Another Battle for Bush

December 15th, 2003

To the Editor,

I beg to differ with Mr. Herbert’s most cogent review of the Bush administration’s relationship with labor (“Another Battle for Bush“). These facts reflect upon the successful conclusion of previous battles fought by the executive branch. Results include people vying for fewer jobs with longer hours at lower wages; more nonworking persons on the taxpayer’s dime versus industry pension and disability rolls; fewer protections for all workers through diminished OSHA standards (e.g. ergonomic rules gone); alteration of the Civil Service Reform Act removing rights of DOD/Homeland Security employees to recourse before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and so forth.

We are all now employees of a large company, having replaced the constitution with a prospectus, turned the flag into a logo (copyright, 2000) and transformed the election process into a simple board of directors proxy fight against potential takeovers. The company also loots employee medical/pension plan funds having modelled its business plan out of texts from the Kenneth Lay School of Business.

Yup, business is booming these days.

Barbara Rubin

Categories: NY Times

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