fair-labor

I literally just had a co-worker say he was against socialism because he, “wants to be paid fairly for his work,” and I’m just standing there like, “??????”

Like, this is the point of misinformation we’ve gotten to in this country, that a core concept of socialism - that labor deserves fair compensation - is so twisted into something used as an argument against it.

I’m losing hope. We need a revolution of information to correct these decades of double-speak, because we can’t have the real revolution without one.

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Caged Life: The Living Condition of Foxconn’s Workers

1. Iron bars sealing off windows and balconies in the factories and workers’ quarters.

2. No where to escape when fire breaks out.

3. 200 people living in a common room, every where is full of stinky smell.

4. Workers are not allowed to bring friends and family members to their quarters.

5. Male and female workers are not allowed to visit each other inside the quarters.

6. No one is allowed to talk to each other inside the factory or at the quarters.

7. No one is allowed to use any electric appliances over 200 w.

8. Must carry the worker’s ID batch anytime. Security guards check the batches every time any worker goes in and goes out. If anyone is found walking around without carrying the ID batch, they may be surrounded by a group of security guards who beat them down.

9. Cooking is not allowed inside the quarters. 

10. Washing clothes are not allowed inside the quarters.

11. Curfew on quarters 24 x 7 x 365. Close surveillance and monitoring on workers 24 X 7 X 365 inside the factories and at the quarters.

12. Quarters are frequently out of electricity and hot water supply.

All of these rules are enacted as strategies to ‘improve’ work safety standards;  to ‘prevent suicides’ ; to ‘enhance’ productivity by fusing all arenas of a worker’s private life with his/her laboring life to deliver maximum productivity.

Workers live like industrial breed caged animals-injected with unknown hormones-their only lifestyle is: sleep, eat and labor. 

Source: Ngai, P; Chan, J and Mark Selden. (2015). Dying for an iPhone: The Hidden Struggle of Chinese Workers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Chapter 6 and 9

Still reading the Metafilter emotional labor thread (every time I get to the end there are 200 new comments to load) and one thing that has become clear is just why the ‘handsome bearded Chis Evans lumberjack who built you a rustic-yet-airy cabin and sheared the wool for the sweater he knit you’ appeals so very much. 

The imaginary hyper-competent forest hermit/fireman/henley wearer who coincidentally looks exactly like Channing Tatum is a man who anticipates and meets your needs. He knows your feelings matter, because he knows his feelings matter. He appreciates the work you do in building your relationship with him, and returns it in kind, in addition to the work he does in chopping large quantities of firewood.

When we light our Mountain Lodge candles, we are envisioning men whose commitment to carrying a fair share of emotional labor equals (or even surpasses) their dedication to proper beard maintenance. These fictional Richard Armitages and Idris Elbas have work-roughened hands from their long day sweating over a hot bandsaw or angle grinder or whatever, yes, but the attractive-yet-functional furniture we imagine them building is mere synechdoche for the attractive-yet-functional relationships we imagine them capable of sustaining.

nytimes.com
Pay Disparity in U.S. Soccer? It's Complicated
The players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team earn less than those on the men’s team. After that, things are murkier.
By Andrew Das

But there is also another important distinction about the women’s pay, said Rich Nichols, the general counsel for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association. “Seventy-five percent of that compensation, both last year and over those eight years, is directly related to winning championships,” he said. In other words, Nichols said, the women have to perform at a world-beating level just to keep pace financially. And that victory tour money? The women had to play the extra games to get it. “The men,” Nichols said, “get paid just for showing up.”

“The women play more games on a year-to-year basis and must win them to claim their bonuses, effectively requiring them to work harder and perform better just to keep pace.”

The men, meanwhile, operate on a pay-for-play system: Those players who are called in for matches are eligible for roster and game bonuses considerably higher than those paid to the women, but a player must be called into camp to receive anything. … The security net is that every male player in the pool, unlike the women, has the advantage of falling back on a lucrative salary from his professional club.

The Price of the Wage Gap

In the United States it is completely legal to pay disabled workers sub-minimum wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers to decide their employee’s wage according to their abilities and have no bottom limit on thier wage.

Wages under FLSA are below the minimum wage with most paying half the minimum wage. Many employers pay only ten percent of the minimum or less.

Disabled workers who find mainstream jobs are still paid only 64%-86% as much as other workers. This results in an annual $23,000 loss, enough to buy 25 Macbooks.

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The Daily Show, American Soccer’s Gender Wage Gap

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#VerizonStrike #StandUpToVerizon: Thousands of Verizon workers have gone on strike after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the CWA Union. The union members argue that Verizon has outsourced thousands of jobs and continue to cut costs, while executives reward themselves with big bonuses and payouts. Strikes are happening all over the City of New York – these photos were taken in Financial District outside 100 Wall Street. 

Tell your candidates to call for an end to subminimum wages!

Right now in the United States, 228,600 workers are being paid subminimum wages because they are disabled. Despite this being a clearly discriminatory practice, a section of The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 known as Section 14© allows certain employers to waive subminimum wages. We’ve come a long way since the 1930’s, and it’s time to end discriminatory practices towards workers on the basis of disability. 

Call, write, email, and tweet your candidates TODAY to ask them to support an END to subminimum wages for workers with disabilities!

If you need help coming up with something to say, here’s what we suggest saying:

“Dear [candidate/campaign], 

I am a [disabled worker/friend of someone who is disabled/family member of someone disabled/a concerned supporter of your campaign] who is concerned about discriminatory wage practices. Right now in the United States, Section 14© of the Fair Labor Standards Act allows people like [me/my loved one/some of my fellow supporters] to be paid less than minimum wage because of disability. This is unjust. 

Right now in the United States, 228,600 workers are being paid subminimum wages because they are disabled. Despite this being a clearly discriminatory practice, a section of The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 known as Section 14© allows certain employers to waive minimum wages. We’ve come a long way since the 1930’s, and it’s time to end unethical practices towards workers with disabilities. 

People with disabilities can and should be given opportunities to earn a fair wage. I ask that you publicly commit to ending subminimum wages for people with disabilities. Thank you, and good luck!”

And remember,

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