Yesterday was only the second Sunday I’d had off in a month. Still yet, at 6:15 PM, I clocked in and was present, and yes, paid for the 1 hour and 45-minute long mandatory staff meeting.

At one point, she passed among the ten of us our personal performance reports. Mine showed that I had personally racked in over $405,000 in profits for that company. I jokingly asked where my cut was and got a few laughs from the coworkers, but it made me think, in all honesty, where’s my cut? And it made me boil.

The entirety of the meeting consisted of her telling us all the ways in which we’d failed thus far to maximize profits for someone else, when the majority of our complaints — the ones I’d received and the ones my co-workers told me about — were in some way related to her shoddy leadership.

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As I listened to my manager drone on valiantly for the corporate cause, I had to struggle so hard to quell the bitterness I felt inside. We need to vastly improve our customer service, she said, so we can line another’s pockets with gold. Meanwhile, my family had gone the majority of that week without food and if our food stamps hadn't been approved soon, I wasn't sure what we would have done. So you can understand why my first thought wasn’t, “Yes, I agree, how can I make the CEO another half million dollars this year?”

Capitalism is wrong

The lowly employees are the very backbone of this country, not the CEOs who built the #corporations they work for. They may have started the business that employs hundreds of thousands of people, but that doesn’t make them economic saviors. Simply creating jobs is not enough — work conditions must be agreeable and there must be a safe way for employees to discuss the shortcomings of the company without the fear of repercussions.

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But corporations are too protected in this country; consider the “right to fire” laws, which exist in every state but Montana and essentially grant no protection to employees from being fired from their jobs without cause. This law not only has no merit, but is also dangerous to any economy: it opens the gates for employers by allowing them to fire employees based upon discriminatory reasons whilst disguising those reasons as legal simply because the employee entered into a work agreement with the employer as a “free agent.”

Without anything protecting your #Employment, it’s easy to believe that employers would also fire and make examples of any employees who sparked discussions of unionizing. If there’s one equally powerful force working against the psychopathic narcissism of big businesses, it’s the worker-run unions. Through these channels, employees can demand fair wages, decent work hours, and benefits they’re entitled to.

Capitalism still reigns

The Employee Free Choice Act of 2007 would have offered federal protection to those workers who either sought to organize a union or believed one should be established by allowing unions to represent employees who shared their support anonymously.

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Then unions and employers would have 130 days to convene and negotiate a new Terms of Employment contract. If a mediation could not be reached by that time, a federal arbitration board would act on behalf of them both, “establish[ing] a mandatory two-year contract that would be binding on both labor and management."

What further bothers me is that we all accept this reality without questioning it. If you did right now, where would your observations leave you? Would it be okay with you if you realized you were a shill, wasting away inside an office or a factory with little to show for it? Would you be okay with the fact that those determining your livelihood could simply roll out of bed and decide in a split second to just fly over to Bali, just for the hell over it, and they could literally just do it because they’re financially set for life and a few puny vacations will never put a dent in their income? #capitalism