Most people who worked in the factories lived in the factories which had little living space, lack of proper ventilation and lack of proper hygiene (Wikipedia). Due to the poor living conditions and overcrowding people were subject to health issues and death related from communicable diseases. Along with the poor living conditions, hunger and malnutrition were common during this time. Labor laws did not exist. Workers worked long hours without breaks and children were also subjected to these cruel working conditions as they were often put to work alongside their parents.
Then she moved from Florida and worked as a housekeeper. In her essay she brings out general problems such as stress in the work place, lack of proper benefits. She works various employment positions paying between $6 and $7 an hour while assessing her findings. Ehrenreich soon discovers that the lowest of occupations requires exhausting and strenuous efforts rewarded by a wage that barely covers living expenses and everyday expenditures. Works Cited Ehrenreich, Barbara.“Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.”
Norma Rae Case Study Zach Newcomb 9/27/11 “Leadership in Norma Rae” Just imagine working maximum hours for minimum wage while trying to support a family. This is the scenario for single mom Norma Rae Webster. Her occupation involves working in a southern cotton mill. The condition of the workplace is bad, respect of employees is lacking, to sum it up all the workers and Norma is underpaid and overworked. Norma Rae's parents also work at the mill and it takes a great toll on both of them mentally and physically.
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.
New industries, naval, and army bases were being built during the home front. Women played a huge role in this because if they didn’t stay home and take over for the men, they wouldn’t have the money to raise their families. “Only one in nine of the 45,000 women who signed up were selected for duty overseas” (Suite101) so a large percentage of women stayed back home. The National Selective Service controlled the women and men. They would only make the decisions for them “who could join up and who could not, where they could work, and when they could change jobs.” (Thecanadianencyclopedia) It was a tough life, but it was the only way to support their husbands when their off to war.
Comparison/Contrast July 21, 2013 Comparison/Contrast of “Serving in Florida” and “The Intelligence of the Waitress in Motion” The authors of “Serving in Florida” and “The Intelligence of the Waitress in Motion” compare and contrast the hardships of observing a blue collar worker and having a personal experience of working a blue collar job. Both authors assume that the reader knows about waitressing. Mike Rose the author of the essay “The Intelligence of the Waitress in Motion” tells a story about his hard working blue collar mother trying to support her family by waiting tables. Rose’s mother only knew the restaurant business and she knew it very well. Rose would observe how hard his mother worked day in and day out.
If you were single you got five shillings a week and seven and a half if you were married. It was good that the old were getting money but the money they received was not enough as it was below 2 shillings below the poverty line. The payments were received through the post office and on the first one the old ladies were crying outside saying “god bless that Lloyd George”. More people claimed the pensions as you got them at the post office which meant you were not classed as poor if you went to the post office unlike if you went to the workhouse. It cost a lot more then the government expected they thought it would cost 6.5 millions but it cost 8 million in the first year.
His mother suffers in a couple ways. She is in and out of jobs frequently and depends on her bosses to help her through life. Erick recalls that “she almost always [gives] the man her number if he [is] wearing a suit (Gilb 546). The mother is obviously in need of assistance and accepting help where she can find it. Based on research from About Families, single mothers of ethnic minority are least likely to gain financial assistance, and don’t receive much social support (About 15).
Being a mother at the age of fifteen was not an easy task but Daphne had no other choice. With a sometimes delightful, well paying, unrewarding job that got bills paid and food on the table. Daphne found out that a common disease amongst her family resided under her flesh. Breast cancer found her at an early age but it has not gotten the best of her. Throughout 38 years of living, being a single mother, working the same career for 17 years, and fighting breast cancer still has not strangled the liveliness from Daphne’s spirits.
Crozier feels strongly about revealing the faces -- and stories -- behind the statistics on poverty. "Some of them might be your neighbours, some of them relatives. But there's a whole group of people that are being terribly affected by poverty, and will be for the rest of their living days," she said. Crozier also read a passage from her memoir, Small Beneath the Sky, in which she looked back on learning to read. Because she hadn't attended kindergarten (which had to be paid for), she was behind in Grade 1, and didn't know how to read.