More US Employers Are Trapping Workers in a New Form of Indentured Servitude

Truthout has the article More US Employers Are Trapping Workers in a New Form of Indentured Servitude.

Bosses in industries such as retail, health care and logistics are reverting to an old tactic and trapping people in miserable jobs by threatening to saddle them with debt if they quit. Workers across the United States in fields ranging from nursing to trucking have been discouraged from leaving jobs they hate or can’t afford to keep because employers vow to charge them for training costs if they quit before an arbitrary deadline.

When I started my career, most corporations paid employee’s tuition in part-time graduate school. People were free to change jobs, but I figured that corporations saw this as a contribution to the education of the work force that all corporations made. If the corporation that sponsored a particular employee didn’t get to keep that employee, then they could replace the employee with one whose education had been sponsored by another corporation. Eventually some vulture capitalists realized that they didn’t have to pay for this education if some other sucker corporation was around to pay for it.

That old system could not survive as more corporations decided to let someone else pay for that education. As a society, we have to decide how we are going to pay for what the society needs.

As long as capitalists determine they can get a free ride on the services the society provides, then the situation will just deteriorate further.

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