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Managing a Micromanager

When it comes to dealing with a micromanaging boss, you have two choices, says Bud Whitehouse, of Career Management of Virginia: Run away or embrace it. Assuming you like your job and the company, the latter is preferred.

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

Imagine being an executive at a company and hardly having a say in the day-to-day operations. Imagine everyone in the company having to get clearance from the CEO for every decision, down to the colors and fonts used on an advertisement -- despite that each department has a manager.

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Now imagine this process for a CEO who constantly traveled and had sporadic work hours. The entire staff, executives included, spending the entire workday (sometimes more) sitting around a conference room sealing, stamping and stuffing more than 4,000 invitations because the CEO doesn't trust outside vendors to precisely place the stamps.  Better yet, imagine designing a cover with someone standing over your shoulder telling you exactly where to place each item.

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The above was reality -- literally -- for Tamara Allen, who worked at a publishing company with the above micromanager for four years.

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Corporate kings grab our tax subsidies but create no new jobs.

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  • In the past two years 55 percent of workers have lost a job or taken a cut
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  • Obama fiddles
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Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

By gollies, when the economic going gets tough for America's workaday people, you can always count on our tough-minded political leaders to get going! Get going, as in: rush like hell to find some gimmick to make it look like they're doing something without actually, you know, doing anything.

A golden classic of the gimmick game came from Gerald Ford. Remember Gerry? In 1973, this bland Republican House leader was chosen to be vice president when incumbent Spiro Agnew had to abdicate the office due to his untimely indictment on a mess of corruption charges. Ford then unexpectedly fell into the presidency itself in August of 1974 after Dick "I am not a crook" Nixon was forced to resign due to his own mess of corruption charges.

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Special Report | American Labor in 2010

The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not. What some economists now project -- and policymakers are loathe to admit -- is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Wiley Miller

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Recognizing the immense contributions of America's unions, E. J. Dionne, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA
Whatever else they achieve, unions remind us of the dignity of all who toil, whatever their social position, color or educational attainments, writes columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. Unions were important co-authors of a social contract that made our country fairer, richer and more productive.

Four Job Market Trends We Won't Be Celebrating This Labor Day, Sara Yin, Huffington Post
Labor Day, of course, was intended to celebrate the American worker. But, for those of us lucky enough to be employed, the labor market still isn't pretty.

Unemployment Rate To Remain High, Many Jobs Aren't Coming Back, Economists Say, Huffington Post
The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not. What some economists now project -- and policymakers are loathe to admit -- is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.

Right Response to Unemployment Is Smart Stimulus Spending, John Nichols, The Nation

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  • The federal government has spent a lot of money for the purposes of avoiding a Depression and easing a recession. But it has not spent that money well or wisely.
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  • The jobs emergency
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  • Class Warfare from the Top Down
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Shame: Senate Poised To Put 240,000 Jobs At Risk, Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post
Advocates of a welfare-to-work program created by last year's stimulus bill are calling on Congress not to jeopardize some 240,000 jobs by letting the program expire at the end of September.

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Recognizing the immense contributions of America's unions

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  • Whatever else they achieve, unions remind us of the dignity of all who toil, whatever their social position, color or educational attainments
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  • Unions were important co-authors of a social contract that made our country fairer, richer and more productive.
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E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

Watching the great civil-rights march on television in August 1963, I couldn't help but notice that hundreds carried signs with a strange legend at the top: "UAW Says." UAW was saying "Segregation Disunites the United States," and many other things insisting on equality.

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This "UAW" was a very odd word to my 11-year-old self and I asked my dad who or what "U-awe," as I pronounced it, was. The letters, he explained, stood for the United Auto Workers union.

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It was some years later when I learned about the heroic battles of the UAW, not only on behalf of those who worked in the great car plants but also for social and racial justice across our society. Walter Reuther, the gallant and resolutely practical egalitarian who led the union for many years, was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s close allies.

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Remembering that moment is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

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