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Employment: Investors & Workers
A long-standing issue in business ethics is the rights of investors versus the rights of workers. The excerpt below reflects this conflict in the timber industry.

Image of a logger cutting a tree.At issue for northern forestry regions are both material outcomes and matters of principles and rights. Both investors and workers benefited from the long postwar [World War II] boom. Investors can use their profits to gain a foothold in the new industry elsewhere. Workers tend to be geographically immobile and in any event do not have the capacity to take advantages of moves to southern climates. Investors are not generally embedded in rural communities; workers are. In the market economy, there are few obligations for investors when an industry from which they have profited is in decline. The costs of unemployment and a much eroded welfare system are borne largely by workers. The bargaining positions are thus uneven: if workers reject the "flexing" of their work, they may lose everything. Marchak, M. P. (1995). Logging the globe. Montreal & Kingston, Jamaica: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 13-14. Photo: Courtesy of Dr. David L. Adams, Professor of Forest Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

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