Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, November 9, 2017
Don’t Let Congress Cheat Workers Out of Basic Rights
House Republicans on Tuesday took another step in their campaign to cheat workers out of fair pay and workplace rights. On a vote largely along party lines, the House advanced a bill to roll back longstanding “joint employer” protections for workers contracted by big companies like Apple or Alaska Airlines.
For years, when two companies both control the terms and conditions of employment, they are also both considered responsible for workplace violations like wage theft, sexual harassment or safety problems. So if a window washer working for a contractor fell because safety equipment was improperly installed by the company whose building he was cleaning, he could sue both the contractor and the larger company for damages.
But under the bill passed on Tuesday, large corporations that outsource jobs would get virtually full immunity from workplace violations, while the typically smaller, poorly capitalized local businesses that provide the workers would bear all the liability. This could leave these small businesses exposed to bankruptcy, leaving workers in danger of having no remedies at all.
Readings from Proverbs for Thursday, November 9, 2017
Several of my spiritual friends once lived foolish lives consumed by self-will. When they reached “bottom,” homeless or in prison, they changed their minds about self-will. They prayed a magnificent prayer (the Third Step of Alcoholics Anonymous prayer) and surrendered to God. Many of my spiritual friends lack formal education, but they are extremely wise. Their wisdom comes from heeding the advice of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, their sponsor and the Bible.
Proverbs 1.20-23 – Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.”
Prayers for Thursday, November 9, 2017
Dear God, please help us to live from your wisdom, rather than from self-will.