However as good as all of that sounds, once again do not judge a book by its’ cover. A housekeeper working for UPMC and making $12.07 an hour claims some workers could not even afford college or to add money to the plans. The union’s campaign is to be seen as making incredible strides in helping their workers break the cycle of poverty and join the middle class. S.E.I.U. is backed by Pittsburgh’s mayor Bill Peduto, and the people of Pittsburgh.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Tells how Barbara Ehrenreich, takes on an experiment to change the way America perceives its working poor. In her experiment she tries to discover whether she can support a basic life style from earning minimum wage. She starts off in a familiar place to her, Key West, Florida. First, she finds somewhere to live that her rent is around $500 she couldn’t find anything in Key West, so she looked for something cheaper and in return for cheaper rent she had to drive thirty miles up the two-lane road. Then she went to find a job, she began the tour of the local hotels and supermarkets, all of them let her fill out the applications.
Poverty Project The article “Studying the Quagmire of Welfare Reform” by Sharon Hays, is relevant to the poverty project in many ways. Firstly, in this article, Sharon Hays examined the experience of women in welfare reform, by visiting welfare offices and home of families in welfare. He did this, to know how families on welfare are able to get by with $350 check every month and also what exactly the Governments are doing to help these families to be off Governments dependence. In this project, we discussed about a single mother of two who worked at a daycare center and her hourly wage is $6.55. With this hourly wage, it is still not enough since she does not get health care coverage from her employer; she cannot afford her rent on her
It is approximately a million dollars for health service. As for that, Sade declared “American prisons are in deep trouble: they are overpopulated, understaffed, and underfunded.” If the prisons ran out of the money, they could not come up with the money and no opportunities. In that circumstance, prisons would have to say no to the
Ann Crittenden’s “The Mommy Tax” claims the ideal worker is one who is free to focus solely on his job. This is a problem for women, who ponder the idea of having children and for those who already have children. Because a woman has the capability of having a child, she already poses a threat to an ideal worker. Crittenden also presents a study that focuses on the gender difference in time taken off from work. Former women University of Michigan Law students were found to have taken an average of 3.3 months of leave plus 10.1 months of part-time work during their first 15 years.
There are young twenty something year old woman working in maquiladoras or factories assembling these electronics for more or less $5.00 a day. How can the government and the president of these countries that are assembling as well as importing and distributing these goods allow these measly wages? The answer is simple it is a win-win situation for both sides. Both governments and or corporations are making the money they want; they don’t care about the employees and the conditions under which they work. Much less do they care about mass murders spanning well over ten years in the vicinity of one town.
Poor Forever can be found in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek on page 50 – 55. It was published in the July 9 2012 issue. I also referenced the speech of Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers Alan B. Krueger The Rise and Consequences of Inequality in the United States that was presented on January 12, 2012. Lazarus 29 year old mother single mother of two is determined to escape a life of poverty. She has decided to go to college, and to move in a better neighbor.
Should public assistance such as food stamps and welfare, be discontinued as it is harmful to our economy? This is a question but yet still a political concern I frequently ask myself. Why should public assistance subside when they are many people in need of it? I know of many single mothers who works over forty hours in a week just to make ends meet for her kids and to pay her bills and who still gets public assistance such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as many of us know it as food stamps and many other government help. These are hard working women who in fact, not only work overtime but are also an active supporter towards their kid’s education and extracurricular activities.
The industrial revolution had profound effects on American women, because as production shifted from homes to factories, it shifted away from women doing the producing. This led to the “cult of domesticity.” The cult of domesticity decreed that a woman’s place was in the home, so rather than making things the job of women was to enable their husbands to make things, by providing food and a clean living space, but also by providing love, friendship, and mutual obligation. Only very low paying work was available to them and in most states they couldn’t control their own wages it they were married. But, still poor women did find work in factories, as maids, or seamstresses. Some middle class women found work as teachers, which was disreputable
American feminist and author Barbara Ehrenreich journeys into the lives of the working poor - in her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America. She attempts to rationalize how members of the working poor are able to survive, or even prosper with living wages of six to seven dollars an hour. So, “in the spirit of science” (Ehrenreich, p. 9) Ehrenreich decides to plunge into the depths of the American stratification system, but not without some hesitation! Parameters & rules are set to fully experience the lifestyle and living conditions of her new class. She can not fall back on her education or skills from her current job, must take the highest paying job and try to hold it, and find the cheapest accommodations available.