May 31, 2013 |
Dear Liz: My spouse has tenure at a university. Given that one of us will always be employed, should we change the way we look at the amount of money we keep in an emergency fund or our risk tolerance for investments? Answer: Even tenured professors can get fired or laid off. Tenure was designed to protect academic freedom, but professors can lose their jobs because of serious misconduct, incompetence or economic cutbacks, such as when a department is eliminated or a whole university is closed.
May 22, 2013 |
People react differently when the pressure mounts, the screws tightened and disappointment is heightened. Fair or not, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly is a man under fire. He is clearly feeling the weight of growing discontent. And if he is going down for it all, he has apparently decided it will not be without a fight, belated or not. Mattingly -- the players' manager, the great defender of his team -- turned the other way before Wednesday's game in Milwaukee. His patience has finally worn out. As tactfully as he could manage, he called out his team , and Andre Ethier in particular, over its play this season.
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April 24, 2013 |
In his Wednesday column, Steve Lopez said it's time for public employee unions to make concessions. Lopez said he believes strongly in unions but the times require compromise: For more than half of my 38 years in the news business, I've been a member of a union, though I'm not currently. And my late father was a proud Teamster for decades. So I appreciate the goods that unions deliver to nearly 15 million members in the United States: living wages and good benefits.
April 8, 2013 |
The workplace is changing as many companies, looking to increase productivity, ask employees for more while giving them less, according to a Los Angeles Times series. That's difficult for individuals at work - but it might also have a profound impact on the economy in the long-term. If workers feel that they have little job security and could be replaced at any time, they're unlikely to spend a lot of money on the big ticket items that fuel consumer spending and, thus, the GDP. With professional development opportunities disappearing, promotions are harder to come by, restricting access to the middle class.
March 26, 2013 |
It's an age-old question in basketball, from the pickup courts to the NBA: Who's got next? That's certainly the question over at UCLA, where there has been no shortage of speculation about who will replace Ben Howland as basketball coach. Some Bruins fans can't seem to understand why the likes of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan aren't lining up for the job. Or maybe that Coach K guy. Others are championing champions from the mid-major ranks such as Gonzaga's Mark Few, Butler's Brad Stevens or Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart.
March 21, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - UCLA is in the NCAA tournament, which used to be a rite of spring around Westwood. The Bruins should advance in the NCAA tournament … and advance … and advance. This is a requirement UCLA fans insist on. No one in the locker room should be happy just to be there. John Wooden retired 38 years ago, but the mandate remains. The No. 24-ranked Bruins tote that onto the court against Minnesota Friday night in their NCAA tournament opener at the Erwin Center. To please their fan base and silence critics, this can't be a one-and-done experience.