Really, this isn’t the best time to be working everybody elses’ last nerve…
Uhhh. “She has since fielded requests from one of the families to do video calls because their children miss her. The parents did not offer to compensate her for the calls.” https://t.co/AbScux4y61
— Antonia Hylton (@ahylton26) March 26, 2020
… Household help, often performed by undocumented immigrants like Ms. Zamorano, has become a fixture of American homes. In a thriving economy, even middle-class families have been able to hand off their mops, brooms and lawn mowers to low-paid workers from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and other countries. With reliable caregivers at home, many dual-income couples have raised children while building high-powered careers.
The coronavirus crisis is compelling many families to reassess. Concerns about the safety of an outsider entering their homes coupled with financial instability have prompted even the well-heeled to dispense with their help, and severance payments are a rarity.
Unlike their employers, undocumented workers cannot collect unemployment or benefit from a government bailout. They are part of the bustling informal economy, typically paid cash and off the books for the essential work they do. Without paid sick leave, remote work capability and access to jobs, they become uniquely vulnerable.
We cancelled our cleaners, but paid them anyway + an extra $300 each. One of them has a covid-19 positive spouse and is in quarantine. They sent us a heartfelt thank you. You can do it too. DON"T CANCEL ANYTHING! https://t.co/T1Z7rOhZ3u
— Shamir Karkal (@shamir_k) March 25, 2020
Jeremy Jacobs is the owner of the Boston Bruins. He’s worth more than $3 billion … he’s providing 68 employees on leave with one week of paid leave and reducing salary for 82 others. Again he’s worth more than $3 billion https://t.co/yMwKO8so9J pic.twitter.com/8XIUspF8gp
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) March 25, 2020
IOW: Cosplay Socialists are mad about laid off workers getting an extra $10,800 over the next 4 months.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) March 25, 2020
It should be more. But damn, I'd love to be rich enough that $1200 wasn't a significant amount of money. https://t.co/xz0iFI2fx5
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) March 25, 2020