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  •  Wow (10+ / 0-)

    You've just mouthed the libertarian justification for every union-busting in history.

    Also, we don't need occupational safety laws because the workers can always choose to work somewhere else; we don't need equal pay laws because the workers can always choose to work somewhere else; we don't need any laws protecting workers because they can always work somewhere else. Oh, the good old days before such laws! 16-hour days for peanuts, dangerous and toxic conditions, workers locked inside, women paid a fraction of what men were - but they could all leave and go elsewhere any time they wanted!

    There is a relentless push for people to work longer and longer and more irregular and unpredictable hours. It wrecks family life, friendships, hobbies and interests outside of work, exercise and health, reading and education time, community involvement and essential sleep. I support anyone who resists it.

    It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man. --H.L. Mencken

    by denise b on Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 03:04:11 PM PST

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    •  These people need a union: (2+ / 0-)
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      denise b, Mike08

      People working in a computer keyboard facory in China have these rules:

      • Workers are prohibited from talking, listening to music, raising their heads, putting their hands in their pockets. Workers are fined for being one minute late, for not trimming their fingernails-which could impede the work, and for stepping on the grass. Workers are searched on the way in and out of the factory. Workers who hand out flyers or discuss factory conditions with outsiders are fired.
      • The assembly line never stops, and workers needing to use the bathroom must learn to hold it until there is a break.
      • All overtime is mandatory, with 12-hour shifts seven days a week and an average of two days off a month. A worker daring to take a Sunday off-which is supposedly their weekly holiday-will be docked 2 ½ days' wages. Including unpaid overtime, workers are at the factory up to 87 hours a week. On average, they are at the factory 81 hours a week, while toiling 74 hours, including 34 hours of overtime, which exceeds China's legal limit by 318 percent!
      • The workers are paid a base wage of 64 cents an hour, which does not even come close to meeting subsistence level needs. After deductions for primitive room and board, the workers' take-home wage drops to just 41 cents an hour. A worker toiling 75 hours a week will earn a take-home wage of $57.19, or 76 cents an hour including overtime and bonuses. The workers are routinely cheated of 14 to 19 percent of the wages legally due them.

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