reply to post by Flatfish
I worked in the US up until 5 years ago. I worked here as a waiter for 4 years. An opened my little cafe using all my savings and a little help from
I love my job, though you don’t get to see you kids except for once a week like you were divorced or something, you don’t get any holidays the
other industries get, you have to work overtime almost every other day with no extra pay for it, ect....
That said, we HAVE jobs. While everyone else is looking for a job that is not "below" them, we are working feeding our families. I have met MANY
people whom I offered a job to when I could have them, or let them know of jobs as I found them, which told me they couldn’t be a waiter....GOD
FORBID someone they know sees them, or my favorite....I am not a people person....
oh and the poster before you saying that unions are good guys.....no, just no. They might do some good for an individual worker here or there, but
take for example this strike. They have ignored us in the hospitality industry because we don’t get half as much financial help from the state, so
there is not as much money to ask for under the table, also union representatives don’t like to work as waiters. They like office jobs or industrial
jobs where going to get a tool can take up to half an hour and they can easily be absent from work.
In a restaurant or bar, EVERY waiter is accounted for and must work 100% of the time, that is why there is not 1 waiter that is a union
representative. That is why the people marching yesterday had to beg and search for waiters to support them. We remember that in the good times when
money abounded they would come to our places of work and break our balls, order up the most expensive crap and were very much full of themselves. NOT
to mention that they never gave a damn when they would keep us up all night with their drinking making us do overtime for free, and they knew it. Or
when they would try and get us fired because we were not completely submissive to their attitudes.
We remember, they rubbed it in our faces enough not thinking they would ever need us. Well now they do. That is why for the first time in 40 years
there is a strike in the hospitality industry for better wages. WE negotiated that on our own and as a collective all asked for better wages and got
them. THEY did nothing.
You know why the unions are trying to make the biggest show possible this year and draw support? Because next year the government will not give them
even half of the subsidies they get now. THAT is the only reason.
They were SILENT when every single austerity measure was being announced and planned for, but when they realized that their subsidy was going out the
window as well, THEY freaked the F out. We were all happy to see the scum bags have to work like the rest of us they pushed around and acted
condescending to for all these years.
Waiters have been the lowest of the low. Servants to servants. Slaves.
That said, you don’t last almost 15 years working in it unless you love your job and are good at it. One or two year waiters come and go. They do it
for some quick cash. Lifelong waters and people in the hospitality industry do it because we just like it. Some people inherited that legacy. So we
are not up in arms for the conditions we grew up in or have been living with for many years.
Unions want to make a fuss because they need all the support they can get so they can get better bribes and conditions for their staff.
I have a customer who is a doctor here. She told me of a similar time when the unions MADE the doctors strike for better pay. You know what happened.
They won. Not better pay for the doctors...no. The unions got "talones" like checks, for paid time off from work. They were handed out like the spoils
of war. That was their main reason for making the strike that year, they were running low on those "talones", so they needed to get someone to
and on and on it goes...
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