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More Communications Problems at the Washington Post

Thursday, 28 October 2010 06:15
Apparently the Post's reporters have been able to get access to information about France's pension laws. It wrongly reported that its pension cutbacks raised the retirement age from 60 to 62. In fact, this is the age of early retirement, which is comparable to the age 62 minimum in the United States for early Social Security benefits. The age for getting full benefits in France is rising from 65 to 67 under the new law. 
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the difference between france and us
written by frankenduf, October 28, 2010 8:04
there, millions of people mobilize, galvanized by a national labor union movement, take to the streets and slow down the national economy over an austerity measure which only effects geezers- here, seven large banks steal billions of citizen tax $ and... crickets- o yeah, and what's a labor union?- ive never seen 1 here, but ive heard theyr evil
written by diesel, October 28, 2010 11:56
Yes, I know that personal anecdotes are boorish on blogs BUT;

My wife was a counselor for high school students who didn't have the skills or aptitude to pursue a profession at the college level. She would steer them towards high-paying union jobs in carpentry etc. At the time of the bubble, the carpentry union training program was begging for apprentices. Show up with a hammer, demonstrate that you could pound a nail, and you would be enlisted in the apprentice program, and immediately placed on a job site and begin earning $20 an hour (pretty good for an 18 year old with just a high school equivalency degree).

Were there any takers?

No. They balked when they heard that they had to join the Union. To them, the word conjured up images of organized crime and bomb throwing commie radicals. She would try to explain to them that the Union was there for their benefit, but to no avail. They or their parents had drunk deeply of Reagan's Kool-Aid in their formative years and could not be budged.

"Besides", they told her, they wanted jobs where they could "afford a BMW", like the drug dealers or Wall St. tycoons they see romanticized on TV.

I can remember when, to join the carpenters Union, you had to be (literally) grandfathered in.
The novel's storyline must be maintained at all costs
written by urban legend, October 28, 2010 5:16
They absolutely must report it wrong -- and arguably it's deliberate. The French workers and their unions must be shown as lazy bastards who now have cushy retirement and don't want to work harder or longer. If it were genuinely reported as benefit cuts by extending the full retiremnent age to 67, that narrative would be more difficult to maintain.
written by Peniksen Pidennys, October 29, 2010 4:34
I must admit that i am truly getting a bit sick of this whole issue now..
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