Monday, September 24, 2007
This video is the inspiring story, told by the women themselves, of their struggle to get paid for work they are eager to do. That's right -- it is about a struggle simply to get paid. The labor market is that tough if you are an immigrant and work for a politically connected corporation that treats you as expendable.
It also points to the limitations of local living wage electoral campaigns. We can almost always win them: people who want to pay minimum wage are a tiny fraction of voters, while people who know they couldn't live on minimum wage are most everybody in the politically engaged class. But so long as so many low-wage workers are undocumented, employers can do what they want to far too many of them. If people are going ot work here, they need legal protections and a real chance to form unions.
The video comes via EBASE, advocates who have carried these Woodfin Suites workers' fight into the local community.