Not All Values Start With A Dollar Sign

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Today my daughter called and told me the managers and senior workers at her Little Caesars quit She has been working at the pizza shop for nearly a month. She was distraught! She was like mom “I am the only worker who has any experience,” she went on to explain the remaining workers were newer than she was.

I told her to ask the person with the most experience to move to the cash register and she needed to put her culinary skills to work. She works the kitchen. She went on to explain why the three managers and two other coworkers walked off.

They felt like it wasn’t fair that their location was paid minimum wage while the other location was getting ten dollars per hour. She wanted to know if she should quit too. I asked her to think about the business , and how those new workers needed her. Two hours later she is still trying to make it work for all of the workers remaining.

Actions talk louder than words, but those actions need to be positive.

Homeless Due To Covid-19

In the coming weeks some people in the state of Texas and other states will start losing their shelter. These people have been hit hard by COVID-19, and now their situation will go from grim to unimaginable. If ever there was a time for a basic universal income in the United States the time would be now. In some cases, jobs go hand in hand with shelter. Getting a job depends on location, money, availability and transportation. If just one of those four items are found lacking, it diminishes the possibility for the applicant to advance.

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Not only does it diminish the possibility for advancement, but it also creates other problems such as neglect charges being filed, mental health concerns, and safety. It was always difficult to investigate neglect charges due to poverty. In some cases we would be able to redirect people to shelters, food pantries, help supply money for rent, but now a lot of those places are hurting for funding. My fear as an ex investigator, domestic violence advocate, and mental health worker is that we are now moving into dangerous territory. Truth be told, we have been there for a while.

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If cities allow evictions to continue when we are facing such unforgiving hardships, we will see spikes across the board in all sectors of abuse. We already know since the shelter in place started there were spikes in domestic violence, well if homeless trends start to pop up people will then be forced into unsafe living conditions. Homeless shelters can be extremely dangerous for people with young children and for women. They are often targeted by sex traffickers and other forms of scams. Child abuse will also increase as it often does is stressful situations.

Some of the people might be lucky enough to have family willing to take them in, but not everyone has family. In some states that are still allowing their residents to draw unemployment, they will be able to see more stability due to those funds. However, states like Texas will have to be very careful in the upcoming months due to the restrictions placed on unemployment benefits. While some of these people might be able to return to work, their hours will not look like they did six months ago. If you are a worker that gets paid by the hour, this could very well be the question of job stability.

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So, this is what opening looks like in Texas. It is a momentarily fix for the state, but a potential downfall for the individuals caught between the virus’s aftermath and transition. If you need more information on how to stop or how to get help with an eviction please read the article below. https://www.kxan.com/investigations/texas-supreme-court-allows-evictions-to-resume-this-week-but-many-renters-are-still-protected/ There might be help for you or someone you know.

George Bush Gives Food To Shocked Furloughed Workers

If you look closely at the picture you can see sadness on some of their faces. Can you even imagine how it feels to know that your family’s life is being put in the balance because your leaders can’t get it together? We are talking about the people who won their states because they promised to look after their people.

This is America and we are acting like some third world country that some of these guys served in. How can anyone in congress sleep at night? How can Trump sleep at night knowing that their inability to get along is causing so many families pain. Our workers are being oppressed and having it sugar coated by being told they will get funds at a later date.

We have important updates being put off due to the shutdown. Earlier I received this message because I signed up for updates. Don’t ask why, just know that when a natural disaster happens, I plan to know.


“Recent Observations: Cascade Range volcanoes remained at background activity levels throughout the week. During the lapse in appropriations, CVO continues to maintain networks and issue updates and notifications of volcanic activity. Volcano monitoring data will continue to available on the CVO website. Some website content will not be updated and information may become outdated. More information about the partial government shutdown is available at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown. ” This email is from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Yellowstone

These are the workers who monitor volcanoes and earthquakes. They monitor Yellowstone National Park which happens to be a super-volcano. With all the movement under Yellowstone and NASA trying to drill holes in it to cool it down, I would think that they need to have someone on it day and night. These are important jobs being held up, such as Homeland Security. Do they not understand that the average person doesn’t have 300000 waiting in their accounts to ward off bills?

Our leaders are not leading.