This morning I have been posting stories about part time low wage workers on my facebook page. These stories tell about the 42 million workers who rely upon food stamps to make ends meet. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is going to do a public experiment living on food stamps to demonstrate how difficult it is to survive. This comes years after the famous book Nickel and Dimed that demonstrated the same thing.
There was a story on Huffington Post about a Wal-Mart employee with 8 years with the company who staged a walkout. Working at one of the most profitable businesses in the world and being held to part time wages. It was more than she could bear. She has a husband who makes good money so she could afford to take this risky step. She received a warning from the police about “trespassing.”
When you’re being held to part time you develop a bitterness in your stomach. Even if you fight and win an increase in your hourly rate, you won’t get paid time off, holidary pay or health benefits. You will not get company life insurance. Where I work almost all of us are full time. And we enjoy lots of other benefits. Everyone has a car. The directors gave everyone a raise shortly after I started. And the company is generous about paying for conferences. I did find that I needed to get an additional part time job and I do rely on veterans health care. But I have a much easier time than when all that was available was 20 to 30 hours per week. I have much more predictability in my life. With predictability come stability. The difference between part time and full time in my case is several hundred dollars per month. It’s a matter of life and death. That is why I am thankful for this holiday season.
- Bitter Workers, Crappy Wages – Always! (spiffysean.com)