Posted On: Thursday - September 24th 2020 8:17PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  Feminism  Economics
(Continued from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.)
In this post, part of the ongoing fisking of the article unintentionally most damning of feminism I've every read (so far), we will finally leave behind the sob story of Mrs. Ellu Nassar. (I believe she's the woman in the article's "cover" photo shown at the top again.) Good riddance! Now, we will ridicule the portion of the article that discusses the women working in the lower levels of the economy.
Those jobs at risk are anticipated to be in fields vulnerable to social distancing, positions like the one Cristina Aguirre Sevillano has held since she emigrated from Cuba a decade ago.My advice for Mrs. Aguirre is two-fold: Learn how to hijack an airplane (there are books at the library, hopefully in Spanish), and learn the following phrase: "We are going to Habana, Cooba!"
Aguirre, a housekeeper at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel, is already in a tenuous position: She was laid off from her full-time job in March, but when the resort reopened in June, limited work resumed. She’s been called back just a handful of times. Unemployment insurance has been predictably unreliable in one of the states worst at administering it. And even the job she took sorting fruit at a warehouse in Miami to patch together some work over the spring turned out to be a mistake.
Furthermore, I wonder who are those administrators of the predictably unreliable unemployment insurance in South Florida. Could they be ... I dunno,
On her seventh day sorting through crates, she went home with a fever. She couldn’t breathe well. That time, it was coronavirus incarnate that cost her a job.Ahhh, crap. On the 7th day too - she should have been resting from the get-go, you know, being one of those religious, family-values immigrants and all. I do wonder how many hotel rooms Mrs. Aguirre infected with the Kung Flu before she went home? I hear tell that virus stays on bed sheets and TV remote controls for weeks, if not decades.
Aguirre, 50, recovered, but “this has been the worst year we’ve had to endure,” she said. Her 23-year-old daughter, who lives with her, has also been laid off from a hotel job, and her husband is home recovering from a workplace injury. “I had never experienced something like this in the little time I’ve been in this country.”Yeah, that sucks. 2 words: Go home. All three of ya'. (OK, that's more like 6, sorry.)
She’s now wrestling with the idea that her reliable job, the one she clung to for 10 years while her pay inched up to $15.17 an hour — good by Florida standards — could suddenly go away completely. It’s a terrifying prospect for any low-wage worker, but particularly an immigrant.Why is it more terrifying? Are they here illegally, living in those shadows and all?
“My English isn’t good,” she said in Spanish, implying her true question: Who would take her at even remotely the same pay?Ten years here, and no Anglaise. She can't even say "my English not so good" in English. I wouldn't take her, period, even at that low, low 54 cents on the dolla.
As workers exit the labor force, skills will depreciate. Finding a job at the same level will become harder the longer they’re out of work. And because women will be most likely to be jobless, the gender pay gap will grow while overall wage growth will stall, said Gad Levanon, head of the labor market institute at the Conference Board, a nonprofit research group.Whoa, wait a minute. You're counting the jobless women in your average of women's pay? Do you do the same for men? Many of them must work to support a family, not just to pay for that extra pickup truck with the king cab and duellies.
Employers will have their pick of employees, and that will bring salaries down. Low-wage workers feel that drop most intensely.Supply & Demand. She gets it. She just doesn't want to talk about the immigration factor in this.
Women make up nearly two-thirds of the 40 lowest paid jobs.Maybe women should go get some technical skills to go get one of those jobs not in American's Bottom 40.
I suppose this installment was more about the effects of the immigration invasion on employment, which is the case for EVERYBODY, not just women, than about the feminism. We'll remedy that in the next post in the series.