"Why would national hiring day be news? And who is behind it? These are questions that would be asked before NPR would report on it. Just doesn't seem like anything they would cover. " NPR Ombudsman.
"Well why didn't they ask?" - Tom Hendricks
Musea, my 18 year old zine, suggested the idea of a National Hiring Day. Here was the official announcement:
Musea E-mail Club #518 - (Originally Posted 11/30/10)
Musea Zine calls for a National HIRING DAY. This is a day that corporations are encouraged to hire new employees. The day suggested is Wednesday JANUARY 19, 2011. Corporations are called on to put patriotism ahead of excess profits and help their country in hard times. Those corporations that cannot hire, are asked to stop firing for that month.
This seemed like a simple way to get the country going again, support what recovery we have, and collectively work together. Then too it was an idea from a long running independent media source that could promote it without taking any sides. And as a bit of irony, it was suggested in a time when 'working together' was in the air!
But none of this seemed reasonable to the 50-100 Media outlets that I sent the message to - not the local media, not the national media, not the liberal media, not the conservative media, and not pundits that talked about jobs daily (oh and sadly not even media watchdogs that talk about what the media won't cover!).
This is a good idea that is not going away until the problem has gone away. National Hiring Day #2 is suggested for a month or two from now.
To those who question the idea, they don't question how this would help those out of a job, or the economy; they question how it would help corporations. Well here's how:
National Hiring Day, what an easy way to help all. Let's say you run a small business, by hiring one person, you are a part of this. Many others hire one or more. Then because you (and others) hired one or more, thousands have gotten jobs, lost insecurity and worry, and are ready to buy from you and others. AND they have a good reason to support your company. Just one hire from enough small businesses and the whole country has a big boost. You help a little and get good will from thousands that find jobs, in return.
But again, let's let corporations talk (and the media that won't talk about it). Let them stand up and say why they can't be bothered to help their country by doing so little when it would mean so much.”
(editor of the 18 year old zine Musea)
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