The ‘Private Governments’ That Subjugate U.S. Workers
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By Chris Hedges
Corporate dictatorships—which strip employees of fundamental constitutional rights, including free speech, and which increasingly rely on temp or contract employees who receive no benefits and have no job security—rule the lives of perhaps 80 percent of working Americans. These corporations, with little or no oversight, surveil and monitor their workforces. They conduct random drug testing, impose punishing quotas and targets, routinely engage in wage theft, injure workers and then refuse to make compensation, and ignore reports of se xual harassment, assault and r ape. They use managerial harassment, psychological manipulation—including the pseudo-science of positive psychology—and intimidation to ensure obedience. They fire workers for expressing leftist political opinions on social media or at public events during their off-hours. They terminate those who file complaints or publicly voice criticism about working conditions. They thwart attempts to organize unions, callously dismiss older workers and impose “non-compete” contract clauses, meaning that if workers leave they are unable to use their skills and human capital to work for other employers in the same industry. Nearly half of all technical professions now require workers to sign non-compete clauses, and this practice has spread to low-wage jobs including those in hair salons and restaurants.
January 15, 2019 at 10:53 AM #12471Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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+++ Excellent exposition of the state of employment today. It’s way worse than it has been anytime in my lifetime.
January 15, 2019 at 12:12 PM #12508game meatParticipant
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There needs to be a revitalization of the labor movement or this will just keep getting worse. The destruction of unions was one of the biggest tragedies to happen to the middle class, and it’s something that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Things are starting to look way too similar to the early twentieth century in regards to working conditions.
Wal-Mart operates similar to the company towns of the old days only on a national level. People work there, get paid meager wages, and then spend most of their money there since they can’t afford to go anywhere else. And now, Amazon, with ambitions to dominate such huge swaths of the worldwide economy, is trying the same strategy globally.
The worst thing is that not enough people care as this has just become the new normal.
January 15, 2019 at 12:18 PM #12513ThouArtThatParticipant
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All True – Yet – Nothing will change until Americans have had enough.
Sadly, Americans have been asleep at the wheel for decades upon decades.
This has allowed the Oligarchs, Corporations and Banks to quietly undermine and supplant labor laws in their favor.
The essence of normality is the refusal of reality.
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Politics is the entertainment division of the Military Industrial Complex.
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Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges.
That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges.
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January 15, 2019 at 12:39 PM #12521Doremus JessupParticipant
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Indeed. They just moved “The Jungle” out west in the middle of nowhere. This country would starve to death without labor from central and south America. Meat packing plants used to be a great place to make a living though still quite dangerous. Now the factories are run like the episode of Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory. When other peoples are considered less than human, we have a problem.
We will be back to the company store days soon at this rate. There are very few sources of news that are not controlled by our owners. We better hope team D wins in 2020 so the gerrymandering can get some of the teabaggers out of government sooner rather than later. Banning Faux news would be a good start to fixing a few problems…
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