As we get closer to choosing our president for the next four years, perhaps the worst thing I hear is that someone is not going to vote. The most depressing are those who tell me they’re not voting because they don’t think it will make a difference.
If you haven’t seen it already, here’s an interesting article that pretty much lays out what’s at stake when it comes to collective bargaining rights in this presidential election.
This election will make a huge difference for workers and their rights. Read between the lines when a corporation says there are too many regulations standing in the way; they are often referring to things like the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, which requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave annually for workers to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, seriously ill family member or for the worker’s own illness.
Or maybe something that’s been on the books a lot longer, like the 1937 Fair Labor Standards Act. That’s the only reason you have weekends off, or overtime pay if you do work more than 40 hours a week. The business community was largely against it, saying providing overtime pay would bankrupt them. Sadly, I don’t think much has changed. Do you think most business owners would provide health care or overtime pay if they weren’t required to?