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Improving Life for Workers

MJ117 Wrote: May 30, 2012 12:38 PM
Greg, you are looking at history & not seeing the idea that we got stuck in a transition from abusive employers running rampant to the next stage with real workers joining efforts to undo their shackles, then when that work was done, the suits moved into the union office suites & the movement stalled in pointless struggles over nothing productive of good If we had made progress from that first effort -- avoiding the co-opting of managing workers from corporate bosses to union bosses -- we would have moved to the Mondragon workers' co-operative structure & all workers would OWN the business they work at, have their own managing control, & be paid from the year end's projected profits. Hence the model would be highly productive Research it
MJ117 Wrote: May 30, 2012 12:46 PM
The way Mondragon got started was that the local workers were convinced to form credit unions which were limited to financial support for startup of co-op businesses. Workers then could borrow, as needed, what the credit union figured would be a reasonable capitalization of reasonable startup companies -- about the price-tag of a work truck

-- joked that it will always be easier to rally politically inclined people behind unrealistic, revolutionary causes than to rally them around subtle economic progress, because no crowd marches behind a banner proclaiming, "Toward a Marginally Improved Society!"
Subtleties are hoaxes of the suits of the academic world
Multigenerational families, life-directed learning & MONDRAGON
It seems intuitive that a free market would lead to a "race to the bottom." In a global marketplace, profit-chasing employers will cut costs by paying workers less and less, and shipping jobs to China.

It's a reason that progressives say government must step in.

So America now has thousands of rules that outlaw wages below $7.25 an hour, restrict unpaid internships and compel people to pay union dues. These rules appear to help workers. But they don't.

"Collective bargaining" sounds good. Collective bargaining "rights" even better. Employers are more sophisticated about job negotiations than individual employees, so why shouldn't workers...