RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette

Subject: RE: Layoff logistics and etiquette
From: david -dot- locke -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 10:09:00 -0500

First, it is always easier to go to a state legislature and get what you want. It should come as no surprise that employers asked for this and got it. If the company doesn't do any interstate commerce, federal laws may not apply. And, most of the employee rights like EEO came about through DoD contracts more than any other means.

Second, as long as the general perception of unions is that they are bad or useless, nobody is going to care about employees. I've never been in a union, but I did work for an employer that paid better than the union, provided better benefits, and provided a greviance process that I used three times to my satisfaction. They did this because of the unions, not because they were overly altruistic.

Since the fall of communism, we no longer have to be the shiny example of capitalism.


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