Obamacare claims more victims: Juicy Couture. Clueless employees, though

by Skip

Capitalism is easy to understand; here are Skip’s Rules:

  • Rule Number 1: The company owns the job.  Not you.  While good employers care about their employees, the Company comes first, long term.
  • Rule Number 2: Companies exist to make a profit. You have their job until you no longer help them make a profit.
  • Rule Number 3: This really should not exist but does because Socialists / Progressives / Fascists are trying to turn Companies into mere extensions of Government
  • Rule Number 4:  Given that Rule #3 now exists, Companies will react to it in ways that will ensure Rule #2 is fulfilled.

Corollary for Statists everywhere: TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) – and those that support them.  This post uses them all.  Here, Rule #3 is coming into the forefront of C-level execs, more and more, because several Obamacare cliffs are rushing at them. And now, some clueless retail employees at Juicy Couture are rather upset that their hours are being cut, and as the post says, they are demanding “just hours.”  And if they are “hip” shop, you can believe that oldy /moldies like me would probably not be out there on the retail floor – these would be the young  hipsters (and as it turns out, stupid and clueless for not being able to string  moves together and see where it ends) who voted for Obama:

You see, according to the campaign, the hip and trendy Juicy is doing what other companies are doing in an effort to cope with the burdensome regulations and costs of the “Affordable Health Care Act” (aka ObamaCare)–the company is downsizing its full-time payroll to (mostly) part-time workers.


Mistake: they believe that Rule #1 doesn’t exist and that Rule #2 is trumped (or, is that “Obama’d”?) by Rule #3.  They don’t understand that when you electorally support certain people who support certain policies you are SURE will benefit you personally, be sure that TANSTAAFL will enter the arena in which you are standing.  And it did:

While employees seem shocked that their ranks are thinning from 128 full-time employees to 19, they really shouldn’t be outraged at their employer, as opposed to angry with themselves for supporting such an inanely-written law.

When Darrell and I started at Juicy Couture a few years ago, many of us were full-time. Now, only 19 of the store’s 128 employees are full-time! Not only are they firing full-time workers and replacing us with a part-time workforce, just this month Juicy capped all part-time workers hours at 21 hours per week. We quickly realized that Juicy Couture is doing everything they can to not take care of its workers.

See, it was hard enough for us to make ends meet in New York City as full-time retail workers. But by keeping hours under 30 per week, Juicy Couture will no longer be required to offer their workers affordable health care – part of the Affordable Health Care Act’s plan to make sure more working Americans have basic health care. Further, we were told we’re only eligible for paid time off in case we’re sick or have other responsibilities if we work 1400 hours in one year. We did the math, and realized part-time workers would never hit the 1400 hours in a year at 21 hours per week. This means that the vast majority of Juicy Couture’s workers will not ever get one single paid sick day. [Emphasis added.]

Welcome to Cicero’s “you may not be interested in politics, but be assured that politics is interested in you”.  The Progressives have their own modern take on it: Politics is personal and the personal IS politics.  In other words, Progressives are making EVERYTHING political (with glee, none of this “can’t you just leave me alone!” with them) and these youngsters are learning this Progressive lesson for them up close, personal, and HARD.

(H/T: RedState)

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  • allen

    where I work, we have people working 25 hours a week FOR FREE just for the chance to possibly get in and have a paying job. if they still have unemployment left, they still get it, but most don’t. this is how things work today, and we should all be prepared for it.

    “corporate loyalty” is dead. they have no loyalty to you, nor you to them. welcome to the new mercenary culture, where the only loyalty is to the paycheck at the end of the week and working anywhere for more than a few years is either a miracle or a government job.

  • C. dog e. doG

    Skip, you endow these ‘utes with far too much capacity to learn by connecting dots, not matter how closely they are aligned, and no matter how big the numbers for instructin’ the lil’ darlin’s about the proper order and sequence. I put my money on the cry babies just asking for Nanny and their Chosen One to save them (as usual, from themselves and their bad decisions).
    – C. dog

    • granitegrok

      They may ‘get them some” now but when it all falls apart later on, they will figure it out (or be ripe for the picking by somebody else).

  • LawrenceNative

    …we have to pass the bill to see what’s in the bill…

  • Tim from Nashua

    They should consider it an honor to work at a company named ‘Juicy Couture’. Sounds like tthe name of a female that James Bond would share his bedsheets with.

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  • Phil

    I’m sorry, at what point were you able to access the voting records of all these Juicy Couture workers? And who says just because you vote for someone you have to agree with everything that politician does?
    Besides, sounds like their complaint is that they WANT to work more hours. What’s wrong with that?

    • granitegrok

      As a voting cohort, it is well known that the Millennials voted for Obama by well over 20 – 30%, showing approval for the President, and by proxy, his policy gem, Obamacare. For years now, it has been well known that the provisions of Obamacare have redefined the hours needed to be considered to be a full time worker – downward from 35/36 to 30. It has also been known for a year or so now, that many companies would be cutting those hours.

      No one is saying that you vote for a President that you must agree with all of his policies – that is not the point of the post. What IS the point is that the conditions that these clueless wonders have been known – if they only became high information consumers of current events. They are complaining that they got blindsided – my contention is that they put on, and left on, their own set of blinders.

      The post is also a case, because of that cohort’s post, of proving “be careful what you vote for – you might get it” and these youngsters are now starting to get it hard and fast due to Obama’s political and economic policies. Sure, there is NOTHING wrong in wanting to work more hours, but they sound like they believe that they are ENTITLED or OWED to those hours by their current employer – they are not.

      They are blaming their employer instead of the root cause of Progressives putting in the complete takeover of our healthcare system via Obamacare – and now these young’uns are learning TANSTAAFL. Juicy Couture is only reacting to the constraints of what Government is doing to them – just like we all have to.

      Wouldn’t it be so much better if Government left us alone and let us make our own decisions? And yes, that would also mean removing the tax advantage given ONLY to employers for paying for healthcare insurance.

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