So many of the posts here are about peoples’ jobs causing them to lose their minds through practices that obviously qualify as deep labor conflicts. Treating people decently has been relegated to occasionally making so-called “accommodations” to defend against disability claims. Although OSMI co-opts the imagery and stylization of solidarity movements (i.e., a gear, two clenched hands corrupted from the traditional raised fist), there is little meaningful discussion about permanently correcting harmful work environments. The scant few times anyone broaches the subject of organized labor, unions are dismissed as “a joke”. Why is that?
Instead, the focus centers on palliative responses: recognize and identify madness, talk it out with your primary stressor, then quit when it turns out nothing ever changes, thus handing off the abuse to the next sucker. This damaging rhetoric deftly shifts the blame from the perpetrator to the victim. Why didn’t you take care of yourself? Why didn’t you speak up earlier? If going by the handbook, why didn’t you file an ADA claim? And so forth.
Perhaps this thread can be a place to discuss collective bargaining: demands, strategies for organizing, personal experiences, etc.
To kick it off, some things I believe may be beneficial (to their credit, the guideline pdfs touch on this) :
- Abolish endemic Taylorisms (cf. velocity)
- Abolish open plan offices
- Hard overtime limits
- Just cause dismissal
- Clear delineation of roles; changes subject to contract renegotiation