Robert Collins 
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Re: “So This Happened.

Ah yes, the Rose Festival. Where the US Navy swims upstream to spawn.

Posted by Robert Collins on 06/10/2011 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Look at this Photo Before the IMF Yanks It

President Obama is saying "back off Dominique.... she's mine!".

Posted by Robert Collins on 05/27/2011 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Grand Rapids: Not Dead Yet

President Obama is saying "back off Dominique.... she's mine!".

Posted by Robert Collins on 05/27/2011 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Wanted: Music Intern

Okay,here's the deal. By 4 PM tomorrow you will post on this site that you will begin paying interns Oregon's minimum wage effective immediately and that you will pay all future interns minumumage or I am going to get you shut down.

And if you think I can't, try me.

Posted by Robert Collins on 09/01/2010 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Wanted: Music Intern

Ha! You two faced pricks crack me up.

You've never seen a tax increase you didn't love.

You've never seen a union cause you didn't embrace.

You constantly bash Republicans for taking advantage of our prosperous society.

And you can't pay minimum wage to "interns" who work their ass off, add to your editorial content, and allow you to have fewer full time employees.

I've hired interns out from community colleges for the last 20 years. Currently we pay them ten bucks an hour (more than the minimum wage) and help them with their college credits.

The main thing that pisses me off is your hypocrisy.

You guys always advocate for the little guy.

You always rail against the rich guy.

You love the co-ops, the nightlife and the "Portland" scene. You portray that scene as being all tolerant for all points of view and diversity and tolerance.

Amd then you fuck a bunch of kids out of eight bucks an hour for three to six months because you can.

You, Portland Mercury, are hypocrisy incarnate.

Posted by Robert Collins on 09/01/2010 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Wanted: Music Intern

I'm sending your post to BOLI. We'll let them decide.

Posted by Robert Collins on 09/01/2010 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Wanted: Music Intern

Here are the rules for interns according to BOLI which I just pulled off their website:

CRITERIA FOR TRAINEES
When all of the following criteria apply, trainees or students are not employees within the meaning of wage and hour laws:

1) The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school;

2) The training is for the benefit of the trainees or students;

3) The trainees or students do not displace regular employees, but work under their close supervision;

4) The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees or students; and on occasion his operations may actually be impeded;

5) The trainees or students are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period; and

6) The employer and the trainees or students understand that the trainees or students are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.

I think you are pushing the envelope on points 1 and 3 and definitely in violation on point 4.

Stop being cheap pricks. Pay the kids.

Posted by Robert Collins on 09/01/2010 at 4:43 PM

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