Dequav Posts 95 Theses on the Internet

 
When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on Cross  Roads Church in Wittenburg, Germany, he was protesting the sale of indulgences, most of the proceeds of which were going to the pope for the restoration of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  While Luther’s ire was directed at the indulgences, his disgust was directed at Rome.  We thought it fitting,  since it was the 494th anniversary of the 95 theses (October 31, 1517), the third anniversary of the U.S. Day of Infamy (October 3, 2008) -- and even the third anniversary of Dequav’s launch date on the internet (Memorial Day, 2008) -- to compose 95 theses that while directed at employment-at-will reflect our disgust with the reigning Corporatocracy arising from the Wall Street coup of October 3, 2008.  So here are our 95 theses why employment-at-will must be destroyed: 

1. It is toxic to individuals, families and the average U.S. citizen.
2. It causes suicides.
3. It breaks up families.
4. It makes divorce likely (no money, no marriage).
5. It puts homes into foreclosure, more so than any time in history.
6. It accelerates bankruptcies.
7. It induces mass murders.
8. It crushes the American dream.
9. It feeds illegal drug activity.
10. It pushes the rate of poverty in America to the highest rate ever recorded: 14.3%, or 44 million people.
It allows the smallest percentage of the population, 3%, to control most of the nation’s assets; in fact, just 400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.
It undergirds the Corporatocracy coup of October 3, 2008.
13. It creates a permanent American underclass.
14. It grants legal prejudice against the chronically underemployed.
15. It produces a permanent rate of 9% unemployed even in an economic recovery.
16. It mitigates anti-discrimination laws in employment based on race, religion, sex and/or national origin.
17. It discriminates de facto against black males who nation-wide experience an unemployment rate of 50% or higher
18. It wipes out age discrimination laws in employment (a separate and weaker law than the above #16), although the USA Patriots Act effectively did the same thing with its requirement to list date of birth on all employment applications.
19. It institutionalizes stupidity among Democratic and Republican legislative leaders who blame each side for high chronic unemployment rather than the real culprits, the monarchical employers.
20. It ushers in (10 years early) the Rollerball era in which the Corporatocracy is in charge of everything and owns everything.  In the 1975 film, the world of 2018 is a global corporate state in which the population masses have little outlet except the internationally popular “game.”  In the movie version, the “game” is a violent sport, similar to Roller Derby.  In the current scenario, the “game” has changed to politics.  One election the Democrats win, the next it’s the Republicans turn.  For instance, in the 2008 elections the insurance industry opened up its coffers to Democrats who supported Obamacare with provisions for universal premiums, but in the 2010 elections the insurance industry supported with its multi-million dollar war chest Republicans who would rescind Obamacare regulations.
It trashes the Declaration of Independence.
22. It denies that “all men are created equal.” Since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations/employers are legal persons under the law, employment-at-will contradicts that they are equal to their employees.  Even to the untrained eye, they are far superior to their employees.
23. It ridicules our “unalienable rights” guaranteed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
24. It contradicts our “unalienable right” to “life...”  if one is consigned to live out life in a cardboard box or an abandoned automobile.
25. It extinguishes our “unalienable right” to “liberty...”  if one is yoked to a substandard employment wage or chronic unemployment.
26. It diminishes our “unalienable right” to “the pursuit of happiness...”  if one has his/her life-long pension raided in a corporate buy-out or discontinued by new corporate owners.
27. It savages the Constitution.
28. It breaches the opening Session 1 of Article 1:  “All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives....”  They don’t.  The power rests in the Corporatocracy, which through its own lobbyists not only control the legislation, but, with few exceptions, the Congressional campaigns the congressional candidates run in as well.
29. It defies Article IV, Section 4:  “The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of government, and shall protect each of them from Invasion....”  In fact, the federal government not only failed to keep a Republican Form of government but on Oct. 3, 2008, it actually instituted an Oligarchy.
30. It flouts the U.S. Bill of Rights.
31. It desecrates the free exercise of religion clause of the the First Amendment of those who believe that workers shouldn’t be oppressed.
32. It abridges the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment.  Protest to an employer about the company’s employment-at-will policy and you’ll be out on your ear.
33. It thwarts the freedom to assemble peaceably and to petition the Government for redress of grievances clause of the First Amendment.  Since this provision virtually only guarantees the right to those who are unionized, 90% of Americans are exempt who are not unionized.
34. It infringes the Second Amendment’s right of the people to keep and bear arms.  Those who think this thesis is hyperbole, try bringing your gun to work -- unless you’re Congressman Gohmert.
35. It rebuts the Third Amendment which prohibits guards from quartering in any residence without the consent of the resident during times of peace and in time of war except as prescribed by law.  After an at-will firing, employers frequently, and with impunity, have armed guards violently usher ex-employees off company grounds, confiscate their personal effects and lock their offices.  There are no war-time laws that permit these violations.
36. It inhibits the Fourth Amendment which gives the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, “against unreasonable searches and seizures.”  This happens virtually at all times in employee dismissals.
37. It thwarts the clause in the Fifth Amendment that requires that no person shall be held to answer for a capital, “or otherwise infamous crime” unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.  At-will employment makes an employer not only the accuser, but prosecuting attorney, Grand Jury and judge as well.
38. It allows double jeopardy -- clearly prohibited under the Fifth Amendment.
39. It compels a person to testify against himself -- violating the Fifth Amendment.
40. It permits an employee to be deprived of life, liberty and property without due process  -- also prohibited under the Fifth Amendment.
41. It eliminates a person’s job and frequently his/her long-term livelihood, without just compensation -- violating the last clause of the Fifth Amendment.
42. It defeats the Sixth Amendment provision in an employee dismissal that “the accused shall enjoy the right to a public trial.”
43. It disses the Sixth Amendment provision that guarantees the right to an impartial jury.
44. It breaks the Sixth Amendment rule that the accused employee “be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.”  At-will employment means precisely that employees can be fired for “no cause.”
45. It disallows the Sixth Amendment provision that requires the accused “be confronted with the witnesses against him.”
46. It precludes the Sixth Amendment provision that the accused “have [a] compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.”
47. It rescinds the final clause of the Sixth Amendment that the accused be guaranteed “the assistance of counsel for his defense.”  No respectable attorney will accept a case based on “unfair” or “unjust” dismissal, which, of course, employment-at-will is.  “Wrongful termination” has a better chance of litigation, if the ex-employee had a six-figure salary and is willing to pay an up-front retainer of five figures.  Thus, 95% of ex-employees have their Sixth Amendment rights rescinded because they’re too poor.
48. It trivializes rights in provisions of the Seventh Amendment: “In Suits of common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars [all employment suits do] the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”  Trial by jury suits challenging the “fairness,”  “justice,” “equity,” or even the “legality” of employment-at-will are non-existent.  Judges won’t permit such suits to reach juries. Only in Montana, where employment-at-will is illegal, could such cases reach a jury.  Ex-employees hoping to challenge the employer’s right to dismissal must do so under claims of “wrongful termination,” as noted in #47 above (open to the few), or anti-discrimination laws based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age (if over 40), or, in some states, “sexual preference.”  Some states also have “whistle blowing” protection laws.  In all cases, it is the responsibility of the plaintiff to prove the accusations.  Age discrimination laws have the least chance of enforcement.  Even before the 2001 USA Patriots’ Act, which requires the listing of one’s date of birth on job applications (before, one could legally refuse to answer such prying questions), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was Chairman of E.E.O.C. from 1982-1990, let over 100,000 cases of age discrimination pending before him expire without prosecution.  In confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, however, controversy centered around accusations that he was a sexist, not an ageist.
49. It vanquishes the Eight Amendment.  Though ordinarily construed to apply to criminal cases involving the accused, the Eighth Amendment doesn’t specify that the “excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” can only be judicially prohibited.  In fact, the termination of an employee who is 50 years of age or greater can be capital punishment in that he/she may never obtain a living wage again.
50. It undermines the Ninth and Tenth Amendments by implying that the right of the people to eke out a living is inferior to the right of a business to make a profit.  It also implies that the people should have no powers over their work.
51. It ignores Section 1 of the Thirteenth Amendment which outlaws “involuntary servitude.”  Employment-at-will, in fact,  forces millions of Americans into poverty, the slavery of the chronically unemployed.
52. It undermines Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment which states: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”  Twenty two States violate this provision by rigidly imposing employment-at-will on its citizens.  Technically, these States are known as “Right to Work States,” which, not too coincidentally, include ALL 11 of the former slave States of the Confederacy, plus 11 more.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbyist in the nation and lapdog of the Corporatocracy, has convinced the 22 States that making their State a Right to Work State restricts unionism and therefore frees labor to work.  “Work Sets You Free” is the same slogan that Nazis used for their Auschwitz slave camp.  In fact, those same words used, but in German, appear in the sign that still hangs above the entrance of the camp.
53. It demeans Section 1 of the Fifteenth Amendment that while acknowledging the right of people of color the right to vote, in many States it cancels it by requiring photo IDs.  Nowhere does the Constitution require proof of residency in order to vote.  Thus,  many poor are denied both the right to work (a driver’s license is required on many job applications), as well as the right to vote, because they can’t prove residency, e.g., 3,000,000 homeless, probably as many poor who can’t afford a motor vehicle, and hundreds of thousands who had their driver’s licenses revoked.  Implicit in this Section of the Fifteenth Amendment is the notion that citizens who are equal under the law to vote are equal under the law.  Even to the casual observer, employment-at-will proves this supposition wrong.  In every major city in the country, unemployment among black males equals or exceeds 50%.  This is a national disgrace that can’t all be blamed on discrimination, but it can be clearly blamed on employment-at-will.
54. It subverts Women Suffrage -- the Nineteenth Amendment.  The Nineteenth Amendment suffers from the same pretext as Section 1 of the Fifteenth Amendment: that by allowing females to vote it will outlaw discrimination across the board.  Obviously, not.  
55. It pretends to be law but is in fact bogus law.  “Horace C. Wood: ‘Simply invented the concept of at-will employment, but wrongly described it as already accepted by the courts.  Soon after Wood’s treatise appeared [Master and Servant, Par. 134, pgs. 272-273 (1877)],’ according to Dr. Ronald B. Standler, History of At-Will Employment, copyright 2000, ‘various courts began citing the rule in his treatise, and thus the rule became accepted law.’”
56. It belies the U.S. pledge of allegiance which asks God to witness Americans’ pledge “of liberty and justice for all.”
57. It debunks the lyrics to “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” de facto national anthem to the U.S.A. until 1931 when the U.S. Congress officially adopted “The Star Spangled Banner.”  The first verse of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” calls for freedom to ring “from every mountainside.”  It was the theme of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I had a Dream” speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.  Dr. King called for freedom for all, for whites, for people of color, for the poor.
58. It recasts, metaphorically, the Liberty Bell, the icon of the founding father colonists, the civil rights movement and Dequav.  The inscription now should read:  “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the privileged thereof.”
59. It chokes innovation.  People who work for substandard wages work to survive, not innovate, and, of course, employment-at-will was designed for slave wages.  Despite President’s Obama State of the Union address: “we need to encourage American innovation.” We need to eliminate employment-at-will so that innovation can take place among the masses, not just the elite.
60. It increases infant mortality.  One of the greatest tragedies of the poor is that they lose their children in infancy.  Chronic unemployment is the main reason for U.S. poverty.  Employment-at-will is the main reason for chronic unemployment.  In some American cities the rate of infant deaths matches Third World nations.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  pointed out in a study it did in January 2011, and published January 23, that the rate of infant mortality in the first year of life in the inner city is worse than that of Botswana.
61. It decreases veterans’ benefits.  Veterans of foreign wars were once able to count on a civilian job when they returned from warfare.  Now current vets can expect to be unemployed.  The rate of unemployment among veterans is more than 300% higher than the general population.  What masks this figure is that many veterans who can’t find civilian employment re-enlist when they can’t find gainful civilian employment.
62. It prioritizes guns over babies.  As the GOP unveiled its $61 billion spending cut plan in February of 2011, it cut funding to reduce infant mortality.  Not one cent, however, is cut from the military spending, though it’s more than half the budget.  How wise was President Eisenhower when he warned 50 years ago in his farewell address “to be on guard against (the) unwarranted influence (by) the military complex.”
63. It steals from the poor. To withhold bread from the hungry, clothing from the destitute, shelter from the homeless and work from the chronically unemployed is theft from the poor.   Or, so said comedians Lenny Bruce and George Carlin and a host of the early Church fathers, such as Saints Basil and Chrysostom.
64. It fails to measure up to the template on social questions that the U.S. Catholic Bishops use to gauge morality.  Many co-religionists leaders use the same template.  There are seven standards.  Employment-at-will fails all seven.
65. It flunks standard one, which says that “each person’s life and dignity must be respected...people are more important than things.”  Employment-at-will says that profits are more important than people. 
66. It botches standard two, which says that “every person has a right to participate in social, economic and political life and a corresponding duty to work for the advancement of the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor.”  Employment-at-will says that only the employer is allowed such privileges.
67. It betrays standard three, the standard on Solidarity: “We are one human family.  We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.”  Pope John Paul II insists “We are all really responsible for all.”  Employment-at-will recognizes no such responsibility except to the employer.
68. It abandons standard four (the Dignity of Work) in its totality. “The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s act of creation.  If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers, owners, and others must be respected -- the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and choose to join a union, to economic initiative, and to ownership and private property.  Theses rights must be exercised in ways that advance the common good.”  None of this scans with employment-at-will.
69. It skirts standard five, the Right to Life.  “Every person has a fundamental right to life -- the right that makes all other rights possible.  Each person also has a right to the conditions for living a decent life -- faith and family life, food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing.  We also have a duty to secure and respect these rights not only for ourselves, but for others....”  This standard is totally foreign to employment-at-will.
70. It ridicules standard six, the Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.  “Scripture teaches that God has a special concern for the poor and vulnerable.  The Church calls on all of us to embrace this preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, to embody it in our lives, and to work to have it shape public policies and priorities.  A fundamental measure of our society is how we care for and stand with the poor and vulnerable.”  Employment-at-will has a preferential option for the rich and privileged.
71. It pooh-poohs standard seven, the Care of God’s Creation.  “The world that God created has been entrusted to us.  Our use of it must be directed by God’s plan for creation, not simply our own benefit.” Employment-at-will is directed to the here and now only.
72. It contravenes the magisterium of Catholic social teaching.   Most Catholics are surprised to learn that there is such a thing as Catholic social teaching. It’s not taught at the grade school level where most Catholic education ends.  And most non-Catholics are taken aback that any teachings of the Catholic Church could possibly affect them.   However, according to a definition by Wikipedia:  “Catholic social teaching is a body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state....According to Pope Benedict XVI [Catholic social teaching’s purpose] ‘is simply to help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and the attainment of what is just....’”
73. It nullifies Rerum Novarum, an encyclical issued by Pope Leo XIII on May 15, 1891.  The encyclical is subtitled “On the Conditions of Labor,” and is considered the primer of the Roman Catholic response to the exploitation of workers.   Employment-at-will is clearly such an exploitation. 
74. It deep sixes paragraph 31 of Rerum Novarum which states that “workers are not to be treated as slaves.”  Employment-at-will specifically treats workers as slaves since its origin is from Horace Gray’s 1877 treatise on master-slave relations.
75.  It O.K’s  the treatment of workers as “things.”  Pope Leo in the same paragraph 31 of Rerum Novarum calls it “shameful and inhuman to use workers as things for gain and to put no more value on them than what they are worth in muscle and energy” (italics is ours).  Most American employers treat their workers as “things.”  Employment-at-will gives them permission.
 It ranks profits ahead of just worker compensation.  Paragraph 32 of Rerum Novarum explicitly states: “Among the most important duties of employers the principle one is to give every worker what is justly due him....[T]he rich and employers should remember that no laws, either human or divine, permit them for their own profit to oppress the needy and the wretched or to seek gain from another’s want.  To defraud anyone of the wage due him is a great  crime that calls down avenging wrath from Heaven.”  Here the encyclical cites James 5:4.77. 
 It anathematizes unions.  Probably no greater enemy of employment-at-will, implicitly at least, is the Catholic Church.   Though employment-at-will is entirely an American concept, and thereby escapes the Vatican’s radar, the mistreatment of American workers doesn’t.  Unions since Rerum Novarum have always been supported by the Catholic Church, in fact, Pope Pius XI, in his Encyclical “On Social Reconstruction” affirms “the innate right” of forming “unions of workingmen (for) those who needed them most for self-protection against the most powerful.”  Pius XI credits his predecessor Leo XIII with “encouraging Christian workingmen to form unions...and teaching them how to do it” (our italics).   The principle of subsidiarity -- a basic principle of Catholic social doctrine -- all social bodies (e.g., unions) exist for the sake of the individual; therefore, if the formation of workers’ unions are a licit, moral defense against employment-at-will, so are lesser, less stringent conditions, such as, the enactment of laws, judicial reviews, administrative rules or even voluntary employment policies that outlaw employment-at-will.
 It castigates the moral principle that “people have a right (our italics) to employment” (actual words taken from the 1987 landmark pastoral “Economic Justice for All” written by the Catholic bishops of the United States. This “right” particularly rankles industrialists who see employment-at-will as the basic entitlement of management.
79. It discredits Mater et Magistra of Blessed Pope John XXIII who states unequivocally that the State “has the duty to protect the rights of all  its people, and particularly of its weaker members, the workers, women and children.  It can never be right for the State to shirk its obligation to work actively for the betterment of the condition of [workers],” no. 20 (italics added).  Employment-at-will recognizes no such duty.
80. It mangles Pacem in Terris of Blessed Pope John XXIII who wrote: “Beginning our discussion of the rights of man, we see that every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity, and to the means which are suitable for the proper development of life; these are primarily food, clothing, shelter, rest, medical care, and finally the necessary social services.  Therefore a human being also has the right to security in cases of sickness, inability to work, widowhood, old age, unemployment, or in any other case in which he is deprived of the means of subsistence through no fault of his own,” no 11 (italics added). Employment-at-will butchers this social law.
81. It negates solidarity.  “This moreover must  be repeated: What is superfluous in richer regions must serve the needs of the regions in want...Their avarice if continued will call down the punishment of God and arouse the anger of the poor....” -- Pope Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, no. 49.  Employment-at-will always prioritizes profits before people.
82. It confutes the Second Vatican Council.  “All offenses against life itself, such as murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia and willful suicide; all violations of the integrity of the human person...all offenses against human dignity, such as, subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children, degrading working conditions where men are treated as mere tools for profit rather than free and responsible persons: all these and the like are criminal: they poison civilization...and militate against he honor of the creator,”  (italics added).  Gaudium et Spes, no. 27.
83. It torpedoes family life by profaning its sacredness. “The family is indeed sacred: it is the place in which life -- the gift of God -- can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth,” according to Pope John Paul II, On the Hundredth Anniversary of of Rurum Novarum (Centesimus Annus), no. 39.  “In the fact of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life.” Employment-at-will makes common what is really sacred and therefore often brings about death rather than life.
84. It dashes the dignity of work and the rights of workers.  “There has always been [a principle] taught by the Church: the principle of the priority of labor over capital.  This principle directly concerns the process of production: In this process labor is always a primary efficient cause, while capital, the whole collection of means of production, remains a mere instrument or instrumental cause,” (italics added).  Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, no. 12.
85. It castigates the moral principle that “people have a right (our italics) to employment” (actual words taken from the 1987 landmark pastoral “Economic Justice for All” written by the Catholic bishops of the United States.  This “right” particularly rankles industrialists who see employment-at-will as the basic entitlement of management.
86. It scotches God’s dominion over creation.  “The dominion granted to man by the Creator is not an absolute power, nor can one speak of a freedom to ‘use and misuse,’ or to dispose of things as one pleases.  The limitation imposed from the beginning by the Creator himself...shows clearly enough that, when it comes to the natural world, we are subject not only to biological laws but also to moral ones, which cannot be violated with impunity.” Pope John Paul II, Sollictudo Rei Socialis, no. 34.  While this quotation refers to environmental concerns, we believe that since the prohibition condemns the arbitrary disposal of “things,” and since employment-at-will clearly and arbitrarily treats people like “things,”  paragraph no. 34 condemns employment-at-will, too.
87. It inverts Sacred Scriptures.  Conventional wisdom, and employment-at-will,  say what we own is ours and within the law we can do with our property what we wish.  Not so says Sacred Scriptures.  They deny that human beings have any rights whatsoever over property.  Psalm 24: 1 says clearly:  “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fulness, the world and all its peoples” (italics added).  Psalm 50:12b says the same thing, so does Psalm 89: 11, Exodus 19: 5c and 1 Chronicles 29: 11b.  For Sola Scriptura Christians these texts may be troubling since there are no mitigating texts.  It would seem, we are thieves before God.  Lastly, if “things” don’t truly belong to us, even less do people “belong” to us.  Therefore, slavery should never have been permitted on the face of the earth or ways to retain some part of it, as employment-at-will does in the United States.
88. It dishonors God’s chosen ones.  The chosen ones, James 2: 5, 6 says, are “the poor of this world (whom) you have dishonored.”  So has employment-at-will.   Rulers or “shepherds of the people” (as they are frequently known in the Old Testament) are chosen by God to help their people (1 Peter 2: 14).  This text would imply employers as well.  But Jeremiah 5:27b-29 notes that these leaders “grow powerful and rich, fat and sleek.  They go their wicked way; justice they do not defend by advancing the claim of the fatherless or judging the cause of the poor.  Shall I not punish these things, says the Lord; on a nations such as this shall I not take vengeance?”  Ezekiel 34: 2-4 is even harsher: “Woe, shepherds of Israel (or U.S. Fortune 500 CEOs) who have been feeding themselves!  Should not shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.  The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.”  Does Ezekiel exaggerate?  CEOs at that largest U.S. companies make 343 times more money than their typical worker. That’s the greatest disparity in  the world.  Typical workers also pay taxes; 60% of U.S. companies don’t.
89. It scars true religion.  In the Old Testament employers frequently made great displays of their public fastings.  Nowadays they make displays of sport sponsorships, supporting widely publicized community events or even donating to charitable organizations that “save the whales.” Meanwhile, their employees languish. The Lord attacks such public displays in Isaiah 58: 3c, 6-7, 10: “Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers....Is this not the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?....If you pour yourself out for hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”  Unfortunately, employment-at-will too frequently blinds the employer to those hurting employees around him.
90. It ruins God’s plans to protect the poor. “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field to its very border, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the sojourner.”  Leviticus 19: 9-10.  Translated for today’s business world:  “Don’t pull down all the profits for your stockholders and yourself.  Leave some for your employees.”
91. It wrecks compassion.  “Injure not the poor because they are poor, nor crush the needy at the gate; for the Lord will defend their cause and will plunder the lives of those who plunder them.” Proverbs 22: 22-23.  When hiring, employers should  not discriminate against the chronically unemployed just because the law technically permits it and “everybody’s doing it.”  That’s barbaric.  The Lord also warns: “Let there be no poor among you.”  Deuteronomy 15: 4.
92. It destroys freedom.  In St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians he reminds us that, as Christians, we “were called for freedom.” And therefore we should “stand firm and do not submit to the yoke of slavery.”  In fact, this is Dequav’s principle complaint against employment-at-will.  While it is not physical slavery, it is clearly economic slavery because the American employee and his employer do not have the same level playing field.  Ironically, from the beginning of time man had a level playing field but he spoiled it in the Garden of Eden.  Nevertheless, man was promised a redeemer/messiah to restore him to wholeness and freedom once again.  In the meantime, God established a system of laws that if followed would allow for a just society.  Every seven years, debts were to be cancelled, slaves set free and lands returned to their original owners.  Knowing that these rules would undoubtedly be broken, the Lord established a solemn Jubilee Year (Leviticus 25: 10) in which the just society would be affirmed.  It never took place.  Finally, when Judah was in exile Isaiah 61: 1-2 prophesied that a redeemer/messiah would yet establish the Jubilee Year.  When Jesus, according to Luke 4: 16-21, was in a synagogue in Nazareth, he picked up and read the same passage from Isaiah and proclaimed the prophecy fulfilled.  Of course the bondage that Jesus referred to as broken was the bondage of sin and he had broken it.  Yet people still longed for a physical freedom from bondage.  It was elusive.  Colonists thought they had found it around July 4, 1776 and had Leviticus 25: 10 inscribed on the Liberty Bell: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”  Perhaps the colonists were premature.  Slavery had to be abolished, women had to be allowed to vote and segregation had to be outlawed.  And we firmly believe that the outlawing of employment-at-will needs to  be added to that list.
93. It obstructs justice.  St. Paul quotes Moses: “‘Do not muzzle an ox when you are using it to thresh grain.’  Now is God concerned about oxen?  Didn’t he really mean us when he said that?  Of course that was written for us.  Anyone who plows and anyone who reaps should do their work in the hope of getting a share of the crop.” 1 Corinthians 9: 8-10.  The workman deserves a just wage; employment-at-will denies this.
94. It oppresses.  James 5: 4 suggests a reprisal for employment-at-will: “The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the Lord of hosts.”
95. It murders.  Sirach 34: 26-27 tells of a heinous crime: “To take away a worker’s livelihood is to murder him; to deprive an employee of his wages is to shed blood.”  Employment-at-will has literally taken away millions of American jobs.



Here we stand.  We cannot do any other.  May God help us!
















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