Monday, August 28, 2006

No teen queens here (see earlier post)

This from the Sept.4, 2006 Business Week magazine, page 11, "Verbatim" box (subscription required).

Apparently, Northwest Airlines sent some of its employees a memo with helpful hints on how to survive pay cuts and layoffs. Tip no. 8: Replace 100 watt bulbs with 60 watt. Tip no. 39: Shop in thrift stores. Tip no. 46 is really helpful: Don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash. What is this, the ownership society?

OK. I know the airlines are really hurting, given fuel and security costs, not to mention lost business from the threat of terrorism. But why then were the CEO's raking in millions a year? Where's the stewardship? Do the employees count for anything?

Way back in 2000, the Urban Institute estimated that approximately 1% of the U.S. population experience homelessness each year, 38% (October) to 39% (February) of them being children.

(Illustration courtesy streetroots.)


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