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evoecon April 10th, 2016 12:58pm

You own a bakery w/entry wage of $20. Your 5 employees asked for a $2 per hour increase for each. You refused. They refused to work & refused to allow any replacement employees to enter the premises. Do you call the police?

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04/11/16 4:51 pm

Ungrateful bastards. 20 dollars an hour to eat my pastries? And you want more? Asking should be a crime within itself.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
04/11/16 10:03 am

So they've resorted to extortion...

evoecon nearest binary system
04/11/16 10:14 am

Interesting comment. I would agree. I was motivated by the 1979 "movie" attributed to Bernie Sanders. The movie was about Eugene Debs. The movie had an interesting description of conflicts between laborers and business owners. I was reminded that early union efforts involve shutting down the business to extort higher wages. I was just wondering if other felt the same way.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
04/10/16 10:18 pm

Absolutely. They have the right to strike; I have the right to subsequently fire them all and hire new workers; they have NO right to prevent those new workers from entering my premises.

Xemanis Lawful Good
04/10/16 3:43 pm

Lol, they're lucky to even be making $20

GoFlo Peace Through Strength
04/10/16 2:09 pm

$20/HR.! Where do I sign up?

davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
04/10/16 10:43 am

I don't care what they bakery was paying, the employees were working at will, no one forced them to be there.
But as soon as they were obstructing the successful operation of business they engaged in a criminal act.

donkong Hanoverian
04/10/16 10:07 am

My ex employees will be leaving one way or the other

04/10/16 9:00 am

Yes. I'd also sue for damages and hire new employees.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/11/16 10:16 am

Thanks for your input.

04/10/16 8:38 am

Yes, they have no right to prohibit entry into my store just because they want more money. They can protest, but they can't impede my right to conduct business when they do so. I'd be inclined to line the people up who are willing to accept $20 and point out that they are the ones being hurt most by the actions of my former employees.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/10/16 8:54 am

I agree with you. The Labor Relations Board can take exception to your position.

04/10/16 9:23 am

Do you mind explaining how? I'm just curious.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/10/16 9:40 am

You terminate these five. They petition the local Confectioner's Union. The Union filed an immediate action for hearing and idle tons for your employees to unionize. The Labor Relations Board can file an injunction to stay your termination of the employees as an unfair employment action.

04/10/16 9:48 am

Hmm, it seems to me that I simply refused to give them a raise, I didn't fire them nor am I required to pay the $22 per hour. If they refuse to quit, and unionize instead, I'm taking the vacation noted below and closing my business. Thank you for that explanation.

04/10/16 9:51 am

That's five jobs gone, and one business down. I suppose if this behavior continues there could be no small business left at all. What a sad outcome.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/10/16 10:02 am

It is a balancing act. These very actions gave rise to unions in America. Bernie wants to blame capitalist, but workers would choke a business into submission. They would actually fight and people died, on both side.

xxclixxx Rhode Island
04/10/16 7:40 am

I'd lock the doors and go on a 3 month vacation.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/10/16 8:55 am

I can see that. Everybody loses their employment.