Even if pay secrecy comes with good intentions, this is its unintended effect: It tells workers that their bosses have something to hide, or that they don’t have the right to get a second opinion on whether they are being treated fairly. As Craig Becker told me, “Workers can only improve their situation when they can understand their working conditions.” Deciding whether a pay scale is fair cannot be left up to the employer alone.
In both workplaces, my bosses were breaking the law. Under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), all workers have the right to engage “concerted activity for mutual aid or protection” and “organize a union to negotiate with [their] employer concerning [their] wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.”
GIANCARLO GONZALEZ It can be argued that Gonzalez was the most impressive MLS player at the World Cup, and after playing a pivotal role in Costa Rica’s inspiring run to the quarterfinals, there are certain to be offers for the 26-year-old central defender. The difference between Gonzalez and the other players on this list, aside from being the lone non-U.S. player, is that Gonzalez just joined the Crew this past winter. Columbus may not be in a hurry to part with a player who has so clearly been a blockbuster addition. That being said, Columbus is in dire need of attacking help, and the right-sized transfer offer might make coach Gregg Berhalter consider a move if it means helping revamp need areas on the squad.
But the next time you’re tempted to invest a lot in the Rumpelstiltskin Gambit, remember: However earnestly you believe that a grain of sand is still a heap, it’s the court’s opinion that counts.
Whether or not a legal case can be made against Mandel, a picture has emerged of a politician who’s all about money and naked ambition. The suburban Cleveland native jumped from small-town councilman to state treasurer in four years, and less than six months into his four-year term as treasurer he was already raising money to run for the U.S. Senate.