While the Tea Baggers are busy off rallying for their causes, the Populist Party has come up with what they believe is a more effective way to get the attention of big corporate interests to pay attention to just how unhappy and underpaid their workers are. It's called the National Stay Home from Work Day Boycott and it's scheduled to happen on September 3, 2010.
Basically, what this will do if enough workers decide to join the ranks, regardless of their political affiliation, is to show the corporations how little can be accomplished when the minions are not at work making everything run smoothly, which, in turn, makes the companies boatloads of money.
Imagine if you will corporate Presidents and CEOs forced to make their own coffee and run their own copies. As much of a temptation it would be to show up for work just to watch them try and fix a paper jam in the copier or, God forbid, change the toner, the fact that you just know there are scores of corporate executives on that day wearing white shirts totally covered in black toner will make for a very enjoyable day off of work.
While not everyone can afford to take the day off, such as day laborers who need every penny they can earn, if a significant number of workers do decide to get the 'minion flu' it could just send a message loud and clear that unless we see an increase in our salaries that are more in line with the type of work we do, we may just get sick a whole lot more often. But for now, one day can make all the difference in the world.
Interestingly, National Stay Home from Work Day coincides with National Treat Yourself to a Leisurely Lunch day. It might be fun to head on over to your bosses' favorite lunch spots and watch from a distance as they try and order for themselves for a change. Just a thought.