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The Secret Life of the American Airport Worker
"I've spent the last six months investigating the lives of America's airport workers: the wheelchair pushers, the cabin cleaners, the baggage handlers, the people who will—instead of heading back to their own family members—assist ours as we travel this week. If you ask airport workers what they're doing for the holidays, or any holiday, they'll nearly always respond that they're working. What they never say is that they're doing so for almost nothing.

At first I thought of my reporting as a means of exploring the hidden juxtapositions of the airport industry: how these workers are the foundation of a billion-dollar industry on a "tipped worker" pay rate, how they handle Louis Vuitton bags and wipe urine off wheelchairs in the same breath. But then, in the process of conducting interviews across the country, I found that these men and women are in a low level of constant danger. This is not only because of their unsafe and deregulated working conditions, but also because, in the event of crisis, low-paid airport workers are often our first-first responders."
labor  airports  2014  work  us  economics  tips  tipping 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Chile: pagar por trabajar | AméricaEconomía - El sitio de los negocios globales de América Latina
"Vengo del supermercado LIDER (retailer chileno) y los universitarios que empaquetan las mercancías me dicen que deben pagar por ese trabajo. Así es. Ni más ni menos. Son CH$500 (casi un dólar) por cada turno de tres horas, una camisa por CH$5.000 (cerca de US$10) y el polerón de invierno que vale CH$10.000 (cerca de US$20).

El pago lo recibe Universitarios Everest, empresa externa subcontratada por los ejecutivos del supermercado LIDER, que se lava las manos frente a esta obscenidad. A cambio de esos pagos, los jóvenes empacadores reciben la caridad de los clientes, vale decir la propina voluntaria.

No conozco en el mundo otro país en que se pague por trabajar. Este es el extremo de la denominada flexibilidad laboral. Como no se ha podido eliminar el salario mínimo, ideal del neoliberalismo, el sistema ha encontrado subterfugios; en este caso, se aprovecha de la necesidad y fragilidad de los jóvenes pobres para minimizar el costo del trabajo."
economics  work  labor  chile  absurdity  "universitarios"  lider  supermarkets  gratuities  tipping  paytowork  alwaysfoundthistobestrange  2010 
december 2010 by robertogreco

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