Economics is a hot topic on Ats these days. Many of us are being forced to take second jobs, (myself included ) and Corporate America is seriously
riding our necks in a terrible way. I wish to propose a handful of solutions that I think are viable with the proper public out cry.
1: Unionize the Service Industry
As America becomes both a Communication and or a Service Industry Economy isn't it high time we did something to assure that the bulk of our citizens
get paid properly?
I have a friend who works in Fast Food every single night his register takes in aprox 3000.00-4000.00 dollars yet.. He makes 7.50 per hr, receives no
benefits and is not allowed to so much as have a jar out for tips either!!!!
The sheer grotesque behavior to employees in the service Industry is intolerable. These companies make gross profits, usually the owner of such places
works as little as 20 hrs a week if a franchise and takes in yearly an income in the high 6 figures.
I propose a National Service Industry Strike
93 million Americans work in the service Industry
93 Million Americans the BULK of our work force, we could cripple the country in a single organized strike until they gave in to some simple demands
that would never affect the bottom line in anyway and make massive economic improvements and stimulate the economy. These people are not 2nd class
citizens nor do they deserve to be treated as such.
I remember only 20 years ago when I was a teen... I worked for a Supermarket
I was in the grocers Union at the age of 18 (which I don't know if that even exists to any degree anymore)
I received benefits
I received a small raise every 90 days
I received time and 1/2 pay for any day over 8 hrs
Breaks, small ones, were not deducted from the clock
I received Double Time on Holidays
The chain was required to give x amount of overtime EVER WEEK to good employees
When I worked deli counter I was allowed to eat a small meal every day with no charge instead of buying lunch
The registers if available were always kept full.
I was given comfortable employee discounts virtually to cost.
This was only 20 short years ago.
I'm sorry but 93 Million Americans are being raped and if they can't spend money you can't buy houses or clothes or go out at night, the economy
can NEVER recover unless something is done to help 93 Million people who are being treated like animals by CEO's around the country
A nationwide Service strike is in order and formation of a single Massively powerful Union
Some of the demands... (and please feel free to chime in)
reversal of overtime to include over 8 hrs a day not a two week period
Guarantee of a certain percentage of hrs dedicated to overtime.
Elimination of the ability to not pay minimum wage to employees that receive "tips"
Guarantees for minimum raises over time
Vacation time DOUBLED like Europe and Paid
Minimum #'s of employees on duty vs gross profits i.e Walmart can't keep 2 people on register and hire low on nights were they take 30,000 dollars,
requirements to not overwork minimum numbers of staff
Service is crap...pure crap with these business practices it is inconceivable to me when i walk into a mega mart of sorts at 11 at night and there are
200 people in the store, no one to help you but a skeleton crew and one register line open, it's abominable, the prices aren't even cheap anymore so
where do these profits go?
This is asking for nothing, but giving back what was common employee related practice 20-25 years ago.
2: Divorce insurance
This as part of any benefits package and available fairly, I was divorced and all I will say is if you want an economy to work with an 80% divorce
rates you should be able to pay 5-10.00 a week and if divorced for man and woman receive, 10 g at least, to buy a car, get a new apt and feed your
kids or make any basic payments.
Something at least of this nature, no one should starve or loose a place to live due to this event that affects almost every single one of us
practically at one time or another.
It might not be a pretty part of American culture, but if you can't be there for your kids you end up with damaged traumatized children who the rest
of us then have to live with for the next 70 years
I don't propose this as welfare, but if the same 93 million Americans above were being paid fairly 10 or 20 dollars a week would be immaterial to
assure your life in the event of a tragedy
Amounts could reflect what you have paid in like ss security have finite caps but we can't have holes in our society
#3 Minimum wage HAS to by law reflect the poverty line... that would up minimum wage at a guess to 10.00 - 11.00 an hr.
Let me first say I am an entrepreneur, I was also a Republican my whole life I do NOT buy into the shtick that this would, any of this would ruin
What has happened since the people of America have been lost to these things since the inception of laws to "protect small business"? SMALL
BUSINESS HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY THE LIKES OF WALMART AND IT'S ILK
I Can not be an Capitalist if the people have no money to spend, mega corps have decimated the work force AND small business in tandem by being able
to RAPE profits at our expense and up the value of commercial properties hand in hand with the banks there Is No More Small Business practically...
This is Rape, we are being violated...
I am a capitalist and I need to PAY employees for them to do good work and I need people paid to be a capitalist they need to go on vacations and
spend money, they need to go OUT at night...
I don't want to be here right now... I want to be out, at a movie, but these things can't happen because the economy sucks, it's a spiral and our
Money is VANISHING into thin air.
This is simply not acceptable
Organize, start talking about it,
93 Million person Service Industry STRIKE, cut them where they live. Make the NWO Cry, DO IT