Jack Saturday

Monday, May 23, 2011

Anti Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 668-669

It has been reported that Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s defense might be that any encounter was consensual — that, in effect, “she asked for it.” During my time managing, the only thing a housekeeper ever asked me for was to leave early, or have Christmas off (both of which I had to deny — as I said, the housekeeper’s is the hardest job in the hotel). All she wants to do is finish up her work and go home to her family.
Behind Closed, Sequentially Numbered Doors
New York Times
Published: May 22, 2011

On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some context, that's more jobs created by one company in a single day than the net job creation of the entire U.S. economy in 2009. And if that boggles the mind, consider how many workers applied to local McDonald's franchises that day and left empty-handed: 938,000 of them. With a 6.2% acceptance rate in its spring hiring blitz, McDonald’s was more selective than the Princeton, Stanford, or Yale University admission offices.
How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
The Hollowing Out of the Middle Class
By Andy Kroll


  • Clearly you've mis-managed the hotels at which you've been employed.

    Admitting its dangerous for hotel maids, employed for 10 years managing, and everyday putting women at the mercy of nude Canadian men jumping out of bathrooms...

    shame on your self serving dish of self loathing.

    grow up and take responsibility.

    By Anonymous laurent, at 11:33 AM  

  • Hi Laurent--
    I assume you are excoriating Jacob Tomsky for his job, which was among other things to dispatch housekeepers to clean rooms. I agree, though many people keep bad jobs not just as self-serving, but to feed their families. That is the same motivation as the women who apply for housekeeping jobs. Two examples of lousy jobs, though the women of course get lousy pay to go with it. At least Tomsky published for the world to read some modicum of sympathy for the tired women, and his knowledge of them, dismissing Strauss-Kahn’s defenders' nonsense about "consent" or "she asked for it."

    I'm curious why you said "Canadian men," not that Canada is without its slimeballs.

    The threat of the streets keeps many in jobs that compromise conscience and safety. The job system is an unnecessary systemic and rather torturous device for social control.

    If I read your comment wrong, please clarify.

    By the way, since Strauss-Kahn can come up with a million in bail, I think at least that as monetary settlement for the houseeper is in order, perhaps to be matched by the hotel. But that's aside from my axe to grind, which is the promotion of a Guaranteed Livable Income For All. Then no man would feel compelled by the "lash of need" to give unpleasant orders, and no woman would have to take them, or face Canadian, French, or any other creeps in hotel rooms.

    As for growing up and taking responsibiity, I think we need to do so as a society at large, and stop, for instance, voting in patriarchal, top down exploiters and enablers.

    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 2:28 PM  

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