“A Day Without Immigrants” Protest Has Unexpected Outcome
Mar03

“A Day Without Immigrants” Protest Has Unexpected Outcome

“If you’re going to stand up for what you believe in, you have to be willing to pay the price.” These wise words were spoken by Jim Serowski, founder of JVS Masonry in Commerce City, Colorado. His words were a response to, “A Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide day of protests held this February. The protest allowed progressives to voice their outrage at President Donald Trump’s policies regarding immigration by highlighting the effect immigrants have on the productivity of the country as a whole. At JVS Masonry, more than 30 workers failed to show up at the job site on the day of the protest, and as a result, they were terminated immediately. Serowski says, “I stand by what I believe in. I didn’t do anything wrong…They were warned: ‘If you do this, you’re hurting the company, and if you go against the team, you’re not a member of the team.'” Even though employees made their absences from work apparent to Serowski prior to the protest, it still left a bad taste in his mouth. He claims to support immigrant labor, but business is business. Serowski claims he’s known most of the terminated employees for almost two decades, so this couldn’t have been an easy decision to make. Serowski isn’t the only one who terminated employees following “A Day Without Immigrants” — terminations were made all over the country be regretful employers who just want the work to get done. Some employers showed mercy to employees and were supportive of the cause. What made a difference is how the employees handled the protest. Employers tended to be more sympathetic to employees who notified their supervisors in advanced as opposed to a ‘no call no show,’ which could certainly be grounds for termination. The employees aren’t the only ones getting the raw end of the deal. High employee turnover rates can heavily interfere with day-to-day work functions, not to mention the cost — human resources consultants say that employee turnover costs range from 30% to 150% of the employee’s salary. Most employees ended up going back to work on Friday, but those who didn’t are now back on the job...

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Ikea’s New DIY Garden Promotes Local Sustainability
Mar02

Ikea’s New DIY Garden Promotes Local Sustainability

In 2014, roughly 35% of all American households, or 42 million homes, were participating in gardening, up from 17% over the last five years. Thanks to an unlikely organization, the percentage of indoor gardeners will probably increase from 2017 and beyond as well. Ikea, the furniture manufacturer behemoth, has developed a do-it-yourself indoor spherical garden. According to Architecture and Design, the large, indoor product known as “the Growroom,” was designed and developed inside Ikea’s Space10 innovation lab by two Danish architects. Staying in line with Ikea’s award-winning culture, the Growroom was conceived out of a goal to create positive social change in the world. “It is to support or everyday sense of wellbeing in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’ – architecture in our high-paced societal scenery,” said Space10 developers, “and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants.” The Growroom is a multi-tiered spherical garden that was specifically designed to produce enough food to feed the average neighborhood. Ikea made the blueprints and plans available as a free online download in hopes of encouraging people around the world to build a Growroom for their own cities, neighborhoods, and homes. “Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model,” added Space10 developers. “It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment and educates our children of where food actually comes from.” EcoWatch reports that currently, there are plans to build Growrooms in Taipei, Taiwan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Helsinki, Finland; and San Francisco, California. “Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way,” said Growroom designers. In addition to the step-by-step diagrams provided via the online download, to build a Growroom, 17 pieces of plywood are required, along with a rubber hammer, metal screws, a drill, and a CNC...

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