[Marxism] For many, a new job means lower wages

Dan DiMaggio dan.dimaggio at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 15:31:57 MDT 2010


After being out of work for more than a year, Donna Ings, 47, finally landed
a job in February as a home health aide, earning about $10 an hour, with a
company in Lexington, Mass.

Chelsea Nelson, 21, started two weeks ago as a waitress at a truck stop in
Mountainburg, Ark., making around $7 or $8 an hour, depending on tips,
ending a lengthy job search that took her young family to California and

Both are ostensibly economic success stories, people who were able to find
work in a difficult labor market. Ms. Ing’s employer, Home Instead Senior
Care, a company with franchises across the country, has been aggressively
expanding. Ms. Nelson’s restaurant, Silver Bridge Truck Stop, recently
reopened and hired about 20 people last month in an area thirsty for jobs.

Both women, however, took large pay cuts from their old jobs — Ms. Ing
worked in the office of a wholesale tuxedo distributor; Ms. Nelson used to
be a secretary. And both remain worried about how they will make ends meet
in the long run.

With the country focused on job growth and unemployment continuing to hover
above 9 percent, there has been comparatively little attention paid to the
quality of the jobs being created in this still-struggling economy and what
that might say about the opportunities that will be available to workers
when the tumult of the Great Recession finally settles. There are reasons,
however, for concern, even in the early stages of a tentative recovery that
now appears to be barely wheezing along.


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