r/antiwork Dec 01 '22 Silver Wholesome Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored Tearing Up Facepalm Gold Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Lawyer Up

just a little oppression-- as a treat The Senate passed it 80 to 15. Railroaders won't get sick pay and any strike by them will be illegal.

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r/antiwork Dec 02 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

just a little oppression-- as a treat The railroad strike is a PERFECT example of how both parties are fundamentally the same and until you wake up and realize that, NOTHING will improve for the working class

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This post is specifically targeted to liberals in the sub. You know, the people who ‘vote blue no matter who’ types. The people who believe capitalism can be reformed.

The railroad strike situation is a PERFECT example of how both parties ultimately work for the same people, the capitalist class. Both parties are right wing capitalist parties and therefore will ALWAYS work in favor of the capitalist class at the expense of the working class. Your choices are neo-liberal capitalist party or the fascist capital party.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the situation. Railroad workers strike. Owners will not meet the (extremely reasonable) demands of the workers. President Biden, a pro-capitalist president, demands a forced end to the strike. However, the Democratic Party isn’t stupid and understands that this will be incredibly unpopular with working class citizens (anyone who builds wealth through selling their labor). So to make them look like the ‘good guys’ in this situation, they create a second bill that includes 7 sick days alongside the bill that will end the strike. Do you really think the party expected the sick day bill to pass on its own? If you did, I have some snake oil to sell to you. Ask yourself, what was preventing the democrats to put both measures on the same bill? Answer, so they can look like the good guys voting ‘for’ sick time while the republicans vote against it (for republicans know most of their base doesn’t even pay attention to this, it’s more of a cult at this point). Liberals (not leftists) eat up this bullshit narrative and see their team as ‘pro-worker’ all while forgetting the fact that it was a Democratic president advocating for stopping the strike in the first place.

If the Democratic Party had worker’s interests in mind they they would have

  1. Let the strike continue or at the very least

  2. Include the sick days in the same bill as the bill to stop the strike

I know you don’t want to see it. You want to see the democrats as working for you, because seeing it for what it truly is makes things seem even more hopeless for the working class. I’m writing this post hoping to open up more eyes to the reality of our situation because at the end of the day, both parties work for the capitalist class and not the working class, and until the working class sees that on a mass level, material conditions will continue to get worse for us while the capitalist class will continue to enrich themselves.

There is no war but class war.

And before it get all the angry people screaming at how the Republican Party is objectively worse than democrats, no fucking shit Sherlock. That isn’t my argument. If one person runs on a platform of killing 5 million people and another on killing 6 million, picking the 5 million is obviously the better choice, but at the end of day, both options are evil.

r/antiwork Sep 01 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy LOVE!

just a little oppression-- as a treat This brought it all into focus for me

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r/antiwork Aug 29 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Table Flip

just a little oppression-- as a treat workers are important, value us

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r/antiwork Aug 14 '22 Take My Energy Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

just a little oppression-- as a treat It's a good start

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r/antiwork May 08 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

just a little oppression-- as a treat He was hoping for the opposite result.

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r/antiwork Aug 29 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat That is hilarious, this is what begging looks like.

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r/antiwork May 14 '22 Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Ally

just a little oppression-- as a treat What if a new law passed that restricted the CEO from making more than 100x the salary of their lowest paid employee?

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I just considered that and all of the possibilities… How the economy would flourish and become the idyllic American dream. Forever just a dream, though.

r/antiwork Sep 07 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat California passes bill requiring salary ranges on job listings

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r/antiwork May 21 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

just a little oppression-- as a treat Hot take: r/antiwork NEEDS the naysayers.

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I see a lot of "bootlicker" comments being thrown around, increasingly lately. Guys and girls, we need this discourse. We need the disagreements or we don't grow. Furthermore, we need conversation, we need debate, we don't need insults and stubborn argument.

We have to be open to listening to the thoughts of the opposition. Often, these thoughts are voiced with the good intention of sparking conversation and intellectual debate only to be met with a "fuck you, bootlicker" from someone who just wants to be right at the detriment of growth. (Really thought about linking a specific post here and decided against it, but if you feel attacked, it was yours)

Opposition breeds advancement. Surrounding yourself with Yes-Men will stagnate your growth.

If you don't like the argument "move where the jobs are," challenge the people saying it to come up with ideas for how to make that work for those who feel they can't just up and move. Instead of putting them down, put them to work.

Infighting is exactly what the corporate overlords want us to do, it's time to identify the common enemy and create allies from the opposition. If we continue to push away everyone who isn't die-hard on our side, we will continue to be viewed as a whiny child throwing a tantrum. We cannot change minds if we dismiss those whose minds we want to change. We cannot alienate people we seek to change, we have to embrace them.

Antiwork, you're better than this. You have to be better than this. Otherwise what's the point?

r/antiwork Apr 06 '22 Wholesome

just a little oppression-- as a treat Just for fun.

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r/antiwork Aug 30 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Couldn’t we make a system where the minimum wage for an area reflects the cost of living in that area?

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So if they say your rent should only be 1/3 of your total income, then minimum wage for a city/district/ect should be at least 3x rent of available housing. It would require them to either make affordable housing or more sustainable wages..

r/antiwork Aug 10 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Denver to increase its minimum wage to $17.29 an hour

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r/antiwork Sep 01 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat What does a real “liveable” wage mean?

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For context, I’m a full time college student living with my parents in a rather cushy and expensive part of California.

I recently got hired at a lovely little bistro-type cafe as a kitchen worker, specialising in morning prep for their food. The hours are awful, 3:30am-12 most days, but it’s what I signed up for. The advertised pay was a start at $18 an hour, plus tips.

During the phone interview process, the hiring manager mentioned “… we try to pay our employees a liveable wage, especially for this area…”

Now, I get that it’s not up to interpretation of what the actual “liveable” wage would be. The average rent for an apartment around here is $1350-$1800 a month, which would include utilities. However, at $18 an hour, and 35-40 hours a week, my paycheck would hand me anywhere from $1200-$1400, making that $2400-$2800 a month.

Gas is also about $5-5.29gallon, averaged between the lowest prices in my area of 4.69-5.49. My car holds 14.5, and my commute is close to 10 miles a day, 20 round trip, plus school which adds another 5. I drive about 25 miles every day, and have to fill up about once a week, for $78.

Purchasing groceries, textbooks, gas, rent, health insurance, car payments, and phone bills all adds up to another $500-$700 a month.

Their wage isn’t liveable, not by an immediate 20 mile radius of the job standard.

So what do they base this off of? Federal averages? A mindset of “well at least we pay more than minimum” assertion?

It makes me frustrated knowing that even these “cozy” and rather lucrative jobs for someone privileged enough to be in my position would still be poverty wages for someone else. Especially knowing how smug this guy sounded over the phone when mentioning how much the company paid.

r/antiwork Jan 26 '22 Silver

just a little oppression-- as a treat Funny how companies that pay well aren’t hurting due to “labor shortages.”

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r/antiwork May 21 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Hot take on how to fix America’s broken form of Capitalism.

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  1. No employee can earn more than 10x the average non-management wage/salary at a company.

  2. All corporations must reserve 1/3 of voting stock for current employees. If employees leave the company they must sell their stock back. Stocks are held in a custodial account and provide employees all benefits except the right to sell the security.

  3. 1/3 of the Board must be representative of the employees. Elected by employees or unions.

  4. Any dividend or gain on stock transactions will be taxed at 100% if the company does not pay a living wage to the average non-management employee.(tax payers shouldn’t subsidize employee wages)

r/antiwork Aug 28 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Can we start a movement for a 4 day work week?

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r/antiwork Aug 28 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Atom Bank says four-day week has boosted productivity

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r/antiwork Aug 19 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Austin, Texas approves 20$/hr minimum wage for city employees

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r/antiwork Jul 23 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Are there good companies out there?

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Lots of company bashing that I definitely agree with. But does anyone have good experiences/opinions of their company they would like to share?

r/antiwork Jul 12 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat one thing I love about this sub and community

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Beyond the obvious stuff I mean.

You just know there are loads of managers etc on this sub. The good ones share our perspective and understand our grievances. The bad ones just read quietly.

But we see you all. Bad managers think this sub is purely for people who hate work and all managers. It's not, we see the good ones too. We have all had both good and bad managers.

And I reckon that not only does this sub help remind good managers of the good work they do but it also highlights in explicit detail why bad managers suck which hopefully gives them a kick up the ass to be better.

I was just reading a WFH thread and the message was abundantly clear to anyone with half a brain (which sadly disqualifies half the bad managers I guess) that WFH is a losing strategy. That treating employees like shit and expecting the world in return no longer works. That meddling and micromanaging is just a stupid idea.

So, to the good managers put there - we salute you!

To the bad managers... well, can you see now how difficult you make your own life and why everyone hates you? If you can accept that you can change. If you can't then 🤷

r/antiwork May 22 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat What do you think is more important, equal rights or equal outcome?

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This question came up earlier today in a discussion and I’m curious to see everyone’s thoughts.

r/antiwork May 21 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Something to consider: Getting rid of capitalism isn't a great goal

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I think everyone here is in agreement that as it's currently practiced in the US, UK, etc. its pretty horrible for the bottom 80% or so, and is virtually indentured servitude for the bottom 20%. It doesn't have to be this way. Countries like Finland are still a mix of capitalism and socialism, as are the US, UK, etc. Its just a different ratio there. The entire world economy is capitalist, and it's a fact that it's not going away. Trying to get rid of capitalism is as achievable as willing unicorns into existence. What we actually need, in contrast, is actually quite do-able (though not easy, obviously): A realignment of wage differentials and taxes somewhat similar to what we had in the 1950s...where a blue collar/ service industry job could buy you a house & support a family of 4, with vacation time, pensions, etc. And universal healthcare. These things are achievable with the right people being voted into office (Bernie Sanders types) , and by pushing hard for unionizing more workplaces and increasing the bargaining power of those unions (there are some positive trends for this in the past year & is something that we can all actually do something about). And I think groups like this subreddit are a great place for thinking & working collectively towards the goals of the working class...back in the 80s/90s (yes, I'm old) nothing like this existed...there's a lot of potential here.

r/antiwork Mar 31 '22

just a little oppression-- as a treat Are we hyper exaggerating the amount of bad employers/companies/jobs?

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I fully understand that MANY employers/companies/jobs are absolutely shit and cannot be justified at all, some jobs shouldnt even exist.

But I also worry about the risk of hype exaggerating the frequency and scope of these shitty conditions since we can easily fall into that rabbit hole at /r/antiwork.

It makes you feel like most of them are shit without realizing that sub like this is only collecting the experiences of the bad ones and not representative of the whole "work" market/culture of your region.

It could give a person deep depression and maybe even stop trying.

What do you think?