Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Protesters target St. Cloud temp agency office
My "Letter to the Editor" submitted to the St. Cloud Times for publication.
I read with interest your article about people protesting the treatment of workers by a temp agency.
Mistreatment of workers seems to have become the "new normal" during these tough economic times when employers seem to think they have the upper hand because of the huge pool of unemployed workers they can hire from.
The issue of what the Minimum Wage should be has come up all across the state as the Democrats have thumbed their noses at workers without providing any increase in the present miserly Minimum Wage.
We need a Minimum Wage legislatively tied to all cost of living factors. Why should any worker have to work for less than what it cost to live--- and this is substantially more than $9.50 an hour.
The increase is needed now; not in 2015.
And these temp agencies raise another important issue: part-time employment.
If production in this country is going to continue using part-time workers than it is high time we consider providing all workers a guaranteed annual income providing a standard of living substantially above the poverty level.
What we really need is a full-employment economy and we aren't going to get that unless the politicians who campaign on a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs" are forced by legislative mandate to be responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.
If these Wall Street bribed politicians in Washington would put as much effort into creating jobs than the time they spend getting us into these dirty wars we would have a pretty decent country to live in.
What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity."
Fact: Workers paid poverty wages are going to be poor.
Fact: Workers without jobs are going to be poor.
The solution is simple: Put American workers to work at real living wage jobs.
Since the "free market" can't solve this mess the government is going to have to figure out a way to put people to work solving the problems of people and society.
A good "make work" project would be to create a National Public Health Care System providing the American people with free health care. Fifteen million jobs. We kill two birds with one stone and we finance the entire thing by ending this insane militarism and these dirty wars.
Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council