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2021-09-07 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Did You (Not) Labor Yesterday?
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One wonders eh?

What do you labor for?

More to the point, if your employer unilaterally changes the terms are they anything other than this?

How much further can it be altered?


Unions, of course, make this (at least in theory) impossible because working terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining.  If a union shop tries that they're begging for an immediate strike and lawsuit in response, as that is a clear violation of the contract that was negotiated.  While some judge may or may not uphold the unilateral nature of the change with very few exceptions there is nothing the judge can do about the strike.

Then again look at the conditioning on the other side.  While quite-literally now the "extra" unemployment and such is expiring what's nearly 18 months of that do to the work ethic?  Never mind closing and otherwise screwing daycare provision, which coupled with the rest has made a lot of two-parent families reconsider that second Lexus in the driveway.  Is it really worth it, when you take all the extra costs of the second person working, or should we say "screw that", dial back on both wants and needs which came about as a result of that second job, and one of us stays home and takes the kids out of the schools too?

The bonus for that, of course, is that you get rid of all the "critical race" crap and people telling your kids to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag instead of the American flag at the same time.  Since school administrators won't put a stop to that garbage and in fact in many cases explicitly endorse it if you happen to believe that is crap, well...... 

On the other side you have employers playing games where they can.  Risk-based pricing for health insurance sounds good -- until it's used as a political cudgel.  That's illegal, by the way.  Guess what you get when you don't care about outrageous violations of the law in the health care system -- specifically 15 USC Chapter 1 -- that have been going on for decades with both provision of care and pharmaceuticals?

THISand guess who it victimizes (as if people needing insulin haven't seen this for decades themselves)?


It's not like it couldn't have been fixed 10+ years ago.  Or five years ago.  Or..... when Trump promised to largely fix it with three separate planks in his campaign platform, all of which disappeared on election night in 2016 and have never been seen again.

But.... but.... but..... Orange Man {Bad|God <-- Pick one}

People respond to incentives.  Employers, employees, ordinary people.  They also respond to threats, but often not in the way (meek compliance) the person issuing the threat would like.

So, is it worth laboring?

Or is it time to tell the employers to go screw goats and it will be on your terms that you labor?

For 50+ years, more-or-less, the pendulum has swung one way on this.

Perhaps it's starting to swing back.

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