While examining the working class persectives for the Center of the Working Class, I came across many stoylines that I like many are all too familiar with, the single parent with an alright job trying to support their family, two parents who still cannot manage to make enough, or even the kids right out of high school or college that just cant seem to find a job that pays adequatly.
The Center for the working class providedmany useful links to government websites where misuses of payroll can be reported. Also the website listed what your employer can and cannot do in regaurds to how you are paid. Many of the links were about working overtime and not being compensated for your full hours. I first handedly know how it feels to work fifty plus hours a week and then my paycheck says that I only worked 40. As a waitress the overall mentality is that you dont work for your paychecks, you work for your tips, but then again every penny counts.
I once was assigned to read "Nickl and Dimed" by Barabra Ehrenreich, I consider it one of the most influencial books that I have read in my college career. Wiki Nickel and Dimed. This woman who is a well known journalist set out to try and live on minimum wage. Taking any job she could get she attempted to make it in over three cities, sadly she was not successful. Like many other woman, some of the only jobs she could get were cleaning houses, waitressing or working at a walmart where she faced problems with union and pay.
On the PBS website, people like us attempted to show that although it may not seem like it, there are many people who you would not think were working class but are. One of the things that I disliked about the PBS website is that it almost reinforced the sterotypes through the games that they had. In one of the games it told you if you were working class or not by the items that you chose. One of the items that really stood out to me was the gun rack that you could put in "your living room". The gun rack represented working class because some people hunt for their food, yet there are plenty of wealthy people who are gun collectors and would love having a gun rack in their living room. The website tried to open our minds about who is working class yet I believe it did the opposite. I really hope that the movie doesn't convey that message as well.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
As you can see from my blog, my name is Abbey. I'm from Windsor Ct, a little town stuck between Hartford, and the airport in Windsor Locks and also between city life and farmland. I currently live in North Providence year round (dorm life wasn't for me). I work full time at Congress Tavern in downtown Providence and I babysit on occasion. This past summer I worked, took a summer course and traveled to northern Vermont and to D.C and Baltimore. When not in class im either working, sleeping, hiking, or hanging out with friends or family. The reason im taking this course is because I have filled my major and minor requirements with extra credits that need to be filled (and it seemed like it could be interesting). Hopefully I am introduced to many new things that I had not known before.