RE: employment law, overtime

Subject: RE: employment law, overtime
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Gregory P Sweet" <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 15:36:13 -0700

Gregory P Sweet wrote:

> Others, myself included saw that for what it was, achieving
> the leverage to negotiate a better deal by ensure a
> highly-skilled work force.

More precisely, they achieve leverage by restricting the supply of labor
(to the detriment of those excluded, which used to be mainly minorities
and women). It's the same time-honored method used by licensing
advocates of all stripes, cartels like physicians and lawyers, and every
other anti-competitive enterprise that decides it's easier to increase
their wealth by coercing it out of others than by adding more value to
what they do.

> Let me ask this, if unions are so pointless and ineffectual
> why do corporations like WalMart spend millions on anti-union
> activities including surveillance vans for each store and a
> union-busting fast-response team with it's own private jet?

Wow -- surveillance vans for each store, private jets ... do they have
black helicopters, too? 'Cause, you know, Wal-Mart doesn't care about
cost containment. These evil capitalists just exist for the purpose of
crushing workers under their boot. <yawn />

> Gregory P. Sweet
> Proud member of CSEA Local 316/AFSCME Local 1000

Hey, go have a Friday afternoon brewski with the gang and sing a chorus
or two of "Joe Hill." Feel the solidarity wash over you. It's kind of
1930s-ish, but if it floats your boat... :-)

You might want to dial back the paranoia a bit, though.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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