09/04/2013 by syrbal-labrys
…at least in most states the legal mandate is left vague at best for workers being given rest breaks.
I live in one of the eight states that does say paid rest periods are required, but I know employers stomp all over this law in spiked Klingon boots ALL the time. If a worker complains, they get laid off and the Labor and Industry folks have no teeth. So, how is YOUR state doing? I could use the good news that somewhere in America, the things people died for in the last century….union members and organizers who got their heads busted or put in a noose, still function SOME where!
And in spite of numerous studies showing that productivity of workers goes up with shorter (i.e. 8 hour) shifts and reasonable break and meal times, across the board, industry seems to opt for longer shifts….say two 12 hour shifts instead of three 8 hour shops, for instance. Many of the big box stores, like Target and Walmart, appear to treat store employees reasonably well; but in their warehouses, abusive stuff like 12 hour shifts and forced overtime and no days off are enforced using desperate and vulnerable “temp” labor forces. Not to mention the use of illegal undocumented workers, who are especially prone to keeping their mouths shut about labor violations for fear of being reported to ICE. Supervisors are encouraged, if not actually required, to be verbally abusive and dismissive of all workers.
Yeah, I’d say the “serf” is up. American labor rights are what is being ‘wiped out’….and there are no “good vibrations” ahead for that trend. Workers who have paid time off, often can’t use it and for some really sneaky, shitty reasons. And just as an aside? For a nation with a large proportion of screamers about the importance of babies being born? There isn’t much respect or care for the mothers bearing those babes, or the beginning of those wee lives:
Gee, finally, America is in a minority ASIDE from loving capital punishment…