Originally Posted by Musicinabottle
You don't think it'd be cheaper to feed and house people from our country in need, if we shipped them to China? If you allowed private companies to run welfare, that's what they would do I bet. Surprised they don't ship prisoners over there for some financial savings!
I recently read a book on the history of the Macy?s Department Store. This company was a pioneer in the field of improved employee relations once the Strauss family took over ownership.
Some of the things that Macy?s did for its employees:
1. Set up campground resorts to give employees a low-cost vacation option.
2. Set up a cafeteria so the lower-paid employees could get at least one decent meal a day at very low cost.
3. Set up the first mutual aid society in America to provide retirement and burial benefits for employees.
Nathan Strauss helped build a Jewish settlement in the Holy Land before WW I.
One of the Strauss brothers (I cannot remember which) set up factories to pasteurize milk after several of his own children died from drinking tainted milk. He sold pasteurized milk to the public at practically no profit because his faith told him it was the right thing to do. And when the government finally decided to make a law that said all milk had to be pasteurized Strauss gave his milk factories to the government when he could have had a monopoly on the retail sale of milk.
A while back I read a book, Remembering Woolworth
, and I was flabbergasted at what this company used to do. Up until the 1960s all of the pre-filled Easter baskets that a Woolworth store sold were put together on site. The store?s employees would begin assembling the baskets in January to have enough ready by Easter. No American company today would spend the money necessary for this kind of labor.
Also, the bigger Woolworth stores used to have a live piano player to play Christmas music. Now you count yourself lucky if a store goes to the trouble of playing piped-in music over its PA system.
Furthermore, even Woolworth employees staged sit-down strikes in the 1930s they still had the utmost respect for their employer and they were concerned about the public?s opinion of them and the company they worked for. Striking employees paid for everything they ate from their store?s merchandise and they made a point of keeping their stores clean and saw to it that the animals in the pet department were well cared for.
But today most Americans companies are like Walmart.