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April 16, 2015
Minimum Wages Generating Maximal Relational Reactions
 
One of the great relational questions of our time is how we treat people – workers, would-be workers and their families – struggling to make ends meet. We can use a union like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as a doormat at a MacDonald’s when uppity workers demonstrate for a $15 minimum wage.

But then we hear about how New York state’s attorney general is concerned about “on-call scheduling” that leaves many retail workers at tonier places unsure how many hours they’ll be working in a given week, and what to do about it – quit or soldier on.

Hey, economies are supposed to benefit human beings, all of us who want, and need, to earn our way. Yet the relational reality too often seems to be that those who express themselves most actively on that score are uppity, union-backed folks who’d best knock it off. And that doesn’t make for a good relational scene.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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