A Proposal to fight Wage Slavery
by Valatan, Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 02:47:51 PM EST
This idea has certainly been talked about before, but I don't see why it hasn't been seriously proposed. I see it as a clear way that the Dems can generate a concrete proposal to take a stance on outsourcing.
The idea is that there should be a proposed law requiring the manufacturers of any product to place on the label of said product a notification of the total man-hours required to manufacture the product and the average wage per hour paid during the manufacture of the product. [more below fold]
First, this is information that the manufacturer already has. You can't run a business without knowing what your cost margins are, and how to calculate your profit margins. Second, this would empower the consumer to avoid products made under wage-slave type conditions. Third, it allows those companies paying a fair wage a forum to proudly advertise that they do so. Fourth, it would be difficult for Republicans to oppose this measure. The most they could say is that the numbers would be mainuplated and not accurate. Finally, it would allow the Dems to gain the upper hand on this issue, as Bush seems to drift closer and closer to corporate America.