Take the restaurant workers who line up for paychecks after twelve hours of work only to be told there's no money, or the nursing home aide who routinely works well into the night without extra pay, or the temp worker who packs food in an ice-cold warehouse without protective gear only to have the temp agency illegally deduct money from her wages every week.
Clearly, the authors never operated a business. Home health aids work one extra second without extra pay? I can rest assured you have no experience with them. I had them for years from various agencies. They won't stay one second extra.
As someone who owned a business in Hunts Point Market for many years, I can tell you that sending a worker into a walk-in refrigerator or freezer without an insulated coat is counter productive. Hands freeze, feet freeze, and they need thirty minutes to thaw out before working again. It's economics. But I am sure in a college classroom making up stories to position yourself as some sort of champion is OK. Perhaps the authors should find out who pays those wacky protesters from NYU at Union Square Park. They seem to lack the proper clothing for winter protests.
Sep 9 2009 - 12:03am