Pluralistic: 29 Nov 2021

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Pluralistic: 25 Nov 2021

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Bait and Switch

Capitalism’s Shell Game: From Robert Bork to John Deere.

A con artist playing the shell game lifts a shell to reveal a dancing Rich Uncle Pennybags who has removed his face to reveal a grinning skull.

John Deere’s workers are done with their employer’s bullshit.

When the 10,000 workers who keep the world’s largest agribusiness monopoly humming walked off the job last month, it was historic. As one John Deere worker put it, “Everything John Deere did to increase its stock price is now a liability.” Deere’s workforce loyalty had been eroded by decades of reduced pay, reduced benefits and increased hours, all amid skyrocketing profits, stock prices, and executive compensation,.

As the day of the strike vote drew nearer, the company put on a charm offensive, painting its workers as greedy and lazy, unhappy with $60,000 a year.

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Pluralistic: 18 Oct 2021

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