Time for Labor to Assert Thier Rights

The Washington Legislature stopped labor rights legislation recently, believe it or not, due to an e-mail. It was a pretext, of course, so on the one hand they could say they were trying to look out for the rights of workers, and on the other hand they could actually do the bidding of their Corporate Paymasters and Bosses. This law would have given workers the right to refuse to attend meetings that had no business application, but would rather be corporate propaganda. Too often labor in America is coerced into situations that have little or nothing to do with work, but everything to do with appeasing the high-handed mentality of employers who care little for thier workers or the rights of workers. Workers are often unable to collect unemployment compensation after losing their jobs for refusing to obey unjust rules or refusing to sacrifice their dignity, because the unemployment compensation rules are rigged in favor of corporations and employers who often use spurious claims of misconduct to bolster their power and control over workers.

Workers, however, are not indentured servants and should not have to bow and curtsy to employers, and it is past time for the legislature and Congress to make it easier for workers to collect unemployment compensation when they quit a job, or are fired from a job for alleged misconduct. The reasons for quitting a job and still being able to collect unemployment compensation should be expanded to include that of an overcontrolling employer or an employer that is outright disrespectful. If a worker is refused unemployment compensation for misconduct, then the misconduct should have to be among the most serious of charges, either criminal conduct or gross misconduct that would almost be criminal and shown to have maliciously diminished the employers' production or business to a high degree.

It is past time for workers and Commoner America to assert their rights in the workplace.

[revised on 3/18/09]

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