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  •  two things (2+ / 0-)
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    litho, gc10

    First, I didn't say that they were women. I said they were homemakers.

    Second, I am trying to differentiate between this cadre of staff and the college students, because their motivations and longevity with our company are different. I regret, again, the imperfection of my nomenclature, and apologize for any offense given.

    Third: This is a place people like to work. It is considered to be a good part-time job in this town. Splitting this into a worker-management conflict simply doesn't fit.

    The emotional loading of the word overseer...I don't think I earned that one.

    "Good Lord, how can the rich bear to die?" -- Nikos Kazantzakis

    by Shocko from Seattle on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:52:39 AM PST

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    •  Well. . . (5+ / 0-)

      "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

      by second gen on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:56:38 AM PST

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    •  Come on (6+ / 0-)

      "Splitting this into a worker-management conflict simply doesn't fit."

      You think what you pay your employees is not a management-employee difference?

      •  BTW (2+ / 0-)
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        melfunction, Urban Owl

        I am not fond of the idea of folks bringing up personal business to support or attack arguments (though others have gone after me for what I do.)

        I'm not criticizing the diarist for opposing the increase in the minimum wage. From his perspective, that makes perfect sense.

        I am disagreeing with his analysis as presented.

    •  Of course it's a worker management issue. (7+ / 0-)

      Pay is always a worker management issue.  And who your workers are and why they're there is irrelevant to the issue of whether you're compensating them fairly for their time.

      I'm sorry if you're offended by the word overseer.  I did not intend it in the way I believe you might have interpreted it.  I just sense that you believe your employees see you as a friend rather than an employer.  If that is the case, I honestly think that might be a problem in your business in and of itself.  

      You and your employees are NOT equals.  They don't get to make any of the decisions about the business.  And for you to try and pretend you are equals in your own mind can really create some havoc in a business.  And I know.  I made the same kind of mistake early on in my own business and it bit me hard.  I wanted to be this benevolent, warmly regarded employer who lived my liberal ideas.  But no matter how hard you try to pretend your all equal, they ALL know the power and decision making is in your hands and your hands alone.  And they don't feel all warm and fuzzy over your efforts to pretend otherwise.  They might be nice, friendly people who enjoy your company and keep on working for low wages because they have so few other options available to them.  But that doesn't mean they view you quite as favorably as you imagine.  

      Not trying to depress you here, just trying to get you to see things a tad more realistically than you seem to be at the moment.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:19:16 AM PST

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      •  quick response (0+ / 0-)

        Not everything is a worker-management issue. All points taken, understood, acknowledged.

        There is more to life, more to this puzzle, than that simple construct.

        "Good Lord, how can the rich bear to die?" -- Nikos Kazantzakis

        by Shocko from Seattle on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:52:43 PM PST

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