February 22nd, 2011

Bullying is never about the money


Bullied targets recognize lying. Lies about needing to save money are the governors’ (expect this to roll into other states near you, Wisconsin is just the beginning) rationale for eliminating the few remaining rights workers have. You non-union folks know that you have no rights to give up. Turns out that the newly elected Wisc governor inherited a surplus. There was no financial crisis in that state, says former co-chair of the state joint finance committee, state Rep. Marc Pocan.

In states where there are genuinely dire financial straits, the governors are blaming unions. Really?  Why do we have such collective amnesia? How gullible is the American public? Remember the investors who ripped off the world and mortgage borrowers and allowed us saps to absorb the losses? And not one has gone to jail for it (read Matt Tiabi’s new article).

And so the pattern is repeated in every bullying scenario. Bullies cost the employer, corporate or government, tons of cash that the employer whines they cannot afford to spare. Yet, they keep the bully on payroll while the losses mount from undesirable turnover, absenteeism, presenteeism, workers’ comp, disability insurance, and a damaged reputation as the worst place to work. Bullies are too expensive to keep, but it’s about power and cozy relationships between executive sponsors and their favorite sons and daughters. It’s never about the money.

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  1. Jay Jacobus says:

    Bullies want toxic workplaces to be about money. They want to cry and moan about the greedy victims when the victims wanted to work in a healthy workplace not have to sue. What good will money do a vicitm if he can’t work and can’t accomplish a satisfying purpose.

    DON’T pay me money. I don’t want it. I wan’t a rewarding job with promising accomplishmnets.

    So don’t stay my hand and then call me greedy when money is the only solice you will allow me. (and so far, not even that.)

    • JOIE says:

      Dignity in the workplace is the first step every employer should provide, wether unionized or not. Money only becomes important after safe and respectful employment is provided.

      • Jay Jacobus says:

        There are situations when management needs training but they don’t realize their own needs.

        It might be appropriate for employees to offer management training in dignified workplaces (for example).

        Leading from an inferior position is difficult but not impossible.

  2. J. says:

    Last year, in my non-union state, the governor and state legislature furloughed state workers into near poverty. Of course, we were not required to work for free so we were required to take our furlough days as free time (literally) and we were furloughed on normally paid holidays. While we were being furloughed and during a period of extreme cuts to education, the president of the university where I work engaged in a building frenzy and hired several “consultants” to do mystery work. He seems to think it makes him look good. Apparently, he has political connections so he is permitted to keep his job despite his “let them eat cake” attitude and highly questionable past.

    • Jay Jacobus says:

      If a governor refures to serve ALL his constituents, then the ones he won’t represent have no representation.

      Victims have no representation as long as politicians turn a blind eye to their troubles.

      What are we supposed to do start our own government, court, police and prisons?

      The governor whether he likes it or not needs to consider the welfare of ALL his constituents, not just the ones he choses to bless with special favors.

      • Jay Jacobus says:

        I quit the actuarial profession in 1982, yet I still cannot find work except for jobs working for bullies. Here is a letter I recently wrote to the actuaries. I doubt that it will work because they have ignored my pleas so far.

        “Actuaries gain nothing from preventing people from working. Whatever satisfaction you may feel, can only be miniscule compared to the suffering you create. I do not know what words I can use to soothe your feelings but know that I will agree to almost any terms you demand.”

        While the letter is desparate, this is an example of what can be done to a person when powerful people attack.

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