“It’s all fine to say, “Time will heal everything, this too shall pass away. People will forget”—and things like that when you are not involved, but when you are there is no passage of time, people do not forget and you are in the middle of something that does not change.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row.
But it’s not too hard to see how pernicious this legislation truly is. “Flexibility” is a word that should make hourly workers check for their wallets—employers hold most of the power in the relationship with hourly workers, which is all the more true if they are not unionized. So “flexibility” to decide if you want to get paid for overtime work, instead of getting fewer hours later on, can quickly become a way for employers to withhold payment for overtime work while also cutting your hours down the road.
Over 160 labor unions and women’s groups sent a letter to members of Congress on Monday, protesting that the Working Families Flexibility Act is “a smoke-and-mirrors bill that offers a pay cut for workers without any guaranteed flexibility or time off to care for their families or themselves.”
A popular meme with Glenn beck and radical Right web sites is always accuse Obama and Democrats of working straight out of the Saul Alinsky handbook. Conservatives on the other hand seem to be working straight out of the Giovanni Gentile. Workers must not have any power according to conservatism. They work constantly to give the elite more power and workers less. That formula makes for a culture in which democratic republicanism cannot survive.