The 30 hour work week?
Senator Ted Kennedy has once again proven beyond a shadow of a doubt he’s never existed in the real world. Besides deciding welfare is something everyone should enjoy, at the expense of employers and taxpayers, he’s now decided to shorten the work week to 30 hours a week. In essence, S.910 provides that any employee that works 30 hours a week for a year gets one week paid leave. Now, that standard has sort of been in practice, as decided by the private sector. However, that’s not good enough for Ted. So, what’s going to happen is full time people will get no more than what they get now, and part time people will work less than 30 hours a week as opposed to being able to work 34 to 39. I manage about 300 people. That’s the decision I’ve already come to, it’s a no-brainer. I imagine just about any employer, and only a few of those will be the big corporate giants everyone assumes when this debate is made, will be forced to make the same decision because when you provide a benefit to a class of people, they are all expected to receive the same benefits, by law. So, if you give a full time employee a week’s vacation per year, those receiving that benefit can be assumed to be in the same working class. Therefore, the argument could be made they receive the same retirement, insurance, and any other benefits anyone else receiving that benefit makes. As an employer, that gets REAL expensive, REAL quick. That part’s muddy if this bill passes. When in doubt, employers stick to the side of caution. The easy decision to make is part timers work less and get less money. Therefore, the working class stays the same, and the people making the least money will make even less. What’s annoying to me is the goof-ball legislation is already endorsed by several other Senators. Some names you should recognize real quick:
|Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI]||Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [DE]|
|Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]||Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH]|
|Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA]||Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY]|
|Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT]||Sen Durbin, Richard [IL]|
|Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI]||Sen Harkin, Tom [IA]|
|Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI]||Sen Kerry, John F. [MA]|
|Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ]||Sen Levin, Carl [MI]|
|Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT]||Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ]|
|Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD]||Sen Murray, Patty [WA]|
|Sen Obama, Barack [IL]||Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV]|
|Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT]||Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY]|
These people don’t believe in leaving the private sector alone apparently. This is actually a true partisan issue where the parties are defined as they historically had been pre-1980. Smaller government or larger government? That’s the root of the differences between parties regardless of social issues that come and go and can be interchanged between parties from one election to the next.