Protect Loyal Workers from Corporate Penny Pinching

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: Don’t allow corporations to prioritize cost-cutting strategies over employee welfare

Corporations have wielded cutthroat, speculative asset management tactics at the cost of their consideration for employee welfare for far too long. Typically, what many corporations will do is eliminate or outsource certain jobs that can be done collectively with minimal staff. Consequently, the employees who remain post-downsize will have to do two or more jobs at once while working longer hours for the same pay and the same benefits. It might not be the job they applied for, but that doesn’t change the fact that they need the money and most likely, the health plan.

Many employees in America work exclusively as a means of providing health care for themselves and their loved ones. A great deal of these workers are being subject to intimidation and threats against their jobs with the intention to motivate them to work harder and faster without having to raise their wages or provide any costly positive reinforcement. These corporations are essentially telling their employees that if their exponentially rising demands are not met, then the workers are subject to termination. Along with their jobs, they’ll lose the health insurance package that keeps their families healthy.

It is generally understood that if one is employed and paid, then one has duties to fulfill in a timely manner and with all qualitative considerations accounted for. But how much work can a corporation reasonably expect out of its staff when the only reason they have to work harder is to keep their jobs? Workers’ wages are stagnating and their health plans are typically sub-par at best. It is time for employers to start using more constructive and positive means of motivating their employees, such as a living wage and a more generous health plan rather than cracking the whip, so to speak.

The air within the corporate working environment is ripe with the insecurity that emerges from speculative asset management. Congress must be urged to deploy a wide range of policies aimed at protecting employees from the side effects of corporate profiteering and penny pinching.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Speculative asset management tactics have wreaked havoc onto middle class working people for far too long. The social conscience of many businesses nationwide is, by definition, akin to that of a sociopath. Corporations are eliminating and outsourcing jobs that can be done by the collective effort of minimal staff. As a result, downsize survivors are forced to work longer hours and do two or more jobs at once for the same stagnated wage and the same sub-par health plan.

Some workers work exclusively for a health care package that provides health insurance for them and their loved ones. These hardworking people are being intimidated by their employers who aim to motivate their employees to work faster and harder without having to raise their wages or provide them with any costly positive reinforcement. Many corporations’ demands are rising exponentially and if the staff can’t keep up, then they are subject to termination. Along with their jobs, they’ll also lose the health care plan that keeps them and their families healthy.

Generally, it is understood among the working population that if one is employed, then one has duties to fulfill with all time and quality considerations accounted for. But what kind of an output can we expect from workers who are motivated only by the imminent fear of losing their jobs? Instead of cracking the whip, perhaps a living wage, a more generous health plan, and a dignified code of treatment towards workers would convince loyal employees to give 110% every day.

Speculative profiteering and penny pinching is creating a working environment that is ripe with the insecurity that emerges from the fear of losing your job. We need to deploy a wide range of polices that aim to protect workers from the side effects of speculative asset management.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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