This entry has been changed since I can’t depersonalize it enough to guarantee maintenance of total anonymity, which is vital since I don’t get paid. So screw it.
It’s the mark of a worker-controlled company if that company will give a worker a leave of absence for the purpose of making him less dependent on the company. An owner-controlled company would have no qualms with denying that leave. Give you more control of your destiny? Be less dependent on the company for a livelihood? That’s absurd.
I’ll find out, maybe, whether Brand X Airlines is a company of the first sort when I apply for a leave of absence four or five years from now to go to nurse anesthetist school. I’ll find out whether Brand X considers me a person or a serf. That’ll be interesting to know.