Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ND workers always behind the Joneses

First of all, thank you Mr. Easley for your “Words of Wisdom” (Feb. 18), but I would have expected a little more wisdom and a little less ignorance from a student that comes into contact with building and food service employees every day. Allow me to explain a few things about life you may have missed.

1. Life is hard. For many people, higher education is not a possibility. Everyone has been dealt a different hand in life and not everyone is as fortunate to go to Notre Dame as you. Fact.

2. You say most people have a spouse or family member to help support them when times “get hard,” but what you fail to see is when you’re making almost $4 under the living wage, times are always hard.

3. You also say someone working for a place for more than a decade should make “a bit more than $9”? Only a bit? It would only be fair that someone who has worked at a place for more than a decade would receive a substantial pay increase after a decade of service than when they first started.
4. Yes, we live in a free society, but let me tell you something: There is a lot more freedom for some than there is for others. Working more than one job per day puts physical, emotional and familial strains on people. In this economy, most people cannot afford to quit their jobs simply because it is not their passion. I’m sure it is no one’s passion to clean Mark Easley’s hair off the shower wall, but sure enough, Mark, I’m sure your Keenan Hall shower is clean when you need to use it.

5.  Night school and community college cost a lot of money. Sure, they don’t cost as much as a Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame education, but when you are already making almost $4 under the living wage, you're not thinking about saving for a night school education, you think about what food you are going to put on the table for your family. Getting paid a fair wage is not taking a handout from the University, it is getting paid fairly for a fair day’s work.

6. Some people do enjoy their work and believe they do their work at a fair wage. These are the people that are making a fair, living wage for the job they perform.

The building and food service employees make our lives easier every day. Providing them with a living wage would be the least we could do to show our gratitude for the hard work they do.

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ShamRockNRoll said...

Great post, Colleen! Someone needed to set that Mark Easley character straight. His viewpoint reeked of ignorance to an embarrassing degree.

Jason said...

Heyy good job Colleen.

ShamRockNRoll said...

Bahhhh! Jason!!!

John said...

Great post, I wanted to respond to this really bad but there's a no-viewpoint policy for Observer staffers. This guy is ridiculous.

Sarah Furman said...

Yes, yes, yes! Thank you! Hop on board the CLAP train immediately!!

ShamRockNRoll said...

Lol, before using the phrase "hop on board the CLAP train" you might want to specify that you're referring to the Campus Labor Action Project, and not inviting everyone to contract an STD.

Humveez said...

No dibs on the STD, haha. I like that graphic you guys made. It basically tells me that Notre Dame doesn't want people to have children. It's fine though, because ND service workers probably don't send their kids to ND anyway.

Tim Ryan said...

Oh Mark Easley, you live two doors down from me, yet you have still not learned how to not be a sanctimonious little prick.

Great response, Colleen.

Andrea Watts said...

You go girl! :)

great first post Colleen

Colleen Lowry said...

Thanks Andrea!

Tim, we should toilet paper his room.

Tim Ryan said...

Colleen, I'm down. Name the time.