No I didn't miss the power imbalance. There is a power imbalance in all human dealings. But you seem to believe that the worker is always at the mercy of the business manager.What??? People want to spend as little as they can to get as much as they can. So managers being people, you are right.So the person gets $0/hr rather than $12/hr. Somehow I think the $12/hr is better.If a job can't generate enough revinue to pay someone a reasonable rate, the firm should reconsider its business plan. Of course it's not that simple, some menial jobs can be allocated to juniors on commensurate rates. Janitorial work may generate no revenue, yet cleaning is essential work, therefore the business, being otherwise profitable wears the cost. Just a part of running a business.
Killing bad jobs doesn't magically make good jobs appear. If good jobs exist the bad jobs will die a natural death anyway, no need to do anything to get rid of them.
It's a matter of a power imbalance between management and workers and not good or bad jobs, or killing jobs.
Managers are motivated to keep running costs down, which means paying the minimum. Without protection for vulnerable workers, a race to the bottom.
If you need to buy a new car and you find the model you want for two thousand dollars less at one dealership than another one, which dealer are you going to buy from? Do you feel that you should make the dealer with the lowest price take another two thousand dollars because it just wouldn't fair not to? After all, the dealer has financial responsibilities for his family.
On the other hand, workers want to get payed as much as they can get. Should they voluntarily ask for less because to accept more would mean someone else would have to do without?
You missed the bit about a power imbalance between individual workers and employers.....where there is virtually no negotiating pay rates in some sectors, this is our rate, take it or leave it.
Which is the reason why unions were formed in the first place - collective bargaining increases negotiating power - and progressive nations set a minimum wage.
I didn't say the worker is ''always at the mercy of the business manager'' - I said that there is a power imbalance between an individual worker and business manager.
That imbalance can shift if the business is short of workers and has trouble attracting applicants.....at which point the pay rate offered goes up.
But that wasn't the point.
Not so. A worker that feels that they are so valuable to the business because of their great qualifications that they deserve a higher wage can negotiate with the company for their wage. They also are free to leave (and can use that as bargaining leverage) and offer their expertise to another company that recognizes their talent, leaving the first business to suffer the loss of his talent.
I wasn't talking about employees with highly marketable skills who are in demand and are offered attractive salaries.
And labor unions do not always benefit the worker. My older brother was a staunch union man working for the old Eastern Airlines. The airline was in financial problems and the Union decided to strike for wages. This bankrupted the airline and he had to find a grunt job pulling wire for a contracting company for one third the salary he had been making... still a union job though. Thousands of old Eastern Airlines employees ended up in the same boat.
There are exceptions to practically everything. Unions can go overboard. Employers can be extremely exploitative,unsafe work practices, poor wages, etc.