Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Companies and their low-wage employees

Yesterday, at a meeting about healthcare benefits for low-wage workers in Los Angeles, we learned that companies keep raising the costs, driving low-wage earners to choose between rent and benefits; most choose rent, thus, freeing the company from healthcare costs, adding more to their bottom line. 

At Sky Chef (airline food, and all those fresh-packaged salads and sandwiches at Whole Foods and Trader Joes), a 20-year employee is making $10 an hour, and pays $400 a month for healthcare. As far as I'm concerned, this is criminal! Companies quickly fire anyone who complains, or attempts to organize, so most folks, desperate to keep a job, just shut up and struggle. This is not the America I love! Nor the America any of us want!

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