Career Calling

September 7, 2014

A Good Boss is Still a Boss


I frequently cite articles by Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos because she is one of the best writers on labor issues. Today Clawson looks at two stories in which bosses support workers. In one case, workers struck in support of Arthur T. Demoulas, who directed the supermarket chain, Market Basket, in a worker-friendly manner.  Demoulas was reinstated. Clawson also tells the story of Arthur Burse, the President of Kentucky State University, who cut his pay so lower wage workers could get a raise. She points out that these stories are not what normally goes on in the work place. Every benefit workers have received over many decades has come from their collective action. As Clawson puts it, we don’t need stories of good bosses who are heroes; we need movements. I agree with her 100%. There are great places to work and great bosses. However, most companies don’t meet that standard. The only way for working people to have security is to work together and demand justice. Hopefully the fast food workers are just the first step in organizing the American workforce.


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