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(NPR)   Amazon's German employees are demanding higher wages, a union contract, and other considerations. And we know how well Germany treats malcontents   ( ) divider line
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2014-09-01 02:08:09 PM  
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StrikitRich: Amazon moving its fulfillment center for Germany to Poland in 4..3..2..1?

Maybe they could just build a new annex in Poland. . .
2014-09-01 11:57:30 AM  
2 votes:
When I think 'Germans' and 'Amazon' I think of this
Probably not good to piss them off
2014-09-01 09:01:27 PM  
1 vote:
Get back to work!  It makes you free!
2014-09-01 08:12:40 PM  
1 vote:

ski9600: Stone Meadow: meyerkev: Mind you, this is by definition first percentile. But if you replaced ~$14K/year/old person SS + matching Medicaid with $6K/person + Go die in a ditch, that's a hard sell.

That's not a *hard* sell...that's *impossible*, but I'm glad you recognize the difficulty, because you usually ignore reality when it comes to taxes.

You want a GUI for all adults? There are 300+ million legal residents in the US. To give each person $6500 will add a cool $2 trillion to a federal budget that has not yet hit $4 trillion.

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Where do you find the money?

Could you add borrowing to that pie chart?

US GDP in 2012 was 15.68 Trillion.  18% of that is 2.8 Trillion.

According to the chart though, there's only $.568 Trillion in borrowing this year because we're at the height of the business cycle, so we're getting $3.3 Trillion instead of $2.8 Trillion.  So better hope there's not a recession.
2014-09-01 07:05:08 PM  
1 vote:

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: I want to see how this plays out. A few years ago, Walmart pulled out of Germany because they had problems dealing with that whole pesky "treating their employees like human beings" thing.

That wasn't the only thing Walmart did.  Walmart wanted a carbon copy of how stores are ran in the US and that got them in hot water with the European Union for various violations. They also did not do their research on the German culture to better integrate Walmart's values that of the German work place to work together. They hired a non German speaking CEO who worked from the US (as many of their overseas CEOs). He may have been was inflexible in making changes or Walmart's main branch would not let him make changes to make the German expansion work. Walmart did not anticipate is how small of a country Germany is compared to the US and only a limited stores could open there. The market was already saturated by other Walmart like stores that were already established.

This was the same reason they failed other countries like South Korea over the same thing. They have succeeded in countries where labor restrictions are the lowest like China, Latin Americas, and US.
2014-09-01 06:29:20 PM  
1 vote:
We'll teach the Fatherland all about Real Greed and Selfishness.  they are amateurs.   that's 'murrca's job.
2014-09-01 06:06:20 PM  
1 vote:

goatleggedfellow: According to Verdi, the service workers union, Amazon fulfillment center wages start at 1,631 euros per month [about $2,150] and go up to 2,348 euros [$3,100]. The union said the change would provide 7,000 more euros [$9,200] for the average worker each year.

What kind of You know what other asshole switchesd units of measurement between consecutive sentences?

2014-09-01 04:21:37 PM  
1 vote:
About 10 years ago I had a German friend who joined the Bundeswehr. I was surprised to find out the army is unionized and in boot camp they got weekends off.

/Always said the best time to invade Germany would be on a holiday weekend.
2014-09-01 01:40:16 PM  
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