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A Raw, Public Deal for American Worker

sam allen Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:25 AM
In our small community in central Minnesota we have several small companies that employ between 100-250 people. When they go from private local ownership to being bought out by large multinationals (as several have), I then get really worried because the decision being made about the future of the company are now thousands of miles away. Any local personal who has invested their time, talents, and life in that company for years, is now at the whims of people who don't know them and do not necessarily care about them. As a result not long after the ownership change has taken place, several companies have uproot completely, not because the company is losing money, but because various other concerns.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 7:08 PM
Money is not a moral issue. These days, there seems to be antipathy toward the owners of a company - you know, the ones who took all the risks and made all the sacrifices to start the company - actually making a profit, let alone making more money that the workers. Companies are founded for one reason: to make money. If they make enough profit to hire sorkers, great. But if they can't, then the workers have to go elsewhere. There's no magic money tree in the coprorate office to pay for all this "morality."
MoreFreedom Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 3:46 PM
The people who bought the company do have "personal, monetary [and] professional consequences" and interests in the company. If the managers they hire uproot the company affecting many families, and the uproot doesn't improve the company, you can be sure the owners won't be uncritically listening to those managers anymore, if those managers aren't fired outright. That is the "personal, monetary and professional consequence" of a big error.
sam allen Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:31 AM
So someone with a stable job who is very skilled in that position, can be out of work with little or no warning in under a month, and the people who made that decision face no personal, monetary, or professional consequences. Treating people simply as commodities is not right, and while in the short term these types of decision may make a company more profitable, it makes out culture less human. CEO's and managers become callous. Workers become jaded. Families are ripped apart because of lack of stability. I think a laissez faire system could work if we had moral people up and down the ranks, but frankly our culture no longer has a moral code, so the economic system reflects this.

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