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Unions in TPEE

February 21, 2017

Article 2. Power Belongs To The People

All power in the Immortocracy belongs to the people.

Unions and the local people's caucus at various levels are the organs through which the people input ideas to the various TOILs.

The people administer state affairs and manage economic, cultural and social affairs through various channels and in various ways in accordance with the law.

Article 17. Education

The People's Elysian Existence undertakes and funds the development of immortalist education and works to raise the scientific and cultural level of the whole nation.

The People's Elysian Existence establishes and administers schools of various types, universalizes compulsory primary and secondary education and promotes secondary, vocational and higher education as well as pre-school education.

The People's Elysian Existence develops educational facilities in order to eliminate illiteracy and provide scientific, technical and professional education as well as general education for workers, prisoners, the People's Elysian Existence functionaries and other working people. It encourages people to become educated through computer based and other types of independent study.

The People's Elysian Existence encourages the collective economic organizations, Unions, Co-op enterprises and institutions and other sectors of society to establish educational institutions of various types in accordance with the law.

The People's Elysian Existence promotes the development of natural and social sciences, disseminates knowledge of science and technology, and commends and rewards

achievements in scientific research as well as technological innovations and inventions.

Article 32. Right And Duty To Work

Citizens of The People's Elysian Existence have the right as well as the duty to work. Through various channels, The People's Elysian Existence creates conditions for employment in partnership with Collectives, Unions, Co-ops, and private employers and enhances occupational safety and health, improves working conditions and, on the basis of performance, increases remuneration for work and welfare benefits.

Work, at a livable wage, is required of every able-bodied citizen, over the age of 25 years, except those caring for minor children or caring for a sick person in the home or treatment facility. No person under the age of 16 is allowed to work full-time outside of the home or leased land of their parents. All working people in State-owned enterprises and in urban and rural economic collectives or co-ops should perform their tasks with an attitude consonant with their status as responsible immortals. The People's Elysian Existence encourages citizens to take part in voluntary labor. The People's Elysian Existence provides necessary vocational training for citizens before they are employed. Work is a matter of choice of what is available and the training requirements. Self-employment is allowed, upon approval, for work in certain trades, art, music, handicrafts, media and science. Every employer or member of an employee owned enterprise is responsible for worker safety, health and fitness.

Article 59. Unions

The People's Elysian Existence encourages the formation of skilled trade unions. Unions are formed to give experience based education and provide performance based accreditation to workers. Unions set standards for skilled workers to achieve to serve the needs of the state. Unions are not allowed to interfere in the governing or economics and may not infringe upon the interests of immortalist society, or upon the lawful freedoms and rights of other citizens. Unions are encouraged to improve the efficiency and safety standards of The People's Elysian Existence.

How it should work

Four Articles of The People’s Elysian Existence (TPEE) constitution refer directly to unions. A union is a group of skilled workers in almost any specialized field. Members could be in the building trades, retail associates, factory workers, education, technical fields, government, agriculture or any other similar group.

Unlike other known labor unions throughout the world, unions in the TPEE are not established to represent workers to management or ownership. They are also not able to engage in collective bargaining or striking. Article 59 is quite clear in this regard.

Unions in the TPEE are established and exist for positive purposes. As stated in Article 32 unions are formed to “enhances occupational safety and health, improves working conditions and, on the basis of performance, increases remuneration for work and welfare benefits.” Article 2 of the TPEE gives unions the responsibility and the right to address the appropriate branch of the Tree Of Immortal Living (TOIL) with their ideas of how the TPEE should operate in regard to their respective membership and purpose. The respective branch of the TOIL must consider and act upon their input. Unions cannot be ignored or suppressed by the members of the TOIL branch.

Article 17 sets out a mandate to unions to create educational institutions and training opportunities for its members with the funded assistance of the TPEE.

Article 59 which is specific to just unions, affirms the support of unions by the TPEE. Spells out the vital roll of the unions in the operation of the TPEE. In addition, it gives the unions the responsibility to govern and train its members. Promote, set performance and safety standards for workers, evaluate members based on skill levels obtained, provide a growth path to economic prosperity by establishing wage levels based on experience and education.

How it works for the worker/member is straight forward. Starting out, say as a skilled tradesperson, a person would attend a union run class of a general nature. This class would provide general occupational safety knowledge; such was the use of fire extinguishes, safety shoes, hearing protection, first aid, environmental hazards and other similar items common to almost any working environment. An appropriate certification on a union maintained record is a result needed before joining the workforce. Then a worker can join a training program to start an apprenticeship at the minimum livable wage. After a union prescribed work experience, study, testing and performance review, the worker is promoted to journeyman and his or her’s pay is doubled plus other benefits. As the person’s career progresses to master status per union guidelines it becomes three times the livable wage and so on.

Journeymen train apprentices, masters supervise journeymen and masters become union leadership and /or innovators. There are no union dues because of the financial support of TPEE. All labor used by the TPEE is union labor. The quality of the labor becomes first rate and the safety of the workforce is paramount. Co-Ops and Collectives manage completed projects by Union workers using union workers.

As an example, several unions of different trades build a factory financed and operated by a collective that produces farm equipment. The farm equipment is purchased by a farmer’s Co-op for use by several farmers in one or more collectives. The collective hires and trains union workers to operate the equipment when needed. The produce is picked, processed, and transported to market using union members. The collective sells the produce, pays the workers and the profit is shared among the members of the collective. Another collective resells the produce using union workers and distributes the profit among the members of the collective. It is possible union members are also members of the collective since all businesses in the TPEE are employee owned. ​