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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Wal-Mart and Staffing Agencies

The Wal-Mart Era…

I started my third temp job this week, almost a year after getting layed off from AT&T. I still lack a job with opportunity for growth, decent pay, and employer paid benefits. While my nest egg dissolves meeting bills the temp paycheck doesn’t, hopes of a happy future or happy retirement weaken each day.

AT&T is still laying off, and still REPLACING those layed off with low paid AMERICAN TEMPS, outsourced work to Communist China, poverty ridden India, and other suppliers of cheap labor.

I think Wal-Mart and companies like AT&T that PARTNER WITH STAFFING COMPANIES, are two solid indicators of America’s corporate, economic and political attitudes. 

They illustrate real world examples of the effects of today’s politics, unchecked corporatism, and corporate greed - striving for the lowest common denominator in search of increased profits with government support, who, in my opinion, are giving liittle reflection to the damge being inflicted on our society.

A blogger said Wal-Mart - the biggest employer in America today - tells it’s employees to get food stamps and public assistance, since they don’t get paid enough from their employer. Workers there lack adequate health benefits and make less than $10/hr.

Like American and multinational corporations, staffing agencies may be getting bigger, stronger, greedier, and less concerned on being good corporate citizens, following Wal-Mart’s model of employment and (lack of) benefits - while layed off middle class professional workers increase in numbers and desperation - resulting in widespread exploitation of the skilled labor pool for substandard wages, who may soon be cashing in food stamps too.

Other opportunities and the American Dream are DISAPPEARING.

Posted by Elvis on 06/09/05 •
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Constitutional governments and aristocracies are commonly overthrown owing to some deviation from justice …...the rich, if the constitution gives them power, are apt to be insolent and avaricious.… In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune. - Aristotle

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