Ford Motor Company, and the employees being "fired."

richard d wolff economic update: worker coops as our economic future: First, the explanation on what's actually happening regarding Ford Motor Company is brilliant, because this of course, is not explained in the news as you've laid it all out. However, if, out of 200,000 employees, 10% of their work-force here in the US - 10,000.00 Americans will lose their jobs, yes, those families will suffer, and they will be stressed, but I just wanted to point out that, depending on how Ford structures the, "letting go" of all of these people, aka, the difference between being...fired, and being laid off, is a HUGE difference, when it comes to claiming unemployment benefits, assuming that they *can* claim such benefits, to begin with. People who are fired, have to practically submit to an investigation en-par with what Trump is now enduring concerning Russia, just to prove they were fired unjustly, so they can collect! Otherwise, if they were laid off, they have money, usually for 9 months, while they look, and may even get an extension after 9 months, depending on which state they live in. Why am I bringing this up? Because your usage of the word "fired" has different connotations, and thus, outcomes on the people being let-go. I think you were using it for effect, but I just wanted to mention it, as, if they are laid off, they have time to look elsewhere, and find work again. Not that being laid off is any *bargain* but at least they have some money coming in! And thus, they and the communities they live in are still hit, but it's not like they're being left out with nothing. Lastly, I would like to point out this wonderful link which makes an indirect comment on monarchy in government, today, or, how one man thought it should still be. It's a quote by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, spoken when he tried to measure the rights of the individual against he rights of the government, when trying to justify the Death Penalty: "The death penalty is undoubtedly wrong unless one accords to the state a scope of moral action that goes beyond what is permitted to the individual. In my view, the major impetus behind modern aversion to the death penalty is the equation of private morality with governmental morality. This is a predictable (though I believe erroneous and regrettable) reaction to modern, democratic self-government. Few doubted the morality of the death penalty in the age that believed in the divine right of kings. Or even in earlier times." If that isn't a comment on how he believed government should have sway above and beyond individual rights, I don't know what does.

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  • Donald Bellunduno
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-01 19:43:06 -0400
    Ask Prof. Wolff: Ford Motor Company, and the employees being "fired."
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    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2017-07-01 19:42:20 -0400