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(Pittsburgh City Paper)   Gentlemen, the situation is dire: our employees are forced to go to food banks to make ends meet. Therefore, I propose, we open our own food bank   (pghcitypaper.com) divider line 381
    More: Asinine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, food banks, 'Tis the Season, Allegheny County, pantry  
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2012-12-11 05:14:00 PM
That's completely pathetic. Who the fark runs that company, Ebenezar Scrooge?
 
2012-12-11 05:23:17 PM
16 tons and what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint peter don't ou call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.
 
2012-12-11 05:24:11 PM
Hey! Here's another great idea!

/Have the company open a store where employees can buy necessities like food and clothing on credit. Then the payments could just be taken directly out of their paychecks
//what could possibly go wrong?
 
2012-12-11 05:24:20 PM
"I turned my head and started to cry because I was so angry, although she thought I was crying because of the gesture. They just don't get that I'd rather they pay me a better wage so I wouldn't have to go to a food bank."

Damn, just... damn.
 
2012-12-11 05:24:46 PM

Ambivalence: 16 tons and what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint peter don't ou call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store.


Damn my slow fingers
 
2012-12-11 05:25:00 PM
These are the people you conservatives really want to run our healthcare sys...oh wait, they sound exactly like the kind of people Republicans love.
 
2012-12-11 05:27:06 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Hey! Here's another great idea!

/Have the company open a store where employees can buy necessities like food and clothing on credit. Then the payments could just be taken directly out of their paychecks
//what could possibly go wrong?


Heh, my company lets you link your paycheck with your ID badge, so you can just swipe your badge in the cafeteria and have the money taken out of your paycheck. I'm sure it's all legal (Fortune 500 company and all), but it seems awful close to Hooverville.

/I don't do that
//I'd rather put it on the credit card that earns me points
 
2012-12-11 05:53:42 PM
Yeah? Well, just try making a seed deposit at the food bank, then come back in a few months expecting to make a withdrawal.
 
2012-12-11 05:55:30 PM
Omfg.
 
2012-12-11 05:57:25 PM
Are there no prisons? What of the work camps?
 
2012-12-11 06:01:52 PM
I don't understand why employees shouldn't just be forced to live and work at the job. A little room with a hotplate, if you will. Share a shiater down the hall.
 
2012-12-11 06:05:13 PM
Next step, female employees will become street walkers. Male employees will be coke mules. Children of employees will be chimney sweeps.
 
2012-12-11 06:07:53 PM
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/what the fark is wrong with this company?
 
2012-12-11 06:14:41 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Yeah? Well, just try making a seed deposit at the food bank, then come back in a few months expecting to make a withdrawal.


I tried that, but at a sperm bank. They kicked me out and told me to never come again.
 
2012-12-11 06:17:14 PM

SarahDiddle: [i1.kym-cdn.com image 500x282]

/what the fark is wrong with this company?


Its not a company

It is a non-profit university
 
2012-12-11 06:18:00 PM

cman: SarahDiddle: [i1.kym-cdn.com image 500x282]

/what the fark is wrong with this company?

Its not a company

It is a non-profit university medical center


Whoops, my bad. Fixt
 
2012-12-11 06:18:44 PM
That sounds about right. Don't pay your workers enough? Why not open a food bank so other people can buy them food that you won't pay them enough for.

This is exactly what you get with capitalism.
 
2012-12-11 06:18:55 PM
Oh good! Now your colleagues can actually see you hit up the food bank at work. How dignifying.
 
2012-12-11 06:19:40 PM

Gordian Cipher: Heh, my company lets you link your paycheck with your ID badge, so you can just swipe your badge in the cafeteria and have the money taken out of your paycheck. I'm sure it's all legal (Fortune 500 company and all), but it seems awful close to Hooverville.


Well, so long as the prices for the food aren't wildly out of line with the market price on the high side, whatever.

Gordian Cipher: /I don't do that
//I'd rather put it on the credit card that earns me points


Well, yeah.
 
2012-12-11 06:20:24 PM
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Here. Now stop complaining and go trade your pay for ramen, soap and tampons.
 
2012-12-11 06:23:31 PM
I keep depositing all sorts of delicious food at the local food bank, but when I want to make a withdrawal for a surprise dinner party, suddenly I'm the bad guy.
 
2012-12-11 06:41:09 PM

SarahDiddle: [i1.kym-cdn.com image 500x282]

/what the fark is wrong with this company?


You've got poor and middle class people supporting these things because they are temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
 
2012-12-11 06:45:28 PM
For example, it's unclear if UPMC is directly contributing to the food bank - but they are certainly asking other employees to donate

Just .. wow.
 
2012-12-11 06:51:55 PM

Nadie_AZ: SarahDiddle: [i1.kym-cdn.com image 500x282]

/what the fark is wrong with this company?

You've got poor and middle class people supporting these things because they are temporarily embarrassed millionaires.

 

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2012-12-11 06:53:26 PM
It's like the old days, right? When a corporation opened a "town" and provided its employees with vouchers to buy food from the company grocery store, right?
 
2012-12-11 06:59:27 PM
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2012-12-11 07:08:06 PM
"We're a non-profit and we're poor. This cheap and demeaning gesture is all we could do."

"What about that fat f*ck in the Rolls that runs the place, how does he get paid?"

"Oh, well, you see, the structure for management c..."

"No, what about that fat f*ck in the Rolls Royce who runs the place, how does he get paid?"

"Those who direct the managerial ..."

"NO! WHAT ABOUT THAT FAT F*CK IN THE ROLLS ROYCE WHO RUNS THE PLACE? HOW DOES HE GET PAID?"

"SECURITY! TERRORIST ALERT!"
 
2012-12-11 07:10:47 PM
It's the thought that counts.
 
2012-12-11 07:13:03 PM

Mentat: It's the thought that counts.


"We think you should all eat well and live in nice houses and have cars that run good and look pretty and here's a free can of peas." Like that?
 
2012-12-11 07:16:44 PM

Mentat: It's the thought that counts.


If only you could eat thoughts.
 
2012-12-11 07:29:32 PM
This reminds me of a complaint one of my coworkers had this year: someone on a conference call spent an hour making fun of everyone else on the call because he thought he had muted his phone. Even worse, since he had the volume for the call turned down, every time they stopped the meeting to ask him to stop being an ass he didn't realize they were talking to him.

Many complaints were sent up the chain and his boss sent out a very apologetic email promising that next time he would make sure he was actually on mute.
 
2012-12-11 07:31:20 PM
UPMC is the biggest employer in the region, is one of the largest landowners, and is largely tax exempt. They threatened to cut off service to all Blue Cross customers if BC/BS bought one of the local smaller hospital systems.

They're kinda dicks.
 
2012-12-11 07:31:34 PM

bunner: Mentat: It's the thought that counts.

"We think you should all eat well and live in nice houses and have cars that run good and look pretty and here's a free can of peas." Like that?


God bless America.
 
2012-12-11 08:20:48 PM
Let's just bring back indentured servitude.

Sell yourself to a corporation for seven years to get out of your student loans.
 
2012-12-11 08:36:21 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: "I turned my head and started to cry because I was so angry, although she thought I was crying because of the gesture. They just don't get that I'd rather they pay me a better wage so I wouldn't have to go to a food bank."

Damn, just... damn.


That was the quote I was going to post and what you said was close enough to my FFS that I have to give you props for getting here first...
 
2012-12-11 09:17:11 PM

cameroncrazy1984: These are the people you conservatives really want to run our healthcare sys...oh wait, they sound exactly like the kind of people Republicans love.


theres are the kind of people democrats legally mandated that you put in charge of your healthcare.
 
2012-12-11 09:19:48 PM

cameroncrazy1984: These are the people you conservatives really want to run our healthcare sys...oh wait, they sound exactly like the kind of people Republicans love.


nonprofits?
 
2012-12-11 09:22:09 PM

Holocaust Agnostic: theres are the kind of people democrats legally mandated that you put in charge of your healthcare.


I know. I was so much better off when I didn't have any healthcare at all.
 
2012-12-11 09:25:29 PM
This is what is going to happen to companies forced to provide health care for those who work over 30 hours; no one is going to work over 30 hours and they are going to have to provide their own insurance or they will be penalized.

/ and I thought I was evil
 
2012-12-11 09:25:46 PM
Bosses love to see their employees struggling and groveling.
 
2012-12-11 09:27:05 PM
...and Merry Christmas!!!

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2012-12-11 09:27:39 PM
You should pay me more than I'm worth! I don't understand economics / capitalism / life! Whargarbll.
 
2012-12-11 09:29:05 PM

Silly Jesus: You should pay me more than I'm worth! I don't understand economics / capitalism / life! Whargarbll.


You're truly insatiable!
 
2012-12-11 09:29:51 PM
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2012-12-11 09:30:07 PM

skullkrusher: Silly Jesus: You should pay me more than I'm worth! I don't understand economics / capitalism / life! Whargarbll.

You're truly insatiable!


That's what she said.
 
2012-12-11 09:32:26 PM
Socialize the costs, privatize the profits. That's the American way.
 
2012-12-11 09:32:53 PM
This is the reason unions form, because the management are douche canoes. Looking at the link to the union gripes they mention that UPMC put up a site with the awesome spelling www.upmccares.com. Alas that website says "The page you are attempting to reach is not available outside the UPMC network."

Here's where the person in the above story complains about UPMC tax exempt status and there's this juicy bit in there:

"The controller's report found that the current total value of all tax-exempt property in the county was $17 billion"


WTF how you get $17B in property in one county?

When was the last time UPMC was audited? They say that they are giving away a lot of free health care, but who knows.

Labor's one of (if not the) biggest cost in healthcare. There's no magic fairy dust that's somehow going to sprinkle more money down for the workers without raising the hospital's costs somehow. And no amount of government intervention is going to change that.
 
2012-12-11 09:32:58 PM

Silly Jesus: You should pay me more than I'm worth! I don't understand economics / capitalism / life! Whargarbll.


You suck at this.
 
2012-12-11 09:33:43 PM
a small raise and a bulk food purchasing co'op for the employees would've met both goals.
 
2012-12-11 09:33:44 PM

Goetz: Silly Jesus: You should pay me more than I'm worth! I don't understand economics / capitalism / life! Whargarbll.

You suck at this.


He's 12 and on drugs. It's a shame, really.
 
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