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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Four 10 hour work days vs. 5 eight hour work days.

    Did it ever occur to anyone that if you can't afford to make it to your job then you are basically working for nothing!  Regardless of weather its high oil prices or grocery prices holding us back, the economy in the United States must serve everyone not the few.   If you do an honest days work you're entitled to profit from this effort just as your employer does.  Regardless of your task, occupation or profession you deserve a standard of living that includes a profit for your efforts. 
    If you can't afford to get to work, then one must assume you have no extra cash left over based  on economic cultural norms of food, clothing, shelter,  or as we are told, what it takes to get by.   The population readily accepts the information of how gracious employers are to allow them to work 40 hours in 4 days.   The people never ever question the corporatocracy, media or their government as to why and where the peoples profit motive fits in the big picture.  This is thanks to the framing of this new serfdom by the media. ABC news corporation says, "Isn't it nice that employers are allowing employees to save gas and pay other bills by working the same amount of hours and one less day" they spew.   Whoo hoo lets hear it for the corporations and their generosity.  

   We the people should hold ourselves and our employers to a higher stander and not allow this criminal exploitation of the people.  Now, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and the recent passing of the  FISA bill, we can't ever expect justice in the work place, the old fashioned way thru the courts won't be allow, it's national security you know, you do want to be safe?   This act makes  Taft Hartley look pro worker.   All we are allowed to do is be happy and keep allowing the system to pulverize our work efforts at the behest of a handful really greedy people at the top.  We are living in blind times.  
      In the social production of their life, men enter into definite relations that are indispensable and independent of their will, relations of production which correspond to a definite stage of development of their material productive forces. The sum total of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which rises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness.

The mode of production of material life conditions the social, political and intellectual life process in general. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.

At a certain stage of their development, the material productive forces of society come in conflict with the existing relations of production, or — what is but a legal expression for the same thing — with the property relations within which they have been at work hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters."    

1 comment:

Matt said...

Great post. I've been reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and read all about the struggles of Americans in the 1800s to get 8 hour workdays. Those people fought for years and risked everything to establish what we know today as the work day/week. I do not doubt for a second that our employers would increase our hours to get more money and power. This is their foot in the door.