Long-term jobless will get new help

  • Article by: PETER BAKER , New York Times
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 11:47 PM

Big companies agree to change hiring practices.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 1, 1411:26 AM

I bet this will be just as effective as making it illegal to discriminate based on age in hiring as well.

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mexironFeb. 1, 14 5:03 PM

I would love to be in a room with these CEO's after Obama was gone. I'll bet they had a good laugh. Sure Mr. Job creator, that's a good idea, and with your wealth of experience in the corporate world YOU of all people know what works. We will do whatever you say especially since you are such a corporate friendly community activist leader. I'm sure they realize that you would never blame corporations for YOUR failed policies. What a tool this Obama clown is.

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kallman11Feb. 2, 14 6:21 AM

Pretty unbelievable that Obama would even ask given all that he has done to bash business at every turn. I agree that these CEO's probably chuckled about this purely political move. If the skills meet the job, a candidate will be hired. No need to play the government strong arm as we know how effective that is...

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ebenezerFeb. 2, 14 8:05 AM

It goes without saying, age discrimination has been worsening since the mid-60's. Combined with "time-without-work" discrimination, this travesty has worsened substantially since the 90's when youth became more closely associated with high tech innovation and Wall street hustle. While the older folks were just as competent, on average much wiser, and certainly more experienced with long-term corporate viability, they began to be discriminated against as youth were indiscriminately and inappropriately given wider management responsibility...particularly those with advanced degrees from prestigious schools. The older folks were also paid a lot during the growth of low cost foreign production moves, and were hence the first targets of cost cutting to meet foreign competition. These younger managers have been responsible for nearly all of the major financial and manufacturing crises to hit this country in the last 30 years. Their expensively educated youth culture has also become ingrained in our work force...with no real foundation and no connection to the reality of most job requirements. This is part of a leadership and economic inequality crisis in this country that has been brewing for decades. Any effort, by any politician, regardless of party affiliation, should be welcomed.

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briechersFeb. 2, 14 2:58 PM

He thinks it so it must be so. Just because people are out of work for extended periods of time doesn't mean they aren't hard workers. Agree, it also doesn't mean any of the things he suggested. I've just started to read practical wisdom...it makes a point of identifying clueless people who despite good intention make things worse. And before anyone gives President Obama credit for avoiding a great depression, nearly all the heavy lifting to avoid a depression was done by the Federal Reserve, their easy money and recapitalization of the banks.

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redeye12Feb. 2, 14 6:39 PM

They still have to have job openings available. And most of these firms are hiring very little. Why, because of the Obama administration policies.

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