Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Knicks Start Work Council:Influenced By German Model Of Shared Decision Making In The Workplace
We watch T.V. 4.6 hrs. per day in the U.S.(I watch every Knick game) while Germany(3.5 and dropping) and ultra-left Sweden(2.7).Geoghegan(Were You Born On The Wrong Continent) states Germans still read big,fat papers everyday to remain informed because they have a stake in the workplace and need to know about the internal and global economies.78% of Germans read a newspaper every day for an average of twenty-eight minutes.Germany has 23 million in paid circulation,while the vastly larger U.S(4 times bigger). has only 34 million.Worker engagement(work councils) increases a stake in acting politically to protect their economic system.They have a stake in reading political news in depth(not just watching pro-business T.V.).For those H.S grads with no skills living outside unionized Germany,this process is meaningless and non-existent.They are totally dependent and hopeless concerning worker rights in American style capitalism(unless they are part of the weakened 11% in U.S. unions).
Germany is also very green.Only in Germany would the government buy up enough DVDs of Al Gore's"An Inconvenient Truth" to play in every classroom.Germany is in pole position in several fast-growing “green tech” areas, including renewable energy and automotive efficiency.The German government has been sending steady green signals to the market for years. It passed a trend-setting recycling law in 1991 and was a pioneer of “feed-in tariffs”, obliging utilities to buy power generated by renewable sources at prices that reflect their higher costs. Now renewables account for 15% of electricity and German manufacturers of solar cells and wind-power turbines are among the world’s leaders.
Felton to Amare to Gallinari to Chandler to Fields to Turiaf to etc. If the Knicks can do it why can't everyone have some ownership in the workplace and the stability to plan for the future with some reason. We are all in this together...lets rent a boat and sail to the Caymans and return our money for those unemployment benefits we can't afford...let's increase the income rate for those over $250,000 from 35% to 50%(they hide most of it anyway).