Workers forced into part-time employment by downed economy, health care

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    Most Truthful. I concur. Well put

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Obamacare is accelerating the death of full time jobs

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Oct. 22, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Employers have been doing this kind of thing for a very long time. It's not just the new health law. Many companies have made it their policy to hire two part-time employees instead of one full-time employees because they aren't expected to provide any benefits (retirement, vacation, paid sick leave, and healthcare). Only when competing for workers does this diminish. This country, and its freemarket economy would benefit greatly if we could separate health insurance from employment. I have met many, many people who tried to start up their own company, but had to stay tethered to their old job at the same time because of fear of losing health insurance. How many more people would take a risk and create an innovative company if they needed to only worry about their income. The current system strongly benefits larger corporations that can negotiate insurance benefits. You want to help small businesses? Support a single-payer system.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    Big difference in a few hours and the benefits it brings.

    So business cuts half a million jobs to part time, and that means the economy is improving? Only before an election.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Mot Truthful and Patriotic, that is one of the most truthful and patriotic comments I've seen here in a long, long time.

    Thank you.

  • Backtothebasics Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    I am also an involuntary part-time employee. I have a bachelors degree, but went back to school to earn a certificate in a medical field. Finished in 2010 after the "crash" and haven't been able to find a full-time job since. Full-time workers in my field are holding onto their jobs so there are few, if any, openings, especially here in SLC. I work PRN (as needed), but I should really like to work full-time in a career I've worked hard to achieve.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    If companies value loyal, full-time employees, why are they rejecting them? Why is the bargaining table tilted so much toward the employers? Doesn't the law of supply and demand work in the labor market any more?

  • Most Truthful and Patriotic Layton, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    This isn't rocket science.
    Companies have learned that they can get more from the employee, by changing them to part-time rather than providing the full-time job.

    One large local company that everyone would recognized, cut jobs and fired many "due to the economy".
    Yet, everyone knew that sales barely suffered.

    They brought in a high-paid "expert" to run one portion of the company, and after the "expert" glutted the most profitable portion of the company, he got a big golden parachute. That payout would have paid the wages of *all* the jobs eliminated by the "expert" in the short time he was there.

    Will this long-time Utah company survive its third generation of family ownership? Time will tell, but the MBA-style leadership has given them a business that's far less vital than ten years ago.

    It's not the economy. It's the need to give profits to the every-increasing number of family stockholders.....few of whom even work there but are entitled.