A Simple Solution to the Labor Shortage: Raise Wages

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      ZimInSeattle
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      If you treat employees as cheap, then that’s what you’ll get. But if you view them as valuable assets, then that’s what they’ll be—and you’ll all be better off.

      JIM HIGHTOWER

       by Creators.com

      A recent newspaper article had an astonishing headline: “Labor shortages end when wages rise.”

      Gosh, Captain Obvious, what an amazing discovery! Someone notify the Nobel Prize committee, for this revolutionary revelation about How-Things-Work surely will win this year’s prize in economics. Better yet, someone notify Sen. Mitch McConnell and that whole gaggle of Republican governors whose theory of labor economics begins and ends with the medieval demand that workers be whacked with a stick to make them do what the bosses want.

      At issue is the furious complaint by restaurant chains, nursing homes, call centers, Big Ag and other low-wage employers that they have a critical labor shortage. It seems that millions of workers today are hesitant to take jobs because there’s no affordable child care, or the jobs they’re offered expose them and their families to illness and death from COVID-19, or the work itself is abusive and demeaning… or all of the above.

      Business chieftains wail that, with the economy reopening, they’ve been advertising thousands of jobs for waiters, nursing assistants, poultry workers and such, but they can’t get enough takers. So, Congress critters and governors who obsequiously serve the corporate powers have rushed to their rescue. Shouting, “Whack ’em with a stick!” these mingy politicians are stripping away jobless benefits for America’s workers, trying to leave them with no choice but to take any crappy job they’re offered. It gives new meaning to the term “workforce.”

      More: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/09/simple-solution-labor-shortage-raise-wages

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      closeupready
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      But business consultants are incentivized to tell businesses (in doing fake studies, cherry-picking data) that there are plenty of cheap ways to get workers to work, and work harder and harder, without having to give raises.

      There is a history in the United States of worker abuse, including the use of forced labor and human slaves, so again, I am not optimistic that wages will be raised.

      Henry Ford did it, against the wishes of his capitalist peers, and we know how that story went. Germany has a well-paid, highly unionized workforce, and they are one of the strongest economies on Earth, per capita.

      But business owners don’t want to hear any of that.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #428735
      HassleCat
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      If workers had healthcare independent of the workplace, employers wouldn’t have to worry about offering it as incentive.

      • #429013
        ZimInSeattle
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        🙂

        "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “theory of labor economics begins and ends with the medieval demand that workers be whacked with a stick to make them do what the bosses want”

      🙂

      most low-wage workers don’t get any health care coverage, so I don’t think the bosses are too worried about offering it.  Those who are just put two people part-time at minimum wage instead of one full-timer.

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