A recent internal investigation by Apple Computer into the labor practices by one of its suppliers discovered that many of its employees in foreign domiciles were working “excessive hours” — 60+ hours per week.
Unsurprisingly, unionists and their allies have raised quite the bugaboo surrounding these “sweatshop” hours.
However, Big Labor practices a double-standard in renouncing these “slave-like” hours. For instance, individuals entering into the following professions can endure “excessive hours” as well: lawyers, doctors, accountants, teachers, and stock brokers.
Recent graduates or those trying to make partner typically work more than 60 hours a week for years on end. In fact, doctors alone have to face 3-5 years of 80+ hour work weeks during their apprenticeship stage called Residency. And what about all the high school teachers that teach from 8-4 and are active advisors in extracurricular activities (athletics, music, and a plethora of other clubs)?
Could it be that because these are State licensed professions the State-enfranchised Union movement suffers momentary amnesia, and refrains from biting the hand that feeds it?