Global Labor Comparison

With the lowest child-poverty rate among developed nations, Denmark was named the best country for work-life balance in a 2011 report from the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

All three Scandinavian countries — Denmark, Sweden, and Norway — finished in the top seven in the ranking. So famous for their generous social safety net, which sharply divides liberals and conservatives between envy and consternation, northern Europe dominated the list, taking almost all the top ten spots. Continue reading

Sweden Labor

With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Sweden offers its residents a good life. While this does not translate to a lot of wealthy people, Sweden remains one of the most egalitarian countries in terms of income distribution, and has one of the world’s lowest levels of poverty. Working conditions are safe and flexible, and most employee benefits are already negotiated and in place, from paid parental and sick leave to employment-based pension. Continue reading

Labor Around the Rest of the Globe

The Swiss economy is characterised by a skilled and generally ‘peaceful’ workforce. One quarter of the country’s full-time workers are unionised. Labour and management relations are amicable, characterised by a willingness to settle disputes instead of resorting to labour action. About 600 collective bargaining agreements exist today in Switzerland and are regularly renewed without major problems. Continue reading

Compton at a Glance

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    Protracted Economic Disparity

    Commentary by Dean Jones, C.P.M.


    An example of how there is a protracted economic disparity can be seen in the midst of California utility service territories despite legislative and regulatory efforts to affirm entrepreneurial inclusion to expand business relations and increase contracting with historically underutilized minority business enterprises (MBE).  Even with achieving 30% annual spend with the target market of ethnically diverse firms there has been negligible progress toward the state of sustainable employment for utility ratepayers and residents of underserved communities.

    The business strategy contiguous toward addressing the unemployment problem for underserved communities is General Order 156 adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  This regulation stringently guides Southern California Edison (SCE) and other investor-owned utilities was set in motion over a quarter of century ago resulting from CA Assembly Bill 3678 governmental rule making for major utilities to encourage, recruit and utilize minority business enterprises.  The looming question remains is the disparity of quality of life socioeconomic conditions among minorities intended to improve in this regulatory process?

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    Community Disparity

    Land Area in Square Miles

    (California 155,779.22)
    Buena Park 10.52
    Compton 10.2
    Difference (.5)


    (California – 37,691,912)
    Buena Park 81,747
    Compton 97,156
    Difference 15.86%

    Buena Park 4%
    Compton 30%
    Difference 26%

    Buena Park 46%
    Compton 19%
    Difference (27%)

    Buena Park 33%
    Compton 50%
    Difference 17%

    Asians (other)
    Buena Park 17%
    Compton 1%
    Difference (16%)

    Homeownership Rate

    (California 57.4%))
    Buena Park 56.8%
    Compton 56.4%
    Difference (.4)

    Number of Firms

    (California – 3,425,510)
    Buena Park 6,408
    Compton 5,082
    Difference 1,326

    Buena Park- n/a-
    Compton 28%
    Difference 26%

    Buena Park 46%
    Compton 19%
    Difference 28%

    Buena Park15.9%
    Difference (27.1%)

    Unemployment Rate

    (California 10.2%))
    Buena Park 6.19%
    Compton 18%
    Difference (11.81%)