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Behind the Counter: What Labor Really Looks Like

From: Susan Cook
Series: The River Is Wide
Length: :57

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Behind the Counter:What Management Does
-Susan Cook-
I  stop at convenience  stores driving from work,  usually tired, a little tense from Maine’s  winter roads.  My travel to the counter, pales with that  of the store clerk , paid  minimum wage (or a little more), for 10 hour shifts, with no benefits,  no option of closing early when Maine winter bears down. These clerks are "labor", people that unions can’t  help because "Management" skillfully exploits them. . No one could ever support a family on the money they  earn, at these often second jobs, with  no overtime pay  required. 
We  all suffer here as Maine Governor Lepage embarrassingly slips  on  the learning curve called what labor is and what management has done for them by Maine government (hint: Management  problems are addressed through the Department of Business and Financial Regulation).    Meanwhile, please visit your local convenience chain . Witness "labor"-  when the Union  cannot stop what  Management often does: exploit. 

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Behind the Counter:What Management Does
-Susan Cook-
I  stop at convenience  stores driving from work,  usually tired, a little tense from Maine’s  winter roads.  My travel to the counter, pales with that  of the store clerk , paid  minimum wage (or a little more), for 10 hour shifts, with no benefits,  no option of closing early when Maine winter bears down. These clerks are "labor", people that unions can’t  help because "Management" skillfully exploits them. . No one could ever support a family on the money they  earn, at these often second jobs, with  no overtime pay  required. 
We  all suffer here as Maine Governor Lepage embarrassingly slips  on  the learning curve called what labor is and what management has done for them by Maine government (hint: Management  problems are addressed through the Department of Business and Financial Regulation).    Meanwhile, please visit your local convenience chain . Witness "labor"-  when the Union  cannot stop what  Management often does: exploit. 

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Behind the Counter:What Management Does
-Susan Cook-
I stop at convenience stores driving from work, usually tired, a little tense from Maine’s winter roads. My travel to the counter, pales with that of the store clerk , paid minimum wage (or a little more), for 10 hour shifts, with no benefits, no option of closing early when Maine winter bears down. These clerks are "labor", people that unions can’t help because "Management" skillfully exploits them. . No one could ever support a family on the money they earn, at these often second jobs, with no overtime pay required.
We all suffer here as Maine Governor Lepage embarrassingly slips on the learning curve called what labor is and what management has done for them by Maine government (hint: Management problems are addressed through the Department of Business and Financial Regulation). Meanwhile, please visit your local...
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