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Who’s in the working class?

Posted: October 6, 2010 2:02 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Who is in the working class? I have asked the question over and over, and it seems that the words “working class” apply to those who are employed by others and work on an hourly basis and are most often union workers. 

Some obvious questions arose in my mind. We have the working class as opposed to the ???? class. I’m just wondering where all of the small-business owners who work 12 to 15 hours a day — seven days a week — fit in to that category.

What about the large-business owners who are on call 24-7 and are at work more than they are at home? What about the doctors and other professionals who are still at work long after the hourly employees have left for home? Could it be that the working class are those who take the risks and put everything on the line to create jobs for others?

Could it be those who work for these employers are the privileged class as they are paid and receive benefits without financial risk to themselves or their families? They are privileged to have unions and governments that protect their jobs and keep them from being exploited. Personally, I am very grateful for those hard-working employers who are willing to take those risks and make those sacrifices.

Of course, there are always exceptions. Some employees do not work as hard as others as do some employers. Given these exceptions, could we admit to ourselves that having a job is a privilege? Could it be that maintaining a business is very hard work?

So my conclusion is that the working class are the employers. The privileged class are the ones who are lucky enough to hold these jobs that were created for them.

Better yet, why assign a class to either the employers or the employees? It only encourages people and organizations to choose a side.

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