Yesterday with the Hobby Lobby case, we have now allowed the courts to tell us that Corporations are not only people with free($$) speech, but they now have the freedumb of religion. Ohh joy!
Where will this lead? If these paper people are now allowed to impose their religion on their employees, where will it end? Will it end with simply health care benefits, or could it go further?
Could it end with the this line of thought: Corp: WE provide you with a job. With that job, We compensate you with OUR money. As an employee of OUR company, you are also a representative of OUR company whether you are on the clock or not. Your facebook and other social media are open to OUR interpretation and whether we agree with what you publish is agreeable with the fine print in OUR company policy is subject to Corporate policy.
Also, since We compensate you with OUR money that comes from What God bestows upon us with the business acumen that HE has bestowed upon us, if you are doing things that go against what OUR beliefs are, WE should and do reserve the right to terminate your employment at anytime for spending the money that We compensate you with by purchasing things that go against OUR beliefs.
We don’t condone alcohol, drugs,(prescription or illicit) pornography or other sinful things that will be left to the discrimination of our board of directors and Corporate policy handbook, which is 1,000 pages plus. (Non bureaucratic, of course)
Now my questions are these: Does this decision only refer to Christian Corporations, or does it also apply to Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other religions? Are we all going to be at the beck and call of our new religious Corporate laws?
Isn’t it already bad enough that we have few if any rights in the workplace now as it is? Stay tuned for the fallout of this decision. I am sure that we have only heard the first of many shots about to come across the bow of employee rights.
Today is a day to celebrate all the work those of us do that helps make our homes, towns, cities, counties, states, and country a better place to work and live our lives and raise our children to do the same. Unfortunately, this is not what most people celebrate today. A good portion of the laborers are on the job today. Thirty years ago, that would have been unheard of. Of course, you would also have gotten your goods the day before or the day after Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and New Years also, because at least my town was CLOSED those days. Everyone had those days off. They were holidays. Days of rest, relaxation, thanksgiving, and family time. Not today. Now it would be lost economic activity.
Here in America we have become accustomed to being treated rather nicely by employers for the last few decades. That is starting to change. Some of us are waking up to the reality of what our larger employers are and have been doing overseas. Mostly because they have been shipping what used to be decent paid jobs that a person with highschool education and a little work ethic could live on and still afford a little to sock away.
Now that most of these mass production and repetitive jobs have been sent to countries where there are no labor laws, it makes one wonder if the unions didn’t have it right. The number of unions and members has been decimated in this country. Again, I am not a journalist nor do I claim to be unbiased. I just look things up, and if they contradict what a “certain” parties claims are, well, the facts are just that. Is that me being biased? Or am I just biased for the truth?
I keep hearing how these unions have destroyed Detroit, Michigan, and our country. But I just can’t figure out how that can be. We have all heard of the lazy union, drunken, mistake prone, inept and incompetent employees and how they are the only ones being protected. OK. I understand that. I have seen it in action. But those cases seem to be the exception Not the rule. I am sure any one of us can take a look around at the people that we work with or come in contact through our jobs and say the same thing about non union members. It is an unfortunate fact of the human condition. Even those that are considered extremely intelligent are prone to “errors of humanity”. Admit it, you have walked into a room and forgot what the hell you were even going in there for. 🙂
Detroit used to be a bustling metropolitan area of more than 1 million people. Northern Michigan used to be a vacation destination for a lot of these people to get away from the production line and city life for a couple of weekends a year. There was massive amounts of economic activity driven by these workers. This was a good portion of the money that these poorer rural communities received during the year. That has been slowing for over a two decades now, and was drastically reduced during the last decade of outsourcing.
So It seems that union busting is actually putting more money into the hands of CEO’s and less in the workers pocket. What are the end results of that? A slower economy.
Remember, unions fought and died so that we could have 40 hour work weeks, family time, benefits, and weekends for our recreation. Is that too much to ask? Some say yes it is.
Here is a few websites for you to visit if you wish to know more about the labor and union movements
Have a Happy Labor Day!
Disclaimer; I am not now, nor have I ever been affiliated with any union. Nor is this a paid ad for them. It is, simply put, one workers opinion and observations. Take them for what you will.