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  •  New ways to pay workers (10+ / 0-)

    Recently someone posted a diary about workers in minimum wage jobs having to take a sort of pre-paid/ATM type card instead of a paycheck or direct deposit.  

    These cards apparently have fees for every possible kind of transaction from using it to buy things to taking out cash etc.

    So a chunk of someone's pay is going right back into a big corporation - My God nickel and diming the already working poor, they have no shame.  

    Uninsured cancer survivor

    by ArtemisBSG on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:22:22 PM PDT

    •  Ah, company scrip (4+ / 0-)
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      LSophia, nolagrl, J M F, VPofKarma

      Wouldn't be at all surprised if there were an under-the-table kickback arrangement between the employer and the bank issuing these cards.

      We really are slipping back into the Gilded Age, aren't we?

    •  It's typically optional... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and beneficial to the worker to be paid that way (lots of low wage workers don't have bank accounts and otherwise need to pay check cashing fees). A debit card is very convenient.

      It's when employers refuse to pay by check that it crosses into illegality.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:11:02 PM PDT

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      •  It's happened to me. (0+ / 0-)

        And I'm a Licensed Professional.

        The employer had no option for issuing a paper check.  Direct deposit or Debit card.  All in violation of NY law.

        And guess what?

        NY couldn't have cared any fucking less.  Just like they don't care about wage theft.

        The New York State Legislature has been successfully captured as a regulatory entity.  They will only go after small fry, mom and pop operations.  Because those people, don't bribe the legislative body of New York.  They can't afford it.

        Here's my proof

        Scroll through the years and years of New York labor actions. I DEFY YOU, to find a McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, Darden, Home Depot or ANY Big Name Corporation.

        They aren't there, because they have BOUGHT AND PAID for the right to steal from workers.

        The Mom and Pop small businesses, get held up at gunpoint and no one fucking blinks.

        The other category you'll see there, are the labor unions but in very small numbers but ONLY because the labor unions are the ones who force the issue before the board.

        Hey, New York Department of Labor!!!  Yeah, I'm shouting at you motherfuckers!  

        YOU ARE FUCKING USELESS!!!!!!!!  Why do you even show up for work in the morning?  Just stay in bed and pretend to work from home.

        We're all suspected terrorists.

        by Boberto on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:39:44 PM PDT

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