Monday, October 19, 2009

The American Worker

There are two types of American workers: the documented and the undocumented. People work as white collars and others work as blue collars. All try to add their hands to the dough of American progress. The most successful US companies live on the exploitation of their workers. Like parasites, they drain the last blood until he/she collapses. Then they run out for the next victim. The cooperate world is socially irresponsible; tossing the worker like a used paper towel. Is there any morality then in the way America treats its poor workers? The moral compass of any nation is the way it treats the destitute and powerless.

As I watched those who had worked at Ford, GMC, Chrysler and steel companies lose their jobs just like that, I sat with my hand on my chin wondering what would happen to them and their families. That is the normal fate of the American worker: despite their longevity; they are tossed to the wind for survival. The American worker, though in a supposedly free country is not free. People lovingly always advise you to go with the flow just to keep your job. What an imprisonment! These are the invisible shackles and manacles of the American worker who must backstab the next worker to please the boss. Despite all of this, the American worker is still marginalized.

Is there a reason why companies like Wal-Mart are using now more the seniors than the youths? Cheap labor and profit making! These seniors work part time as such do not qualify for the 40hrs worker’s benefit package. Americans are losing work, yet they are still hiring workers overseas. They are still hiring people to do customer services in India and other countries. Shouldn't the HI and H2 visas have been suspended with the current recession? Why are these programs still continuing while there are many American citizens without jobs? Isn’t it irresponsibility to carter for another person while you are not fine? Isn’t it hypocritical to hire foreign workers while the jobless claims are at their highest in 25 years? How many of those workers for whom companies filed I-129 actually went back to their countries?

People always ask why illegal immigration is striving. Illegal immigration is not much about the immigrants but about the rich companies who want to exploit them for cheap labor and maximize profits. These are people with no benefits: no life and health insurances, and no retirement benefits. Above all, they have no rights. Who is that illegal immigrant who will risk his stay to fight a company owing him/her $1000? Relatives will assemble and tell you to let it go; that you will make more money. The mentality behind hiring illegal immigrants is because most of the people want to use them as slaves and payback for “ravaging” their country.

Long gone are those lies that Americans do not want to do certain jobs. There is no job on American soil that Americans do not want to do. The hiring of illegal immigrants and foreign workers is driven solely for profits and exploitation. Work should not be taken away from citizens and given to foreigners. Or at worst, suck out the benefits to care for them. Why not give the American workers a better healthcare so they will stay healthy and work longer? Why not guarantee the workers a better future after retirement so that they will find pleasure in the work they do now?

Until then, long live the American worker.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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