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  •  "Deserve to have lunch" (0+ / 0-)

    I don't understand that comment.

    If I read the article correctly, she took her lunch break to run an errand.

    How do you prevent that?
    Why would you prevent that?

    Seems to me that workers should have the freedom to use their own time as they see fit -- including the abilityt to take care of personal errands.

    The more salient comment from the story is this:

    “I’m making the minimum wage plus 50 cents,” notes Ms. Simon. “I definitely can find another job.”
    That's the sound of somebody understanding that she has more power than she realized.  At minimum wage, an employer's hold on you becomes weak because there are other minimum wage jobs.  If enough workers refuse to be mistreated, employers will have little choice: stop mistreating the workers or lose money because you can't staff your business.

    Unions help.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:07:48 AM PDT

    •  Pretty sure something else was meant (2+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac, happymisanthropy

      MetroCards can be purchased at lots of times. I think what the author was trying to say is that because she needed to pay for her MetroCard, she didn't have money to eat lunch that week. (I strongly suspect the employees only get a 30-minute lunch break, and probably can't bring in outside food.)

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