Skip to comments.I clean high school bathrooms, and my new $15/hour salary will change everything
Posted on 07/08/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT by dynachrome
Monday through Friday, my full-time job is cleaning restrooms at Van Nuys High School. But that work is not the hardest part of my life. The hardest part is saying goodbye to my 4-year-old son when he asks me not to go to work again. In order to make ends meet, I also work weekends and nights.
I know Im lucky to have a full-time job as a facility attendant in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ive done that for 10 years, and some days are better than others, but I like the work, and my co-workers are a supportive second family. We dont interact much with students, but those of us who do custodial work are eyes and ears for teachers and administrators. If I see a student needs help of any kind, I take pride in letting the right people know.
The one thing that hasnt been good about the job is the pay. When I started 10 years ago, I made $8.65 per hour; now I make $9.85 per hour. But I just learned thats going to change. SEIU Local 99, the union that represents me and more than 30,000 other school workers here, just negotiated a new contract that will raise my pay to $15 per hour by 2016.
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hmmmm just how much should we pay a person who does nothing but clean bathrooms.
How much would she pay someone to clean her bathroom?
Wait till that $15/hour wage goes through and she’s out of a job or her hours are cut. Can’t wait to hear the tune she sings then.
Between his church and the government job he has, he’s living in a nice little socialist utopia there.
That $15/hour salary is certainly going to change things a lot, for the half or more of the workers who will find themselves out of work.
Tax Eaters are the worst
I always wonder about people working these dead end jobs at a school. Do they ever put 2 and 2 together?
“But I just learned thats going to change. SEIU Local 99, the union that represents me and more than 30,000 other school workers here, just negotiated a new contract that will raise my pay to $15 per hour by 2016.”
The school just said “whatever” and passed the bill to the tax payers of the school district.
So you just picked the pockets of a bunch of working people so you can scrub toilets and clean up some kid’s puke for more than some people with college degrees are able to make.
Eventually you will run out of other people’s money and you will have more time to spend with your kid.
That zombie’s pathetic wages are a result of the fact that: a) The teachers union is sucking all of the oxygen out of the room in terms of compensation and b) the illegals that his/her union supports have driven the market value of his services even lower. There are lots of janitorial services that pay their employees better than this, do a better job, and don’t take dues out of their employees’ paychecks to boot.
Purely coincidental he is Hispanic, and Raul, no, no coincidence.
The union zombie won’t be happy for long. As soon as he finds out his rent, food, and utility bills just went up and re-adjusted for his hike in pay. They truly are clueless idiots aren’t? Hell I don’t even know why I say this. Hell the guy us probably a fictional character invented by the Obama administration as a PR stunt for raising wages so union dues can collect higher dues and the effects of Cloward Piven can keep encroaching...
I wonder if Raul will be as happy being laid off, because at $15.00 an hour his school district can only afford half as many janitors as before?
P.S. I started out cleaning bathrooms, too. I , however was not satisfied in doing that for the rest of my life and have worked to acheive more. Perhaps Raul should consider that.
So in TEN years this doofus didn’t try to better himself? He had 6 years before his child ws born and he didn’t take night classes or do anything to get a better job?
In 10 YEARS he couldn’t get promoted at a union job??
and this story was supposed to make us feel sorry for him?
Wages go up, dues go up. Net result?
It will change the amount of welfare he receives (it will go down), and it will change the cost of the things he buys, and if he's really unlucky he will experience REAL change.. the loss of his job.
In the end, he will be worse off than he was, mark my words.
Yea will be thrown in a higher tax bracket and will not see a change> This is about taxes and not wage!
The union zombie wont be happy for long. As soon as he finds out his rent, food, and utility bills just went up and re-adjusted for his hike in pay. They truly are clueless idiots arent they? Hell I dont even know why I respond to this crap. Hell the guy is probably a fictional character invented by the Obama administration as a PR stunt for raising wages so unions can collect higher dues and the effects of Cloward Piven can keep encroaching...
How about Raul gets some credit for working! Lots never get a job. Why should we be angry at Raul for doing a job and getting paid!
oh! and it will change his taxes! (they will go up)
The headline write calls a per hour rate a “salary”?
Money is not a problema.
If it is in the future, President Warren will decree federal bailouts for blue states.
They will cut the hours to make up the difference.
Non union janitors were making 10 to 15 dollars an hour at my high school back in the 80s.
Wait until those new ObamaCare premiums kick in
and union dues will go up and the union campaign contributions will increase and in a few years, the minimum wage will increase.
Its gonna raise costs in private sector businesses. Evidence, last weekend I bought 2 books for $20 4 years ago I could buy 3 for $20 and 6 years ago I could buy 4 books for $15
If I was a senior citizen on a fixed income, I’d be getting worried just about now...
Since the 2014 wage limit for Earned Income Credit for Raul appears to be 53 grand, I doubt he is paying ANY income tax at all and likely getting "free money" from Uncle Baraq.
So now instead of 20,000 a year with social services it will be 30,000 a year with reduced social services. Minus union dues and this person is SOL.
15 an hour from the SEIU? This is what killed America. Dem pol negotiates with SEIU and loots the treasury. Dues gets kicked back to election committee after the skim by union leadership. Workers get what they think is a good deal until it all goes bust and they are out of a job while the leaders vacation in Cabo.
I think the word for the SEIU is...parasite.
And you'll notice that Raul isn't being paid these bucks by a private-sector firm. No, it's a school district.
Nothing spends as easy as someone else's money.
Raul gets credit for working- it’s called a paycheck. It’s just unfortunate he supports policies that do more to harm the workforce in the long run due to ignorance. I’m glad he’s a net producer. I just wish he could see the harm those policies are eventually going to do to him and others.
a fool and his money.
Huey Long demanded every government worker paid a portion of their income to his reelection campaign. IOW tribute aka union dues.
Any government employee who did not give the kickback, they were fired.
This 15 dollar an hour is a joke. It will be eaten by inflation and “user fees”.
Hobby Lobby pays a minimum of $14 an hour with no union dues to pay.
So you just picked the pockets of a bunch of working people so you can scrub toilets and clean up some kids puke for more than some people with college degrees are able to make.”
No kidding. I do more work than this guy and I don’t even make $15 an hour, and depending on the weather I’m lucky to get 40 hours a week sometimes.
explain to raul those families which have just sent their kids across the border illegally are going to be mooching off his pay raise and TAKING his hard earned money just because Obama demands it.
How much does her husband make?
Otherwise, the important thing concerning this SEIU-negotiated raise is that it wasn't legislatively forced by the federal government. This is because the states have never delegated to Congress, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate intrastate labor.
So although the long-term effects of the raise on the school's budget were probably not well-planned or ignored, let's see what happens.
I love these sad stories. The Washington Post wants sad stories? Well, there’s about seven billion sad stories. And that’s not even counting the historical sad stories.
The market will figure out what your labor is worth. Any other way is discriminatory.
You want to make more money? Figure it out. Lots of people have. They just do it and don’t become a story in the Washington Post.
I can’t afford to pay out for every sad story a liberal encounters.
Do they ever put 2 and 2 together?
Not if they use common core math.......
I am all for gainful work. I really am.
But if this guy is griping about the same job, at the same pay, at the same place for 10 years he has failed himself. If he had any pride in himself or any motivation he coule have made so much more for himself. After 10 years at any job if you aren’t happy about it and don’t like the pay leave. If after 10 years at the same place you are still an entry level employee I have no sympathy.
This guy has followed the liberal line that he is a victim of circumstance and his only hope is to give up his ambition and control to some jerk he’s never heard of to run his life.
Did you see the article about the cities that raised their minimum wage and didn’t lose jobs? I only read the headlines but I’d bet they added up all the part time jobs and came up even-steven.
Or her gas, rent, McDonald’s and everything else goes up because those people now have to pay $15 per hour too. Then $15 won’t be enough any more than $9.85 is now.
get promoted at a union job??
Sorry but with union jobs it is seniority that counts, not ability. This person can get any other job and get better pay. Why don’t they apply? At least try!
Okay, that’s hilarious! :-)
>>P.S. I started out cleaning bathrooms, too. I , however was not satisfied in doing that for the rest of my life and have worked to acheive more. Perhaps Raul should consider that.<<
He probably doesn’t speak English.
I have always thought it the height of arrogance for an individual to emigrate to a foreign country and then not learn that countries language. If I moved to a foreign country I would do my best to learn their language. As I had discovered as a teenager in Europe in the 1980’s even if you don’t speak the local language well you get credit for trying.
The one good thing about working for a school district is that you can always promote to higher paying jobs by just taking the exams. Custodian I can go to Custodian II and on up to maintenance worker, landscaper, and painting.
I’ve seen people retire after being an Cafeteria Worker I for 30 years when there was plenty of tests for Cafeteria Worker II or cafeteria managers.
Her hours won’t be cut and she won’t be out of a job. Taxpayers are picking up the tab, so no need for any reduction in spending. No bottom line - just up the confiscation of taxpayer dollars.