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The Letter Series: Dear Employers…

To the CEOs, stock and share holders, Business owners, Efficiency consultants, and everyone who has ever played a decision-making role in the hiring, firing, or salary of another human being; Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, the best way to enhance your bottom-line and improve efficiency within businesses is to improve the atmosphere of the work place? Have you ever heard the saying “Happy employees are productive employees” and really considered what it would mean to actually make the work place a happy place for your employees to be?

Once upon a time, businesses like Apple and Google understood that concept and made the idea of working for their companies seem like the Shangri-La of employment opportunities. Droves of creative minds are still flocking toward their Employment Opportunity pages hoping to get into the promised land of gainfulWage Strike Livingl employment.

These days, jobs are hard to come by; not just because there are more unemployed people than there are jobs, or because the economy has made it easy for you employers to fire and hire folks and claim budget cutbacks. No. Jobs–good jobs–are hard to come by because  you have decided that the populous is undeserving of a proper living wage.

Specters; the likes of your McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and Starbucks… Insisting that paying higher wages or offering full-time employment and benefits would force you to charge your adoring customers for your loss in multi-billion dollar profits… You should be ashamed of yourselves… but you’re not. Because you’re making skrillions. And you don’t have to care about you employees or we the consumers. While the nation was suffering through a depression, your shareholders saw revenues that no code of ethics could support.

Minimum wage RealityAnd let’s talk about how so many of your representatives and supporters keep trying to push the idea that the nation’s unemployment situation and the economic downturn can somehow be blamed on a “lazy,” “taker” mentality… Because apparently, all the government subsidies, tax breaks, and incentives that you suckle from the government’s generous teet… Tax dollars you only contribute to in the form of taxes withdrawn from your employees’ paychecks long before they’ve even had a chance to smell it. You know what… I’ll just stop there. I believe I’ve made my point.

Dear Employers,
You have done such a great job of increasing and protecting your shareholders’ investments, that you have completely forgotten that you can’t do that without your employees. What will you do when your former and prospective employees opt for the Cooperative Enterprise model of business development? What will you do when the masses realize that they have options that don’t require your participation?

Do. Better… or Lose. Everything.

From: The current and future employees of the world.

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