Pizza time, in Lacey Washington, shut off the heat. Employees will have to work in temperatures of about 25F. The owners said:
“If you don’t want to work here quit, otherwise shut up and do your job. The next person I hear complaining is off for two weeks. We don’t have heat!! You guys screwed up, not us. You want to blame someone, look in the mirror.”
“They know where they work. If they can’t deal with it then there are plenty of other jobs out there,” said Benjamin.
Except, of course, there aren’t. Washington State unemplyoment is climbing: “The current statewide four-week moving average for number of initial claims filed now is 47 percent higher than last year at this time. And the current average for continued claims is 71 percent higher than last year.”
Indeed, it strikes me that if management really thought that there were “plenty of other jobs out there”, they would be increasing wages and fringe benefits– like heat.
It does strike me, in fact. Striking may be exactly what’s called for…