More Work Justice

Work justice has eroded greatly since the recession. Workloads have increased and employers do not feel the need to increase pay, or provide workers with much in the way of benefits. Job security is nonexistent, and good jobs are rare. The most job growth, it seems, is in low-level, low-paying service jobs. These jobs are also high-stress, as they are often front-line customer service positions, dealing with endless problems from customers. It is hard to get up every day and do this demeaning, difficult work and still not be able to pay quite all the bills. Home health workers fall into this category, and there is, not surprisingly, a great deal of turnover in these jobs.

One homecare company has decided to address this problem of worker turnover by providing secure, full-time employment, including benefits, as well as training. They hope to reduce their turnover rate from over 60% to 40%. Although it is great that this company is attempting to improve workers’ experience, it may not be enough, evidenced by their goal of reducing turnover to “only” 40%. The stress of home health work is likely intractable, as it is for most work in healthcare, and this is still going to drive workers into other jobs. Pay cannot increase much, either, and doing difficult, stressful work for little pay is simply not something people want to do if they can help it. More needs to be done to address stress and low pay, and especially to reduce the need for jobs that are so aversive it is hard to find workers to do them.

Menial jobs sap self-confidence and kill much of the joy in life. No one deserves to be forced to suffer to that degree to earn a living. The worker underclass in America is almost a slave class, as so little time is left for their personal lives, and so little choice of activity is left to them. This is a real blight on our society, but it likely will not be adequately addressed in the near future. Social progress is incremental, and workers today are unlikely to find much relief. This is mainly because people do not really accord much value to human dignity, and because economic concerns tend to come first, thanks to the overwhelming power of the 1%. I long for the day when money will be less of a force and more people will realize the truth and implications of Oneness.

For more on this topic, see my entry from 1 December 2015.


Copyright © 2016 Teresa Chupp.  All rights reserved.


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