Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Get Mad, Get Even If Work Is Hell, Here's How to Strike Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Don't Get Mad, Get Even If Work Is Hell, Here's How to Strike Back

Article excerpt

Ever notice how the boss keeps talking about belt-tightening, but never seems to miss a meal? All he has to do is announce a massive layoff.

Boom! Up goes the stock and here comes the bonus check. Meanwhile employees who survive get wage freezes and reduced benefits. Challenge the logic and you're told to be thankful you have a belt to tighten.

No wonder the workforce is in a lousy mood.

Well, finally somebody has had enough. On the Web, workers are starting to fight back.

One of the loudest voices in the online underground is Disgruntled, the Business Magazine for People Who Work for a Living. Editor Daniel S. Levine, an advertising man turned (Groucho) Marxist, operates under the slogan, "Employees of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your jobs." For someone who professes to hate the working world, Levine seems to be enjoying his new position.

The site is educational and entertaining. Along with information on employee rights and legal resources, you'll find horror stories (Worker Sues Over Being Chained To Desk), suggestions for getting "gruntled," gripes, and tales of revenge on the job. If you're browsing at work, there's even a button on each page to use if the boss shows up. It links to a fake spreadsheet entitled "Our Mission Is To Increase Shareholder Value", so at least you'll look busy. Just be sure to access the page before you need it. That way it will be stored in your browser's cache and load more quickly.

Of course, it's not just jobs and bosses that make work so upsetting.

For millions of folks, the commute ruins the day before it gets started. Emil Gallant's personal road to Hell is California Highway 17. Apparently California drivers make the maniacs on Highway 40 look like models of driving skill and etiquette. A lesser person would be content with mere profanity and vulgar gestures. …

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