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#1119: What’s in a Name?

April 25, 2016

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #1114: The Numbers Game; #1115: Covert Action; #1116: For Real This Time; #1117: If We Stand Together, We Win

Like the strip suggests, in a huge number of industries, the use of a "supervisor" title (or classification) has been used as a way to disqualify workers from union membership and some protections guaranteed to workers/employees under the National Labor Relations Act.

For some further reading, check out “Supervisor in name only” by the Economic Policy Institute — but note that the Bush-era NLRB decision it discusses was subsequential appealed and tossed out. Still, whether or not certain workers are legitimately classified as supervisors or not comes up a lot when employees lean on NLRA protections for concerted activity or joining/organizing unions.


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hello! The Multiplex 10 Kickstarter project ends in just over 14 days. As of this writing, we are a little north of $12,000, so just over 80% of our base goal. Judging from my last two Kickstarters, we’re doing very well. The final week should pick up considerably over this past week.

BUT don’t forget that we still have a milestone goal of Jason reviewing every Harry Potter movie if we make that $15,000 baseline goal on/before Wednesday, April 26th, though! (Plus Fantastic Beasts if we make it on/before Monday, April 24th. But that seems kind of unlikely at this point.) I thought that was a fun premise… but it’s up to the Gods of Kickstarter now.

I also officially added our first (and, at this point, only) STRETCH GOAL. At $20,000, we’ll be able to do a few extra things:

  • Smoother, 4K animation
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