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Old 10-02-2015, 02:30 PM
 
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Where are workers most likely to be given vacation time, paid livable wages, and not subjected to dangerous or highly stressful conditions? I know the US in general is quite anti-worker and pro-business, but is there any "bastion" where workers have the upper hand or at least less of a lower hand? Are blue states more pro-worker, or just more socially liberal?
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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Historically it's "Blue States" and where unions still have a strong presence versus the "Right To Work" states. There is some overlap but largely the former.....so states in the Northwest, Midwest and West Coast along with Hawaii and Alaska are among the best, and the worst is pretty much all of the South/Sunbelt and Plains States.

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Old 10-03-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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My expereince, living everywhere from Vermont to Florida in the east, is the the Philly, NY, DE, NJ Northeast area is going to pay the best and attracts the best or at least most serious people for most professions. Florida, SC, GA, TN, the absolute worst, and the midwest, IN, KY, MO etc, pretty bad with paying less than prevailing wage for a given profession, worker welfare not high on anyones list. As mentioned by Kyle19125(wisest poster on CD), any states that embrace conservative ALEC/Right-to-Work policies are going to have lower wages, benefits and less vacation time across the board. States like TN who claim that RTW is bringing their state jobs fail to mention how much they devalue the worker. One trip to Florida will show anyone that a preponderance of low-paying, no-benefit jobs do not help an area at all.
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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The class system is not as rigid, unions are still fairly prevalent, employers (in general) are more fair with employees. Also, as an RN, California is the only state which has instituted nurse-to-patient ratios which decrease nurse burnout and increase patient safety/care.
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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The class system is not as rigid, unions are still fairly prevalent, employers (in general) are more fair with employees. Also, as an RN, California is the only state which has instituted nurse-to-patient ratios which decrease nurse burnout and increase patient safety/care.
I can't speak for California, but my experience here in Oregon is that it's pretty anti-labor. Is California different?
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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In general I think you want to look for places with low unemployment.

Generally Minneapolis has chronic labor shortages when it isn't in a recession. Its climate acts as a brake on in migration. When its economy is healthy there isn't enough workforce growth to keep up with job creation. This happened throughout the '90s and is now happening again. The result is that people have to treat their employees well and pay them well, or they will loose them.

I work in the restaurant industry as a head chef, I know a lot of talented chefs who have moved here from New York who have a lot of trouble when they first come here because of the difference. The dictatorial ways of running a fine dining kitchen in the northeast won't fly in fine dining kitchens here, local cooks won't tolerate being treated like that, and instead will just go work for someone else. My impression is that it is the same in most other sectors.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I can't speak for California, but my experience here in Oregon is that it's pretty anti-labor. Is California different?
I can't say, but get the impression there are a lot more people moving to Oregon than there are jobs there. Drew makes a good point about supply & demand.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Of course, this survey is based upon perceived financial well being. It may be there are regional differences in terms of how easily people will be happy with what they have. Still, there is a clear geographic pattern. The Upper Midwest is the most financially secure area, the Northeast, West (barring Alaska and Hawaii) and the Lowe Midwest is in the middle, and people in most of the South are not well off at all.
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