Friday, September 12, 2008
Late Labor Day Thoughts
The author of this article says that the weak labor movement in the US is part of the reason and rightfully so. The way I see it, the parties in power help or hinder labor movements also. So let's review what having a "liberal" and "conservative" party range in politics have given us.
In the US workers work, on average, 1, 824 hours a year... in Norway... 1,363! 461 hours difference, or almost 58 days!!!
How about pay in the greatest country in the world....
"Germany, France, England, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland -- significantly outpace Americans in terms of pay and benefits. This is not only true for factory workers but also for service sectors workers, such a secretaries, janitors, hotel workers, and retail clerks."
Let's see what else, no universal health care, paid maternity or paternity leave, highest poverty rate AND biggest gap between rich and poor.
There's more in the article. Maybe its time to start changing our system. We don't have to undermine it. It does that very well without us.
And a fun video for Friday...