Saturday, April 2, 2011
Exposing the Game
Without unions, you'd be working for fifty cents a day for a 16-hour day, 6 days a week, with no lunch break, no "coffee breaks" or even potty breaks.
There would be no such thing as over-time, sick days, paid holidays or vacations. There would be no retirement or pension plans.
There would be NO safety standards.
No fire extinguishers, no fire escapes.
No helmets, eye protection, respiratory protection, steel-toed boots or even gloves provided by the company.
You'd be forced to live in company-owned housing, shop at a company-owned store where the prices were a lot higher than ay other stores.
You'd have to rent the tools to do your work from the company. You pay extra if a tool was "damaged."
The company would deduct your rent, food, tool rental and so on from your pay until you were in debt to the company and working for free.
And there'd be not a damn thing you could do about it.
You quit, you pay up or go to jail.
You complain, you get evicted, beaten to a pulp, and you pay up or go to jail.
Those aren't the typical working conditions in the US anymore.
And that's only because of Unions.
If we didn't have unions, we'd be back to those working conditions overnight.
And the corporate stooges are working on that very thing.