreed to settle a wage fixing class action brought by Silicon Valley technology workers. The suit claims that Steve Jobs created a cartel that illegally limited the salaries of technology workers.
The case covers 64,000 Silicon Valley technology workers who each are owed as much as $100,000 each. The companies, as usual, deny the allegations but at the same time have offered hundreds of millions to settle the case. They previously agreed to settle the case for $324.5 million, but Federal Judge Lucy Koh rejected the deal. Now the companies have increased the amount to $415 million and filed a second request for approval last week. We still do not know if Judge Koh will approve it this time. Under this deal, each class member will get $5,200. Not bad, but it’s still pretty light because each class member is technically owed a lot more, possibly as much as $100,000 each. Class members care if you are wondering…
We think Apple and Google should buy a Tesla for every class member, just sayin’
What to Think when the Academy Awards Cannot Spell the Name of an African-American Actress ….
“SELMA” – snubbed by the Oscars not just for acting, but also for directing. Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song. Seriously, Best Original Song?? MLK day earlier this week, the recent Ferguson Verdict, “I Can’t Breath,” and The Academy couldn’t seem to find a place for Selma? Seems odd, no? Are they worried about racial riots on the red carpet? Party dresses getting ruined? Or is it because the Oscars gave too many statues to black actors last year for “12 Years A Slave?” 9 nominations for “Birdman” and 9 for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – come on, Mr. Academy! And the Oscar goes to the best whitey… Maybe 2016 will be the year of diversity – LOL!? Seems it is one year for African-American actors and the next three to four years for the Caucasians. Maybe the Lego man will make an African-American Oscar for Selma as they certainly deserve several statues. Jump back in time a bit, Denzel Washington winning an Oscar for being a dirty cop in 2001 in Training Day and Cuba Gooding, Jr. winning an Oscar in 1996 for Jerry Maguire? Note the timing between the black actor wins and the whitey wins – hmmm… What has happened to the Oscars and their rating or lack there of – clearly it’s gone downhill. Selma’s actors not even nominated – a crying shame…
What to Think when You Hear “Raise the Minimum Wage.”
Governor Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage in New York State to $10.50 and NYC to $11.50. Go Cuomo!!! I’m on the Cuomo team if I’m a working for the man. Hold onto your hat, it may not happen until the end of 2015. Will Cuomo be able to actually raise the wage? Does he have permission from his Republican counterparts? Isn’t that always the major roadblock? If you are a small business owner, you may feel differently. Raising the wage might lead to fewer job opportunities. The businesses will be dealing with larger overhead costs from higher wages. There is always the plus side to this, too, that we haven’t discussed yet: a student loan forgiveness plan. Pay attention students (and parents) – you, too, could benefit in the long run.
What to Think when Tom Colicchio’s Delivery Workers File a Wage Suit
Two female delivery workers at Witchcraft sued Colicchio claiming they have been cheated out of tips and overtime pay. And they describe a hostile work environment where they are routinely referred to as “bitch” and “whore.” So be nice to the delivery people and give them a nice tip next time you order take out from Witchcraft. You never know what “special sauce” might be added to your delivery if you aren’t kind and dole out a few extra dollars. It’s certainly worth it for you!
Take Your Asshat Off and Be You
“Use it or lose it” vacation policies are legal in New York and California so use it, if you got it.