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  •  Frankly, if the functions of unions were (4+ / 0-)
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    rigorously undertaken and enforced by the government, we wouldn't need unions.

    Personally, I believe EVERYONE should automatically belong to a union. (I also believe that the government ought to provide that service.)

    The fact of the matter is, if all private enterprises had to follow the same rules, rules which were uniformly enforced across the country, then the higher costs of higher minimum and middle class wages, healthcare, etc., would fall equally to every business and they could all compete on a level playing field. The way it is now, the employees and the businesses, especially the small ones, that try to do right by them get screwed.

    The model should be providing living wages, benefits and safe, non-abusive working conditions without penalizing those companies who willingly provide them. Make them the law of the land, and enforce those laws, dammit!

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    by Words In Action on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:14:27 AM PST

    •  Yes, I've always thought that (1+ / 0-)
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      great diary & comment! Thanks

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      by wbr on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:31:55 AM PST

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    •  The way to enforce is with (0+ / 0-)

      frequent, random, unannounced audits. That way we still keep the bedrock legal principle of innocent until proven guilty since enforcement agencies would have the onus of collecting evidence that a company is involved in shenanigans. On the other hand with this in place employers would never know when a customer, potential employee, or whoever is actually a government official that's watching them so, in that sense, they would feel like they have to regularly prove they are not abusing people.

      This may not prevent all mistreatment of employees and the general public, but if a regime like this were in place with a few employers being caught, punished severely (with significant jail time) and made examples, I think most employers would think twice before thinking about engaging in human husbandry.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:03:04 PM PST

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