Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)
Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:13 PM
TheMastersNemesis (3,657 posts)
9. Work At Will
Most work in the country is "work at will". That means the employer owns you and you have few rights as a worker. In today's environment is it going to be very difficult to get worker protection laws passed. The Department of Labor has been cut so much it is pretty ineffective as an enforcer now. This is particularly true at the state and local level. 600,000 public sector jobs have been lost and this fact effects everything. Also many enforcement agencies were staffed with right wingers by Bush and they are still running things in many ways.
I worked at DOL for 24 years and watched the labor and employment sector being degraded year by year in favor of employers through deregulation and eroding administrative operations that actually are the machinery of enforcement. My take is that employers have almost free run already to do what they want. Many public workers are now intimidated to do what they are allowed to do by law. The civil service system is under attack and the GOP want to be able to appoint all position based on party. That is patronage. So public employees are hamstrung.
The GOP meme about reducing government is ending all regulation of business. It is "laissez faire" on steroids.
Workers are kind of screwed on this issue you cannot refuse and if you have a fake account it is automatic dismissal if it is discovered. Give the GOP power and corporations will be able to rule your live with impunity. Welcome to the brave new world of slavery in the 21st century.
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