Tuesday, March 30, 2021
#89 / Nada
The picture above, showing a Delta Airlines flight attendant at work, was the illustration chosen by Fortune Magazine to accompany its 2020 listing of the "100 Best Companies To Work For." What was Delta's rank? #97.
No surprise, then, to read the following headline in my hard-copy version of the San Jose Mercury News on March 2, 2021:
In today's corporation-dominated economy, working men and women are consistently being shortchanged (and women are disproportionately more shortchanged than men). Delta is far from being alone! In fact, that's business as usual.
If a company does well, shouldn't all the workers who made that possible be rewarded? Well, that's not the way it works now, of course. We all know that. It's not really "news" that those at the top siphon off most of the benefits of our incredibly rich and productive economy. You don't have to be a Bernie Sanders' voter to know that this is the truth (though being a Bernie Sanders voter probably does help).
Most of us are in the "shortchanged" category - the ones who get "nada" as the companies we work for do well. Even worse, the "companies we work for," getting really, really rich, may be employing us as "independent contractors." Yes, Uber, Door Dash, and others, I am thinking about you!
Is it impossible to correct this imbalance? Not really, but to do something about it would require, as a first step, what has sometimes been called "class consciousness." Plus, as a second step, political action is required.
With this blog posting, I am trying to do something about that first step - the one that suggests that economic equity and fairness requires that we develop "class consciousness." As for the "political action" component, step two, that has really been the theme of this entire blog effort, right from the start:
We Live In A Political World