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  •  Workplace safety and fairness are gone. (8+ / 0-)

    The weakening of unions and the increasing strength of capital have done a number of employee rights in recent decades, even at the white collar level.

    I used to work in a research hub in NYC whose management would routinely underpay or not pay, would require 16-20 hours days unpaid with no overtime, did not provide health insurance, and rented an office that was unsafe and violated a number of OSHA regs.

    Individual employees that complained, even a little, were canned.

    Eventually all employees at the New York office banded together and went to the regs. What happened?

    Each office in this "family" of interacting companies based in Europe were separate companies with similar names. They simply fired everyone immediately, shuttered the office, and the company that was the N.Y. office, closing the investigation.

    They opened a new company and a new office in Boston weeks later and proceeded to pick up where they left off.

    I hope these workers do better, but somehow I can imagine Wal-Mart simply dropping the contract, saying they had "no knowledge" of what was going on and picking up a new contract with a "new company" within a year that somehow has many ties to the old company which, after having lost its contract, simply shut its doors and fired everyone.

    -9.63, 0.00
    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 11:08:12 AM PDT

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