Black People Politics : White House Under Pressure to Pay Its Interns

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

    Clyde C Coger Jr going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ... Could this be the open door needed for Reparations Family?

    Free labor owed is free labor owed, regardless of the recipient's class. Whether Intern or Slave, the two(2) are in juxtaposition. What's good for the goose, is good for the gander.



    Really Franklin? Working for free and not paying seems unimaginable!



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    A member of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region stands over a model of the White House on a giant map during a media tour highlighting inaugural preparations being made by military and civilian planners at the DC Armory in Washington.


    White House Under Pressure to Pay Its Interns


    Hundreds of interns have filed lawsuits or raised complaints over working long hours for free. But one group of former interns is sidestepping the courtroom and going straight to the White House to fight for fair compensation.
    The Fair Pay Campaign, a grassroots lobby set to launch around Labor Day, is calling on President Obama to pay White House interns in order to set an example for other government agencies and private employers.

    suggested reading:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/white-house-under-pressure-pay-100300122.html
     
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    Great post bro Clyde, hope the White House comes
    thru. I bet it would.as long as it doesn't take.an act of Congress.
     
  3. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    More importantly, this could very well open the door to Reparations. A federal court has already ruled a violation of wage laws on behalf of Interns.
     
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    No they will find college students in Mexico and India who will do it for free, with the promise of citizenship!

    The US cant even pay to keep schools open, homes from being foreclosed, and has to borrow money to pay for it's endless wars, so cause another child writes a letter to Santa Claus means the elves must work over time?

    or those children should be told by their parents that Santa Claus is a myth??
     
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    Only a few days ago, I half-watched a CNN news story about this. The anchor women were talking about P-Diddy being sued for having--if I remember right--a couple *hundred* possible plaintiffs who 'could' join some suit filed against him just last week about this very issue.


    The reporter in this story mentioned the federal suit which I think said that intern-type work *had to be of a limited nature* (fall within a specified category of tasks) OR the intern should otherwise pull a salary.


    According to the report, the woman who filed against P-Diddy (I think) claims that she had to do P-Diddy's expense reports, quarterly reports(?), book hotel reservations for him, and others who were high officers in his company. The important point, here, is that these tasks the intern did were *routine, daily/weekly duties* that got assigned to her to perform on his/the company's behalf and that the federal ruling categorized tasks just like that as *pay-qualified tasks* (my restatement, here), or the types of things an employer would more normally *pay* someone to do.


    The opinion (apparently) says that doing simple-simon stuff like getting coffee and/or dry cleaning, shopping for the boss, etc. *falls within the category* of tasks that an intern could be asked and expected to perform.


    Also, the fed opinion spoke to the 'deal' that an intern makes with a company/person with no expectation of pay--that an intern does the simple-simon stuff--tasks that otherwise takes valuable time for an employer to do him/herself--on the understanding/expectation that the intern is given the opportunity to learn/meet/greet people working within the chosen career area that the intern is interested in.


    Sorry for only half-listening to that news story, but yeah, P-Diddy is being sued for this kind of thing.


    As for a possible tie-in with the Reparations Movement, it'd be important to read that fed court decision, because those judges *did* describe the pay vs non-pay categories and discussed the understanding/expectation issue that underlies voluntary (internship) job performance.


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    Alarm Clock, that would be a barter, right? Substantive tasks regularly performed in exchange for citizenship. That'd be an agreed to exchange involving value for value. Even so, it's been determined that *from here on out* foreign interns should only be go-fers for coffee and dry cleaning, etc., and shouldn't be expected to do any more 'compiling and preparing of reports' for the boss *without pay*. Unless it's struck down, it's now federal law.


    Also, from here on out, I'll bet that the label *intern/internship* gets dropped entirely, and *voluntary/volunteers* becomes the exclusive label that frees present and future employers from an expectation to pay/barter even a dime's worth of value for all the kinds of tasks they're presently accustomed to dumping onto their non-paid employees.


    Business/politicians will do an end-run.


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    I hear you sis , but there is a big dif with working for the gov which is basically non profit and working as a "Publicist and Accoutant for a well kn own celebrity and multi millionaire! Beyonce was slik she charged people to work for her! for menial tasks and the cahnce to rub elbows with a star!


    The full benefit of being a White House intern, needs to be put on the table for any conversation, to bring Knowledge and Understanding to Manifest Wisdom!
     
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    The Insiders: No whining allowed – Don’t pay White House interns


    By Ed Rogers, Updated: August 22, 2013

    With the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and the senseless murder in Oklahoma, there seems to be more news than usual for August. But a silly and irresistible (although revealing) story has broken through around the edges in Washington. It appears that, consistent with today’s Democratic approach to the workplace, some former interns have formed something of a grievance committee, launching a campaign to convince the White House to pay its interns. What a bunch of whiners.
    It is ironic on many fronts that some (but surely not all) Obama White House interns are agitating to get paid. Never mind the fact that these interns signed up knowing exactly what the terms were. The point is, they want more and they expect the government to give it to them. Typical. What happens to people when they get in close proximity to a government payroll? Are President Obama’s pro-entitlement policies so powerful they’re affecting even the White House’s own interns?
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...allowed-dont-pay-white-house-interns/?print=1
     
  10. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    Thanks for the comments and good advice Fieldpea, much appreciated.

    Very important to access the federal court's decision for any break-through possible. Again, it could very well be an open door, we'll see. My plans are to keep a vigilant eye on this development.


     
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