Corporate Power

How it looks today…

Corporations wield not only economic power over communities, but also legal powers, privileges, corporate formand “rights”. Such a status has relegated communities, like Spokane, to be at the will of corporate interests.

Those corporate legal powers have, quite functionally, transformed communities into being corporate property vs. being controlled, protected, and evolved democratically by the will of the people.

Recently, Seattle took the step to require employers to pay a minimum wage of $15 a hour. This wage would apply across the board (small and large employers) and be implemented over a number of years.

The City of Seattle was sued in March 2015 by the International Franchise Association who claims, among other things, that a staggered wage implementation – larger businesses would need to pay the $15 a hour rate faster than smaller businesses – violates those bigger corporation’s 14th Amendment right to equal protection. Because of the Supreme Court’s gross error some 130 years ago, corporations believe and behave in a manner that says they have greater “rights” than the people of Seattle.

What we know…

The expansion of so-called coroporate “rights” have relegated people, communities, and nature to not only being beneath or beholden to those “rights” but operate as or have become the defacto property of corporations. Backed by economic wealth and political power, corporations have not only managed to block expansion of the rightful rights of workers, but have used that might to rollback worker protections over the last 60 years.

Would it could be…

By adopting the Worker Bill of Rights the people of Spokane would be asserting that their right to secure and expand greater worker rights will not be subordinate to so-called corporate “rights”. A strong, viable, healthy economy is wanted and necessary for both workers and employers, but only if equity, justice, and fairness exists that recognizes greater worth for people over that of corporate property. A Worker Bill of Rights would fit the bill in having such a democracy no longer beholden to corporate control.