AND SO IT GOES…#402


If there wasn’t a Crisis , then the Bosses would not be attacking the Workers.If there was no such thing as Class Consciousness and objective Class Interests predicated on the ownership,control and management of Society’s means of production,distribution,consumption and exchange,then W.T.F. else explains,scientifically.empirically and rationally the following:-  poverty,low wages,hunger and mass unemployment ? the latest update from the Class war front is gleaned from the ” Economic Policy Institute “.

The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011–2012

By Gordon Lafer | October 31, 2013

Briefing Paper #364

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Over the past two years, state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections for both union and non-union workers. This policy agenda undercuts the ability of low- and middle-wage workers, both union and non-union, to earn a decent wage.

In 2011 and 2012, state legislatures undertook numerous efforts to undermine wages and labor standards:

  • Four states passed laws restricting the minimum wage, four lifted restrictions on child labor, and 16 imposed new limits on benefits for the unemployed.
  • States also passed laws stripping workers of overtime rights, repealing or restricting rights to sick leave, undermining workplace safety protections, and making it harder to sue one’s employer for race or sex discrimination.
  • Legislation has been pursued making it harder for employees to recover unpaid wages (i.e., wage theft) and banning local cities and counties from establishing minimum wages or rights to sick leave.
  • For the 93 percent of private-sector employees who have no union contract, laws on matters such as wages and sick time define employment standards and rights on the job. Thus, this agenda to undermine wages and working conditions is aimed primarily at non-union, private-sector employees.

These efforts provide important context for the much-better-publicized moves to undermine public employee unions. By far the most galvanizing and most widely reported legislative battle of the past two years was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” that, in early 2011, largely eliminated collective bargaining rights for the state’s 175,000 public employees.1Following this, in 2011 and 2012:

  • Fifteen states passed laws restricting public employees’ collective bargaining rights or ability to collect “fair share” dues through payroll deductions.2
  • Nineteen states introduced “right-to-work” bills, and “right-to-work” laws affecting private-sector collective bargaining agreements were enacted in Michigan and Indiana.

Multiply all of the above by one million .Gentlemen,there shall,after all ,be a Revolution.

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