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We can't keep good help overnight at work. We've lost five incredible employees in the past year, people who had to be replaced by two or three new hires each to get the same amount of work done. Does that mean they were each worth $27/hr? I guess not. CEOs are paid millions supposedly because the company needs them badly and must compete for top talent, but why doesn't that apply to regular workers too? Why doesn't the exact same principle apply?

If somebody is so damn good that paying them a very high wage (or even $15) would actually SAVE you money, why not do it? Why not do whatever it takes to keep them, including benefits and for God's sake full time- WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT YOUR BEST PEOPLE WORKING AS MUCH AS THEY REASONABLY CAN? This makes absolutely no sense to me at all.

Going back to the example at hand, we are of course badly needed. The store can't sell anything if it's not on the shelves. It's hard enough to get anybody to work nights let alone anybody good. We've been luckier than most on that point.

Of course if we could get health insurance OFF THE BACKS of employers that alone would help tremendously. Why don't large employers lobby FOR universal health care, single payer, MEDICARE FOR ALL? Why not? It absolutely is in their interest, if they can take five minutes to think long term. Why do you think car makers went not to Mexico but CANADA? If they can cut benefit costs to half what they are now or less WHY NOT? Put some of that lobbying muscle to good use for once.

And in the current market, mine is a good employer.

Yet if the company is struggling to compete with Walmart and other cut rate retailers in the Great Recession and our own employees can't afford to shop here, why should the execs get bonuses at all? Why shouldn't they be replaced at lower salaries? Apparently their performance is poor. Does that make them disposable too?

You know what? It's actually not just greed. It's not just a cold calculation of cost-benefit, the bottom line. It's an ingrained attitude that the working classes are less human than the corporate masters. It's a perverted understanding of the term "net worth". And when lying sniveling elitist little shits like Paul Ryan claim to be "Christian"? Well, this has gone on long enough already...

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    by Edward L Cote on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:03:17 PM PST

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    Like my employer, who pays well above median wages and offers a great benefit package, but other than that really sucks to work for. Everyone is overworked and tired but leaving means taking a significant paycut.

    I wouldn't say the employees are loyal, by any means. But they stay and perform well because it's simply in their best financial interest to do so.

    This only works for so long, though. I'm ready to take a paycut. I want my fucking life back.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:44:41 PM PST

  •  Because: (0+ / 0-)

    1) Churn is built into the system
    2) The person who has determined their pay has decided that they don't affect the bottom line

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:40:45 PM PST

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