And hence unions. Maybe they're not as necessary in small firms, but in large businesses, they're the only way that the management gets reminded that their employees are people too. Get rid of them and all those stories out of Dickens seems a lot more probable.
In the case of State Employee unions, there's another layer... the State is, in essence, a monopoly for many jobs. So, if you're a faculty member and you want another job because your state school is being a bunch of asses... you can't just go to the state school down the street where they aren't asses --- you have to move. This is the same basic problem other teachers, police people, fire fighters etc.. have. When there is only one employer for your area in your job, you're stuck with their policies and procedures unless you want to uproot your family and leave the community.By Inside the Philosophy Factory, at 7:39 PM
Contrast this with fast food workers. If you don't like the way McDonalds is treating you or paying you, you can go work at Burger King.
Although (as usual) I generally agree with Arbitrista, I gots some stories of how it works in small biz. Frankly, it entirely depends on who owns the company.By Some, at 11:47 PM
Some: that's definitely true. I was just trying to make the point that while the dynamics at the small business level are based on personalities, the psychological disjuncture in big companies is institutional - pretty much every owner will tend to treat his employees poorly.By Arbitrista, at 9:20 AM