Tuesday, April 06, 2010

What dreams may come

Wall Street Journal:

The Labor Department is encouraging low-wage and immigrant workers to turn in employers who are shortchanging their pay, as part of an expanding effort to enforce wage and hour rules.
Business groups and management-side lawyers say they are concerned the campaign will result in more litigation toward employers, some of it frivolous.

Lest we forget the other side of that coin: some of the litigation promises to be awesome.

Just the idea that people might be compensated for the work they do should be proof enough of change we can believe in.


d.mantis said...

Depends on what your definition of compensated means.

What I have always found interesting is that one can find numerous references to (purchased) education and professional qualifications to benefit a future employer, you almost never find references to your real life, ie family, children, (non-work related) dreams and aspirations. Yet this real life is the very life you are going to be marginalizing for your employer.

Compensation is only concerned with how many widgets you can spit out, it your lucky. The real failing of capitalism is that the true cost of your time not being your own is never compensated.

JRB said...

Excellent, Mr. Mantis! This is certainly the argument Marx would have made. That's why his critique was aimed at "ideal" capitalism; Marx assumed everything would work as advertised, in order to debunk it.

What is noteworthy in reality is the extent to which it doesn't!