Workers’ Rights: A Thought Process

Here’s the problem:

Capitalism doesn’t protect or benefit those who can’t contribute directly to the system, nor does it guarantee a certain quality of life.

Here’s the bandage:

We fill the holes of capitalism with social programs.

Here’s the cycle:

Those programs cost money, which means more taxes, but nobody’s making enough to pay more taxes.

Here’s the compromise:

Raise minimum wage.

The social backlash:

But why should some dropout flipping burgers make what I make per hour?

The terrible truth:

If the federal government increased minimum wage to match our productivity over the past half century, minimum wage would be almost $22 an hour. This is why so many of us have been, or are on food stamps, and other kinds of government assistance. We’re all long overdue for a substantial upgrade in the payroll department.

The wall:

It’s not in a company’s best fiscal interests to increase the cost of labor, every action taken comes at the cost of the employee. As soon as our pay goes up our hours drop. When our hours go up our medical goes down; it’s a wreaking ball that won’t stop until every last dollar is gone out of the worker’s pocket. Eventually this will put everyone at a stand still. Private companies are making billions in profits while our government is raking in debt–a lot of which comes from cleaning up after these corporations.

The solution:

Workers’ rights for the new century. When you decide to work for someone your giving them a service, not your life. If a company can’t afford to pay it’s employees enough to live a certain quality of life then they should have built a better business model. You shouldn’t have to put in 60 hours a week to get by, nor should workers get their hours cut just because some suit up the ladder wants to stuff more cash into his pocket. The government can a cut a huge bulk of its debt simply by making laws to protect workers against corporate greed instead of voicelessly mopping up the mess after. We won the 40 hour work week, and the eight hour day, but it doesn’t stop there. We need laws that protect us, and ultimately the companies themselves–who’ve shown time after time they don’t work for our interest, just our money.

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