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    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 1 points ago in pics

    In Miami, where janitorial wages are among the lowest in the nation, the weekend news of a duct-taped banana selling for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami didn't go over well. In fact, to janitor Felipa Cardenas, it was almost obscene.

    "How much are we worth? A banana is worth more than us, apparently," says Cardenas, who earns $8.46 an hour cleaning a luxury office building in downtown Miami. "Our work is something people don't value; they look at us like we're nothing. But it's a job with dignity, and it's tough work. We deserve better payment."

    For Cardenas, who had to finish a morning cleaning shift before joining the protest, the choice to march wasn't much choice at all. Cardenas says her salary isn't enough to cover her rent or utility bills, never mind Christmas presents for her grandchildren. She's not alone in her struggles.

    Nearly 60 percent of subcontracted janitors in the Miami area live near or below the federal poverty level, and roughly 70 percent of them spend more than a third of their paychecks on rent, according to a recent report from the University of California-Los Angeles' Center for Neighborhood Knowledge.

    "The platanito protest is to illustrate the absurdity of someone spending tens of thousands on a banana taped to a wall in a city where janitors earn so little they can't afford to feed their families," Tinsly says. "Miami should not be a playground for the rich; it should be a place where all residents can earn a decent living and raise their families."

    https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/art-basel-banana-becomes-protest-symbol-for-miami-janitors-11327734

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 1 points ago in pics

    Because the employer is ultimately dependent on the worker. That is what unions know when they strike.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 1 points ago in pics

    You just answered your own question, the minimum wage. That's the law not the market.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 1 points ago in pics

    Lol TIL poverty wages aren't a thing, and Walmart is actually a great employer. And there's a rainbow over me right now, too. You know Walmart already has million-dollar lobbyists working for them around the clock, you don't need to do their work for free.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 5 points ago in pics

    The fuck does this have to do with free money from the government? Workers have to fight their employer for every concession, nothing is for free.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 5 points ago in pics

    Walmart pays its employees poverty wages and makes the government subsidize their welfare, that is a perfect example of employers underpaying their workers.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 6 points ago in pics

    Pretty sure employers set wages based on what's best for them not what's fair according to a magical skill point system.

    [–] Janitors in Miami protest low wages, banana style. EssoEssex 4 points ago in pics

    What if, hear this, the janitor and carpenter were friends and both wanted each other to have a good living.

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