A North Dakota State Legislative committee is debating a bill that would require employees who quit their jobs without ten days notice not to be paid their accumulated paid time off—the employer would be entitled to keep it. The bill is written and supported by Republicans—the same party who opposes big government intruding into the lives of the citizenry and promotes big business rather than the low-paid employees who run their machine.
Proponents of the bill say it would alleviate leaving supervisors in the awkward position of having to scramble to fill the void left by someone not showing up for work and not notifying them about it. Of course we’re talking about the peons and piss-ants that are slaving away in the industrial park and like occupations, not the wealthy Republicans in positions of power and influence in the Fargo community, at least. I’ve been and remain one of those plebeians, and it sucks.
Oh, by the way, the Labor Commissioner proposed disallowing vacations for two years from the date of employment while accruing but not earning the paid time off during that two years. Now I ask you, who can do peon work for two years straight without time off? Who has the right to impose that on anybody? There’ve been jobs I’ve had in the industrial park when I couldn’t finish a day’s work! And there’re many hundreds of laborers up there working for $7.50/hour or less…
Another proposal discussed was to put this proposed rule in the employee handbook instead of state law books. Although a better solution to the problem, it is just the lesser of two evils. If an employee earns paid time off, he should get that money, having given notice of quitting or not. That money was hard-earned by that employee, and he or she has every right to it. It’s his money now, no longer the employer’s. This bill is just another attempt by the bourgeoisie to take the money reigns from the struggling proletariat.
The North Dakota AFL-CIO rightfully opposes the bill. They are for the people, of the people and by the people who work the labor camps like Fargo’s industrial park and other piss-ant jobs that pay $7.00-$10.00/hour without benefits, and now they’re wanting to take away the hard-earned paid time off, because some abusive co-workers or high school drop-out or graduated supervisor have become unbearable to work with or under.
Yes, some jobs are intolerable, and the sooner the high-flying legislature gets out of the employment regulation of our vacation and paid time off, the better off we’ll all be. This is a human rights issue, and they’re being eroded—taken down by this bill.