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Fun thing that my union has three different drug plan with various coverages and different level of payment for original and generic drugs and various coverages for singles and families. All negociated by us old geezers...
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Not enough time to comment but enough for a small point of pedantry: Nick is at Carleton. Or as they say in Ottawa "the University". U of Ottawa is the other one. So no Ox-BG-O axis (unless Marc Lavoie joins the fray on their side...)
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Squeaky Wheel: yep. That's what you get when your enrollment target are math majors...
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" In theory, the current employees should be more or less indifferent to that change - it doesn't affect them and may even benefit them (to the extent that they get something for that concession - but there is no union leader alive who accepts that proposal without a bloody fight." Because any union leader,such as your humble servant, know that once you open the concession game on the young ones, the old one will be next.
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Bob: sorry. My old eyes read too fast...
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"but a 15 year-old who loses a job will show up in the employment rate figures." No.Only if he keeps looking,not because he lost it.
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Since we were discussing mostly "employer paid" benefits, I meant none of them ( apart a guarantee of not losing your job and still having a (reduced) salary for the first two years of a medical leave.) Noe we have a compulsory employe paid disability scheme,kicking in atfter the second year. (Cegep professors , however have an administrative understanding that after two years of disability, you can voluntarily resign or stay on the list. We have a case of a member coming back after 11 years of disability. No other "corps d'emploi" in the QC public service has that possibility. They are definitely discharged after 2 years. Our employee-pais compulsory drugs and dental plan is multi-tiered. Almost half a dozen combinations are possible, chosen by the member and modifiable under certain conditions at certain time of the year or modification in family events or employment status change, such as birth of a child or getting tenure. For people of my professionnal rank (economist) private sector is not viewed as a hellhole but as a paradise. Only ousider think of QC public servants as privileged. Usually readers of newspaper articles writen by less qualified but better paid than we are journalists.
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Corrections: "forthrough"; for QC through "made available through Stephen"
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Jeff:to concur with Nick: I told explicitely about a PR target. I also used this concept when studying QC economy vs ON. If in your calculation of UR, you replace the actuel PR with a target, you can get a perceived UR. So, I replace QC PR with ON and I get avery high UR forthrough the 60's instead of the rather low that was reported. It explained the political preoccupation about U in QC , even though it was officially low (about 6 in 1966) because the perceived rate was way above 10%. Today, perceived and official rates are equal,and are equal for both provinces. (And the Gazette had stopped whining that "separatists" had increased U, while in reality, whatever the political party, ER and PR increased faster in QC than ON over the last 50 years, My spreadsheet was made available Stephen a couple of years back during another thread. Hope I am clearer.
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Funny hoe people talk about public sector union member having paid health benefit since I have none. My members however are weel aware that "benefits" and pensions are part of their compensation and come from their overall pay since, during negociations , we have numerous general assemblies where we discuss the mix of compensation.
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Nick: because it is a simplification for mere educationnal purposes.Reality is neither a linear nor a purely step function. Multiply the difference between PR and ER by some function(Econometricians,the Queen wants you!) and you'll get what you really really want (cue the Spice Girls).
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Nick: as a measured variable, Unemployment rate can't go smaller than zero. But U is equal to (Participation ratio-Employment ratio)/Participation ratio. If people have a Participation ratio objective or expectations or some sociologically anchored rate, then a high employment ratio could lead to a perceived "negative" Unemployment rate. We usually call it an "overheating economy" and keeping Unemployment from going "negative" is a more-or-less-official goal of a lot of policy planners.They call it "possibility of upward wage pressures due to too tight a labor market" or something.
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Ukrainian nationalist were objective opponents of Stalin's immoral policies of Russian empire restauration. Koulaks were objective opponents of Stalin's insane economic policies. If Ukrainians had voluntarily submitted to neo-tsarist rule and properous farmers had accepted their ruination, Stalin would probably been happy to be spared the work. If the Great Leap Forward had been accomplished without 50 millions deads, Mao would have been fine with it. But even in Hitler's view of a "Jewish bankers conspiracy based in New York", what exactly was the point of massacring semi-literate third-world level shtetel peasants in the Pale of settlement? None. The killing was the point. That's what make it so much worse. Discussing arithmetic is beside the point.
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Unfortunally not as all the easy to mine and process ores have all been used up...
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Whether open or not, dictating your employees health decisions on your sectarian hallucinations make no sense.
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Noblemen (former Viking pirates...) from Normandy invaded you. As soon as we could , we escaped here. The guillotine had net yet been invented...
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Determinant: I knew I would rise you up but your point is mine: NB and NS never had anything to do with the concept of "Canada" until July 1867. Even under the French regime, there was no political, economic and even ethnic ties between Acadia and the St-Lawrence system (Quécois originate from Normandy mostly and the Acadians from the southwest, hence the different languages). Nova Scotians invented separatism as soon as they realized the bad deal forced on them. We never wanted "to separate" as we never wanted it in the first place. Remember how we fought for two centuries to prevent the Conquest? And the 1760's guerilla in the Bas-du Fleuve? And the Patriot war? The fall 1867 election was the most rigged in Canadian history, even worse than the Newfoundland referendum. The Union was an abomination: how the Clique and Compact, whose behavior had provoked the 37-38 wars, tried to keep power by offering the anglo middle class a crumb of power plus the satisfaction of not being a french-popist. The same deal offered by Jackson in the 1830's "Democratic revolution": power to the white elite, nominal rights for all whites (including the poors), disenfranchisement for all free blacks (including the rich). We are still paying the price for those "deals".
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"having people visibly sitting in your restaurant serves as marketing. The marginal cost of seating someone is nothing unless the restaurant is already filled. However, the marginal benefit is large because it makes the restaurant look more "happening" and attracts more customers." Or, as Yogi Berra said: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded!"
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Never understood that hooopla about Canada Day being the "birth of a new nation.". From 1608,whatever the regimerench or British, the place was known as Canada and most of their inhabitants (habitants)as Canadiens. 1st July merely marks the annexation of New-Brunswick and Nova Scotia by the Chateau Clique and the Family Compact...
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Targeted at the supply dumps in Southern England or embarkation and landing ports on either side of the Channel, V-1 would have wreaked havoc on the Allies logistic chain. Sent to London, they killed civilians whose death ,already in 1940, Churchill had decided was an acceptable price to pay (and in the big picture,he was right.)
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Desjardins was more than a journalist. He mainly was the official stenographer of the Canadian House of Commons, effectively the guarantor of the House debates record accuracy. An incident that played a part in the Caisses Populaires founding: a recent british immigrant was hired to be manager of the Molson Bank ( an anglophone institution)branch in Desjardins hometown of Lévis across the St-Lawrence river from Québec City. In a letter to the bank' head office in Montréal, he proudly boasted that he had signed up the town most properous merchant as a customer. The head office replied that he had one month to close the account and force the merchant to use a much smaller "French bank" . Desjardins finally realized the depth of discrimination that francophone faced in the Canadian financial market and proceeded to make a runaround the Canadian Bank Act by using the provincial oversight of "trusteeship". Essentially Caisses Populaires would not be a "banking institution" butthe very temporary trustee of people's funds... In Ontario, the mortgage companies and trust companies would use the same runaround to provide "banking services" for rural and other middle-class customers.
"Immigrants might go to France for a welfare state." No they go there to do the same dirty jobs immigrants comme to the U.S. to do.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on The Optimal Number of Immigrants at Economist's View
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genauer: what about Schumpeter who boasted of being the world's best economist, Austria's best horseman and Vienna's best lover?
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on What's in a Name? at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
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Or maybe just some people on a Fed jury. Have you ever thought about Cegep teaching?
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Determinant: I always wondered why you ended up as an engineer instead of an actuary...
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