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  •  It is NOT legal!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Silvia Nightshade

    But I am a worker also, and understand the necessity of having a job. Note: you cannot be held to an illegal contract.

    Laws are meaningless unless they are enforced.

    Here is what the NLRA says about your right to organize where you work (organizing includes discussing wage, hours, benefits with your fellow workers!):

    The NLRA also protects employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activities, with or without a union, which are usually group activities (two or more employees acting together) attempting to improve working conditions, such as wages and benefits. Some examples of such activities include:
    two or more employees addressing their employer about improving their working conditions and pay;
    one employee speaking to his/her employer on behalf of himself/herself and one or more co-workers about improving workplace conditions;

    two or more employees discussing pay or other work-related issues with each other.

    What you are describing is similar to what used to be called a "yellow dog contract." Also illegal.

    Amazing how brazen they are getting to even put it in writing. They know the law is rarely enforced because working people are usually too desperate for a job to risk asking for enforcement.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: Right-to-Work/Right-to-Live(?)

    by JayRaye on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:59:55 AM PST

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    •  Legal or not, this is almost a taboo subject (0+ / 0-)

      In my experience, it's easier to get people to talk about their sex lives at work than what they get paid.  If it's done at all, it's done in whispers, with no hard numbers, between a couple of people who have established a trust relationship.  "I make around $$...." or "I make something over $50K..."

      Sure you can talk to your supervisor, team lead, manager... but you will only be doing it in terms of your own pay, in a vacuum, without knowing whether you're getting less because you're female, or over 50, or don't have those certifications that the managers decided they liked at the last leadership meeting...

      If this were not the case, women would almost certainly not need the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  The whole idea that someone would not know for DECADES that they were being underpaid due to their gender is entirely predicated on treating pay as a more unspeakable subject in the workplace than sex, religion or politics.

      How I wish there was a union for IT workers.  One with teeth.

      History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

      by stormicats on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:06:48 PM PST

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