Thomas Pounds: Outside looking in

Toledo Free Press
Thomas Pounds: Outside looking in
The November 15th column in the Toledo Free Press made hay with stories of doom from outside Toledo. In the story a unnamed developer (some source) stated that some businesspeople and suburban partners (again who and how many?) are concerned about the new Toledo Mayor Collins. Ironically most of jobs in the businesses the developer quoted were low wage unlivable jobs.

In Toledo some 1,800 union jobs were recently added at the Chrysler Toledo North Assembly plant expansion promising to produce 500,000 units a year. That would make it the largest north American auto assembly plant. If you remember TNAP has won multiple awards as being the most efficient auto plant in North Amercan beating out any and all nonunion transplants. The local GM Powertrain has expanded adding union jobs also. Toledo Powertrain quality won the day while its sister plant in Willow Run was closed. Also the old Jeep site has been rebuilt to become a manufacturing site attracting new work for Toledo. This community needs living wage jobs not government subsidized poverty wage jobs that all of us will end up paying for in entitlements. I’ll take the living wage union jobs over the poverty jobs for the sake of our country’s future.

Michael Collins isn't even mayor yet and the negative nayboobs are already throwing bombs. Is this the future of the new collaboration between WSPD and the Toledo Free Press will be? Tearing down Northwest Ohio because of ideology.
~My Opinion~

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I'm sick of this shit.

Those jobs are only unlivable to the Thomas Pounds of this world, the upper class. If you don't live like a Thomas Pound, you can well afford to live anyway. You don't need private schools. You don't need a $45000 car. You don't need a $350000 house. You don't need to pay $400/mo or more for your food. You don't need a Blu-Ray player. You don't need the latest computer, or an i-Pad for every kid, plus MP3 player, plus laptop, plus desktop computer, plus more crap I can't think of right now. You don't need a $120/mo TV/phone/Internet combo, PLUS your $50/mo smartphone.

The guys making $8-$12 per hour can live quite well in Toledo. They just have to ditch all that high-falutin' crap that the TV tells us we "need". Live simply, live cheap, live well.

Anyone like Pounds who insists that union jobs are somehow necessary for a viable middle class, only show they're part of the Golden Class already. A friend of mine calls them the Praetorian Class, taking aim at their imperial or military alignment. Same difference. This class will keep the rest of us big-P poor, just to keep themselves in their big wages, huge benefits and enormous pensions. The war is on, and it's the Golden Class against the Rest Of Us. Pounds is merely one of the loudmouthed leaders of that class. He's firing shots at us. This is war, really.

Is Walmart's request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages?

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Where in the article does Pounds state that Union jobs are needed for the middle class? Usually Pounds is fairly anti-union.

I believe the union paragraph was Paul's addition.

Walmart vs. Costco: How Do They Really Compare?
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So how do the country's two biggest retailers really fare head-to-head? Check out the breakdown below.
Average Cashier Salary
Walmart: $8.53 [Glassdoor]
Costco: $15.60 [Glassdoor]

Average Pay For Low-Level Managerial Position
Walmart: $44,774 [Glassdoor]
Costco: $53,956 [Glassdoor]

Number Of Employees Receiving Health Insurance Coverage
Walmart: "more than half" of employees [Businessweek]
Costco: 88% of employees [Businessweek]

More: Why Is It So Hard To Get An $8 Job At Walmart?
Turnover Rate
Walmart: 37% [self-reported]
Costco: 24% [InvestorPlace]

Costco's CEO becomes a progressive hero, Internet meme
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The Sinegal meme touts Costco employees being paid US$17 per hour on average along with benefits while Sinegal earns less than $500,000 annually, resisting shareholder pressure to nickel and dime Costco employees. That's not exactly right - in 2011 he earned a base salary of $350,000, and with all additional compensation, his income totaled $2,191,159, according to a company proxy statement.

Regardless, the ratio of Sinegal's pay to worker pay is far less than data showing CEOs in the U.S. earning 209.4 times more compensation than their employees. That means there's less income inequality at Costco, and workers take home a living wage. In contrast, Walmart's CEO brings home $35M annually, which some allege is more per hour than most Walmart workers will ever make in a year.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

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