Posted 8 years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 2:33 p.m. EST by warbles
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People like to act like the struggle for the rights of the american worker ended in the 1950s. Nonsense, there are still oppressive anti-worker laws on the books today, and I am fighting for their repeal.
allow workers to form unions. Did you know it is illegal in the US for workers to form unions? Currently, when a company's labor force becomes unionized, the representing union must come from an outside body. The workers of a company are not allowed to organize on their own terms, they merely have the 'right' to vote yes or no to the terms of some outside corporate 'union' conglomerate.
Eliminate age discrimination in employment law. The days of apprenticeship are over. People have stated that they think students should be paid to go to school, and I agree. In days past, students were able to do vocation internship at places of work with their neighbors to learn trades. That practice should not have died with the times, no one should be forced to work but if a child, with their parent's consent, wants to work for a family friend or neighbor why not let them? It is a violation of their rights to step in, just as it is a violation of a gay person's rights to tell them they can't be with the person they choose.
Give every worker an optional 7% raise by allowing them to not fund the rich people's welfare fund known as FICA. No matter who pays for the poor's health care and retirement, it should NOT come out of the paychecks of hard working Americans. Additionally, allowing them to take the extra 7% their employer has to pay would help them even more during hard economic times.
Shooz has asked me to reword this post and remove the propaganda, which I will gladly do. As follows, here is a rewording/clarification of my post.
I had been told/led to believe that it is illegal for a union to represent the workers of only one company, that unions had to represent the workers of a trade. At any rate, company unions are illegal, and they shouldn't be. Workers should have a choice between joining a company union or a trade union, they shouldn't be forced to join either one or any at all. People have the right to work with no union representation at all if they wish.
Eliminate compulsory education. 19 states require school attendance until students turn 18. It is there if they want it, but as many of you know, education is about the will to learn. If a 17 year old has no desire to be in school, than he will not learn anything if he goes. His problems start at home and go much deeper than anything the school can help him with. Why take resources away from the rest of the students in the class? I will have everyone here that I have basically never attended a day of classroom education of any kind in my life, except as a guest in a friend's class for a day. Which brings us to part b of point 2: Kids should be able to work earlier -if they want to-. Note that I said if they want to, the first time I mentioned this all sorts of people here used classic straw man arguments to claim I was in favor of forced child labor. Ridiculous. Children as young as they like should be able, with their parent's permission, to do vocational internships at places they might like to work someday. I'm not talking about hard manual labor, basically an in-depth field trip they get paid to do. As far as people forcing their children to go to work and confiscating the money, this would be illegal as it currently is. Also it is a cultural issue, if a parent would do this they are already abusing the child whether the law changes or not. It would probably help the child to get away from the parent for a few hours a day, but I digress because this will not be a widespread issue anyway.
I realize that the retirees on Social Security paid into the system. But they did not pay in as much as they are getting back. Everything you get in addition to what you paid, plus a little interest, is being stolen from someone working for minimum wage. The average retiree has a net worth of around $250,000. So on average, retirees do not need SS benefits. I realize some of them do, and even the richer ones are owed what they paid. But rich retirees cannot receive multiples of what they paid into the system without the money being stolen from workers. Which brings us to the second part of point 2:
People should be able to opt out of Social Security and Medicare and never receive a thing in return. Workers opting out now will receive a 7% bonus in their paychecks, plus they will be able to bargain for the other 7% their employer contributes. Or they could drop their half and receive half the number of retirement checks...
I will add a point
- (supposed to say "4", software glitch) Let me and my employer negotiate wages with no price floor. I currently work for near minimum wage for a small business. I know the owner, I don't think he makes much more than I do and takes on a whole lot more responsibility and risk than I do. My workplace is within a few hundred feet of my house. We work out terms accordingly, this is the way it should be, an agreement between two people. If the economy gets much worse, my worth as a worker will go down and my employer will need to cut corners. I would rather work for him for less than minimum wage, than for some corporation at minimum wage. Why is it illegal? I don't need to maintain a car or have some of the other expenses a lot of workers have, yet somehow people would have you believe I'm being exploited in my working arrangement. What do I care, if the economy gets worse maybe I'll ask my employer to start paying me under the table instead of me having to get a job somewhere else. Thoughts?