Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits

Since the election, scores of activists have taken to the streets, town halls and rallies to blast President Trump. That’s all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity. At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called “Days of Action” a year. “They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them,” says CEO Adam Kleinberg. “Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it.” Kleinberg says while he’s liberal, Traction’s new policy is neutral: so long as it’s not a group that promotes violence, such as the Ku Klux Klan, his 50 employees can support whatever political group or cause they want. They must first get approval from management and submit a request for the time off. “If someone wanted to participate in a pro-life rally,” says Kleinberg, “they are absolutely welcome to do that. This is not about the partners at Traction promoting our agenda, it’s about having a broader view of democracy, and encouraging people to be engaged.” But in the famously left-leaning Bay Area, conservative activists don’t buy it. “They want, basically, a harder left turn than we’re seeing now,” says Howard Epstein, vice chair of communications for the San Francisco Republican Party. “And if you’re going political, you’re going to discourage some people from going to your place of business.” It is a risk: Consumers opposed to an official endorsement of protest culture might spend their money elsewhere. When news of Traction’s “Day of Action” benefit spread, Kleinberg was the target of a backlash and calls for a boycott. “Traction has been called everything from fascists, to socialists, to communists, to libtards, candya—s. I’m not quite sure what being a candya– is, but if being candya—s is what it takes for Traction to inspire change, we’re willing to own that.”

Crazy…  Now you know who those rabble rousers really are..  To read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

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