Coalition Building & Dialogue

 

College professors/thought leaders: universities and colleges have been the greatest source of idea creation in the civilized world.  Most solutions to world problems have had their birth there.  Academia’s  response to this site is encouraged.  But there are others  outside its realm who have thoughts to contribute too.  Please feel free to join the dialogue; this site is not credential sensitive.

Constitutional attorneys/jurists: these individuals who know the U.S. Constitution, the law, precedence and “employment-at-will” know only too well the conundrum of the Law which leads not to equality but to inequality, not to employment but to unemployment.  Their dialogue is welcome.

The gainfully re-employed: this is an oxymoronic category, at least very few qualify.  Once downsized, few are re-employed at higher wages and their attention and time must be focused in proving themselves in the new job  while keeping their resume current.  Nevertheless, for those few who have won a fat employment contract with a generous severance package, they might want to join in the dialogue.
 
Legislators/law drafters: ultimately, this is the group that must make the necessary changes to the Law.  But the legislation doesn’t have to be just national, it could be at the state, county, political parish, municipality, or village level.  Any efforts at whatever level are most appreciated and Dequav should be informed so that this information may be shared and the crack on the bell on the last page may be mended.
 
Organized labor: labor leaders may think that Dequav is a labor movement.  It is not.  On the other hand,  big business managers generally believe that at-will employees are best for the company since they keep unions out.  Yet  top management almost always has an employment contract with liberal bonuses, stock options and severance agreement regardless of how profitable the company is.  Labor leaders who can see benefits resulting from fair treatment of employees (i.e., elimination of  “employment-at-will”) even without a union forming should join in the dialogue.



 
Retired industrialists: there are many industrialists who are free from from the tyranny of Boards of Directors and stockholders (i.e., they’re retired) who may be now re-thinking the “value” of  “employment at will.”   Is it really necessary to treat all employees as inanimate objects so that unions can be kept out of the company?  Respondees: Requests for anonymity will be honored.
 
Small/medium sized business executives: perhaps the only real way to be competitive with big business is to treat employees like human beings who have civil rights, not at-will employees.  Can’t this be accomplished without forming unions -- even if, admittedly for legal reasons, contracts may need to be issued?   Why wait for the Law to force you into a corner?  Or for some clever union organizer to recognize that you have disgruntled employees?
 
Economists:  these individuals would generally fit into the above category except that their views and theories have a direct impact on labor and management, and indirectly “employment-at-will,” that they must be listed separately. However, it might be necessary here for them to think outside their discipline.  [click on This & That and see #1]
 
Religious leaders:  What has religion to do with freedom? Hasn’t religion been the source of oppression throughout the ages?  In the United States, doesn’t the first amendment of the Constitution guarantee the separation of Church and State?  And don’t religious leaders annoyingly, if not illegally, interfere in the affairs of State?  [click on This & That page and see #2]
 
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Sociologists:  Have any sociologists or “social scientists”  examined the consequences on society, politics or the economy of employment-at-will, as such?  There appears to be many studies on the adverse effects of unemployment, poverty and even “globalization” on society but we could detect none on clear-cut culprit, in our estimation, of all three of these categories: employment-at-will.  Are there any such studies?  Why not?

Civil Rights Leaders:  How can you be truly free if you’re poor?  Why is the fastest growing population in the U.S.A. the poor?  Who are the leaders who are combatting the crime of growing poverty?  Where are they demonstrating or marching?  Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy demonstrated and marched for the poor.  They were both assassinated.  Who is taking their places?  Why is there such a profound silence in all state and federal elections over the plight of the poor?  Haven’t most of the civil rights gains of the 50’s and 60’s been trumped by employment-at-will?

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