A Gift Wish For The Worker Bee

A secret Santa gift to
Forsaken employees who
Have been disenfranchised by their greedy bosses
Their paid union dues
To corrupt officials who
Pursue deals that lead to more workers losses

To those employees
My gift empathy
Is a long day walked in your shoes
By a CEO
Whom as you know
Regarding your job he hasn’t a clue

I’d then like to see
The union presidency
Try to survive on their proffered reduced income
To feed clothe and provide
When a living wage is denied
Enjoy Christmas dinner of lunch meat on breadcrumbs

*recompense provided by the company to those forced to work the holiday without a holiday stipend

To those at the helm
You must be overwhelmed
Knowing you alone brought the company profit
Take a moment to think
Of the bodies that linked
The daily business to your direct deposit

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
William Butler Yeats

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The Daily Post
Dec 23, 2014
Daily Prompt
Secret Santa
You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom?

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6 thoughts on “A Gift Wish For The Worker Bee

  1. As a retail worker, my wages are low and I have no benefits or pension. Nonetheless, I love my job working in a bookstore, and although I have often taken different jobs with better pay, benefits, and pensions, I have always returned to the bookstore at which I work. My consolation is that I know my value as an employee, because my customers return consistently for recommendations from me. I refuse to feel taken advantage of because I live a simple life and feel that the service I offer is of value. Oh, and I do get a pretty good discount on books!

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      1. I agree. Many of the employees at my bookstore have university degrees, but they inevitably find themselves drawn back to the bookstore because of their love of books and of sharing the joy of reading with others. They have no love for the company that underpays them and denies them benefits or wages, but they love their jobs and their customers. Have you ever read B.F. Skinner’s “Walden Two”? You might find it of interest if not.

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      2. It’s by a behavioral psychologist, B.F. Skinner, and it portrays a utopian community in which people do what they love for equal credits, regardless of the nature of the work. Education is free to those who want it, and the number of hours of work necessary per day are less due to a simpler lifestyle, leaving more time to pursue one’s own and appreciate the hobbies of others.

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