Stephanie Land's memoir reveals the intimacy and power of a housecleaner’s labor.
Some small good news for American low-wage workers: Walmart is increasing its wages at the low end. By April, no Walmart employee will make less than $9 an hour; a year from now it’ll be $10. The retailer is also moving to improve its scheduling practices, a source of worker complaints. Walmart’s decision is a voluntary one, made for business reasons.
In the movement to raise the minimum wage, fast food mega-corporations make the perfect villains. But they aren't the only low-wage employers.
Washington is finally talking about increasing the minimum wage. Such a move comes with costs, but the benefits are far greater.
Fast-food workers think they deserve $15 an hour. If it looks like they are overreaching, that's just because they're so woefully underpaid now.