No Salary, No Benefits, No Sleep: This Is The World’s Toughest Job

Originally posted on TIME:

A company placed this classified ad looking to fill a Director of Operations position.

The job had a mandatory 135+ hours a week of work and required the job holder to be on call at all times, day or night. Qualified candidates should have a knowledge of psychology, medicine, personal finance, culinary arts and basic technology skills. The job also had physical requirements: the ability to stand for hours, lift up to 75 pounds, be constantly moving and operate on little to no sleep.

While the nation’s jobless claims may have dropped to the lowest levels since 2007, 24 people responded to the job posting at Rehtom, Inc., even though the position offered no medical or dental benefits, no pension and no paid holidays, but did offer “infinite opportunities for personal growth and rewards.”

The 24 applicants were interviewed via webcam. That’s when they got the surprise of their life…

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First Legislation offered for 99ers job creation

     Today is March 2, 2014 and for the first time since March 2008.  I have some legislation to talk about for the unemployed forgotten.  This legislation will be the very first bill ever written for this group since the start of the recession for job creation.  I know many democrats will read this and say no President Obama offered a jobs bill that the republicans blocked.  In truth, that bill was only for people who were currently collecting unemployment benefits.  Never, has a bill been legislated, offered or voted on for the people considered “Out of the Workforce” or otherwise known as 99ers.  The absolute shocker that I will reveal is its offered by a republican.  The bill is not nearly big enough to fill the huge gap of people who need jobs in an economy that isn’t growing like Washington likes to claim but it’s something.  After, many years of advocating, writing, media and research, Could it be finally we have at least one politician who admits we didn’t count in the unemployment rate and that by addressing this group that is true growth and opportunity is what needs to be addressed immediately? 


    The unemployed should support this bill.

    This bill not only acknowledges that there is far more than 1.8 million unemployed (long term unemployed) but it also gives this group an advantage for hiring for the very first time since this crisis began.  The one thing that will go down in history is the very first bill to every address the forgotten 99ers was offered by “those mean old republican party” The democrats had plenty of opportunity to offer something they chose to ignore this large pool of citizens.  The democrats perhaps have made a very calculated huge mistake.  Will they make another mistake by not supporting this bill?  Will they dismiss it? The people living this crisis are watching they are not fooled by the I care at election time speeches.  They wanted action with real solutions. Is this the first step in creating solutions for people?


    I encourage all unemployed to call their legislators and make them aware of the proposal.  Tell them that we are aware of the bill and support anything that will help these forgotten to get on a path to rebuilding their lives.  It’s time to legislate.  The official 99ers response for this bill is we support it.  We acknowledge that this bill if passed will help those out of the workforce due to no fault of their own.  I will give them an advantage that companies might just utilize.  This is exactly what the long term need to get on their feet again.  Is it big enough? Probably not but it’s a start compared to NOTHING…

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99ers React to Govt Shutdown Debacle

I have watch with frustration over the last few days everyone Whine about people being out of work for a few days, maybe a week, maybe even 2 weeks has irritated me. You want people like me to have sympathy for you? There are over 20 million people who have been unemployed and out of a check for over 3 years. Where was your concern for them. I cant help but say or think to myself when I hear their complains….CRY ME A RIVER….You don’t have a clue what its like to SUFFER, TO LOSE, to be out of work with no job. I cant watch the selfishness of people who scream ITS ALL ABOUT ME….It just proves to me this country is all about picking winners and losers and it reminds me how little the democrats or the Republicans are concerned with those people. I am sorry but when you have walked a day in one of the 99ers shoes in the last 5 years…THEN YOU WILL HAVE MY SYMPATHY…When you are the one who gets the calls of tonight is the last night in my house and I am ending it all, and you have to try to figure out how to convince this STRANGER giving up is not an option. When you have to plead and beg for people to give someone a couch or help some stranger because they have hit rock bottom and Going homeless is all they have…Maybe then I will have sympathy for you struggle…Until then I am sorry You will find no sympathy from the 99ers. You will find no sympathy from the unemployed…..As far as politics go. YOU WILL FIND NO SUPPORT from them either….YOU MUST COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS not just sell the suffering that you have not endured like some political football….SO no I don’t care if people will be out of work for a few days….Because as many of those people said to us. “Its not our problem” Its sad this country can only provide sympathy when it hits their door, when it is suddenly their CRISIS….I am not a selfish person but I have experienced and watched many selfish people playing politics. Do the RIGHT THING? Tell that to the people who are living on ZERO with nothing left to loose…..They are the only ones NOT EFFECTED BY A SHUTDOWN because they haven’t had a lifeline thrown to them in over 3 years….

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Mr President its about JOBS…..Higher education is a Luxary…

“President Obama continued his tour of universities yesterday. He spoke to the college students staff members about student loans in America. Making them affordable for kids making education available to all and outlining his plan.
So as …I write about Pres. Obama’s speech forgive me if I was not all warm and fuzzy hearing Pres. Obama’s plan. It seems that Washington again is not paying attention to the realities of Mainstreet. It’s great that they show up to universities speak to what they assume is all young people. They seem to think that only young people are back in school getting an education.”
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Organizer in Chief

America is a place where everyone is supposed to have a voice if you want one.  Unions was a place where employees was given a voice in the business world.  So with high unemployment in America the logic is grow Unions.  Give people a voice in the labor market is what Unions was designed to do.  Over the last several years labor unions gave a voice for Labor but only for their members.  Leaving out the majority of workers in this country.  So a voice for labor for regular private citizens is missing.  If you’re not in a Union, or the owner of a Big Business your voice is not heard regarding Labor. Is this what democracy looks like?

We have a President who is acting more like an Organizer in Chief than a President.  Collecting emails, phone numbers in order to organize the crowd to show up when a certain agenda needs to be pushed.  What we don’t have is a leader who does right by Everyone in America but only the ones who are willing to herded to the next Grand push.  The Unemployed in America rejected this idea where I should have to belong to a group in order to have a voice.  For them its simple.  There is a jobs crisis Fix it.  Republicans, democrats and Independents across America are part of the unemployed group and they not interested in going to stand at a rally, sign a petition or make a call for anything that has nothing to do with the growth of Jobs or the economy.  Our Organizer in chief isn’t understanding their voice.  They don’t want to get an email once a week from the White House or the party representative telling them what bill you’re pushing this week that has nothing to do with jobs.  In fact it’s reminding them of exactly how little concern you have for jobs.  I get all the emails, it’s very telling to get 10 emails about guns, gay marriage and immigration reform and how the republicans are blocking this bill or that one.  I guess it doesn’t make them wonder.  If your unemployed and have gotten these emails for years it reminds you how much the democratic party cares about you and your inbox is filled with every other agenda that is not about JOBS.  That’s what organizers do not Presidents.  The Republicans are no better because I also get those emails as well regarding what agenda they are pushing as well.  Lately they talking about jobs but with not a lot of substance to Real solutions.  The unemployed are interested in ONE thing and One thing only. JOBS….REAL LIFE AMERICAN JOBS.  One that give’s them income to pay their bills.  We don’t want to be organized into some party politics, We don’t want to be herded for some rally, We want to go out and work and earn a paycheck in order to house, feed and cloth ourselves.  So who ever thought trying to organize Americans into this Organizing mess that politicians have used to get elected got it all wrong.  We are tired of being invited to the party with nothing there for us to eat.  We want JOBS on the Menu.  So Mr. Organizer in Chief stop trying to get more Union members, Stop trying to get more supporters for Democrats….DO YOUR JOB if its done well….people will Support you.  Just like the old saying….IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME.   Until then don’t tell me about it.

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When America Became A Boardroom Rather Than A Product Of The People

Imagine whats its like to live in fear for 3 years….Imagine having the feeling you have no control over your future or your kids future.  Imagine watching the world around you crumble knowing you are only the first of many who will experience this fate.  Imagine the world around you being judgmental and hateful only for them to realize their turn is coming.  Imagine when the government used to work for the people at least 20% of the time and now it don’t work at all.  Imagine watching people make decisions that effect your today and your tomorrow without a care in the world for how it effects people.  Imagine knowing you will be homeless and there is nothing you can do about it.  Imagine what its like to look at your children and know tomorrow is the day you will have to say goodbye.  Imagine the worry and pain a family goes through when your child’s says I am hungry and there is nothing you can do..THE 99ers don’t have to imagine this they are and have lived it for 168 weeks and growing.  They have taken the insults, the pain and the condescending attitude of people in America.  They have played by the rules even during a time where desperation has set in..They have waited and watched the wait n see game that everyone has asked them to do for so long now.  The anger the frustration and the desire for the light at the end of the tunnel they so desperately want to see that never comes.  WE THE 99ers didn’t create this mess.  But we have paid for it in so many ways that no one could understand.  We have paid with our savings, our health, our security, our hope and our dreams.  We don’t deserve the treatment of ignorance that is a common acceptance in America.  We don’t deserve to be ignored.  One has to wonder if playing by the rules didn’t work for them will it work for no one.  The 99ers know all about sacrifice…and its painful to watch others start to realize that the sacrifice is on their doorstep.  Its a painful reminder everyday.  That the ones who feel entitled in America are not the poor, the unemployed, the elderly but rather those that have taken and taken and only want more in a society that was once UNITED.  The same ones who would ask those poor people to have their sons fight wars to protect their investments, the same ones who want the profit margin to grow every year no matter the cost of the community around them..Those same people who have stopped running all those commercials for how they care about community and people in need.  When America became a boardroom rather than a product of the people its no longer America.  Its now just a modern day noble crowd looking to rule with power.  America was built on caring, understanding, acceptance and above all FREEDOM.  When not all citizens are living in the freedom then that country no longer exists…The 99ers have watched the America that their ancestors who died protecting has all but slowly disappeared.  The 99ers should be a reminder of what is coming to your doorstep soon.  Feeling defeated wont save this country…ITS just too bad that it wont be saved for all.  Wow imagine how that will be recorded in history…America played favorites among its citizens where you one of the lucky ones it recognized?  Or were you one of the ones that they deemed as not important….Remember where we came from….AND LOOK where we ARE GOING…America is United no More.

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It’s Time to come out of the Darkness


How MANY MORE DO THE 99ers have to SAVE before AMERICA decides TO ACT?

Here is a email I just sent to the producer for CNN that I know…..
  I am running out of ways to help these people. I get at least one message like this a week. Some weeks worse than others.

  Here is the latest one….

  I have nothing left. Nowhere to go, no money to get there and nobody will hire me to do anything. I have always been hopeful until now. You are a wonderful friend and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your confidence and help but I have run out of options and do not know what to do…I have failed at everything lately…”

  How exactly are we poor people supposed to keep each other afloat when we barely can keep ourselves afloat…The suicide rates have shown that men over 50 are killing themselves at record rates….I can’t exactly condone the ignoring of the media on this subject any further. Something has to be done. This struggle for them has gone on for too long and many of us just don’t have to resources to keep going. It seems this country has left people behind and not given a second thought about the life that is effected.

  THIS HAS TO BE ADDRESSED….IT NEEDS to come out of the darkness and into the light. I have lost 99ers and saved some as well. Not sure how many more years I can go on doing this for. The world continues while so many lives fall apart. The government states things are getting better…BUT FOR WHO? Certainly not people over 40 who had so much to lose to begin with. Certainly not for people with no income and forced to be beaten down by the “Thanks but No Thanks” from companies. THIS HAS TO BE ADDRESSED…..It CANT CONTINUE!!!

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