Those are some of the reasons why the American Dream is too out of reach for most people. One reason that makes it very tricky to achieve the American Dream, is due to the fact of how much it costs to live and survive life every day on a normal basis. The basic necessities of life are a huge cost in itself, especially with the wages nowadays. That causes the people with the poor wages to struggle
When it came to family life, to say they struggled is an understatement. Along with businesses, homes where degraded to almost nothing and with the desperation of the people inside them, things weren’t much better. People where scouring every nook and cranny to at least find a penny. The wages where so low a penny was worth much more than they are today(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression). People were willing to do almost anything to get their hands on some form of payment.
These characters are trying to make money quickly without thinking about their safety. When Jurgis gets his first job in Packingtown in a slaughterhouse he gets good pay but he works for long hours(pg 35). Every minute spent in that slaughterhouse it drains all of Jurgis’s energy but he is still committed to live a decent life. Jurgis is committed to gain that type of living but the corrupt owners of the meat packing industry are trying to spoil all the American Dream ideals for their gain. Even with the new house purchase that the family bought, it was full of hidden cost that family was fooled into buy.
McBudget In the article 'McBudget' by Leonard Pitts Jr. he explains how Mcdonald's tried to help it's employees by coming up with a budget for them to live by, but has had mostly bad reactions by everyone. It later goes on to say that the McBudget is controversial with some people agreeing with it and others calling unrealistic. The article also points out that there are various reasons people wind up in such bad financial situations. whether it was from having a child early in life or dropping out of school. The employees are just asking for a better chance to live their lives by fighting for a higher wage.
Illegal immigration has been a sensitive topic to discuss over the years. Most of these immigrants come into the United States in look for a better life, escaping the poverty from their country of origin. Many people are against illegal workers coming into the country, others are greatly benefited by their work. Many opportunistic employers have targeted these “day laborers”, called by Abel Valenzuela Jr., the author of the article “Immigrant Day Laborers”, to take advantage of their work. Immigrant workers are an important part of the U.S. economy and should be benefited by the work they do.
Many brands also do a form of human trafficking, they send their materials overseas to sweat shops where children and women are paid less than a dollar a day to make products like Nike apparel and shoes, Patagonia clothing, and many other brands. Large businesses send their hands on work overseas because many people will work for such a cheap wage. A lot of women fall for situations like this because of the young ages or times in their life they’re vulnerable to anything or anyone who says that they are willing to
Social Group: Fathers During this time period, fathers were the “breadwinners” and expected to work and provide for their families. However, black fathers in the 1950’s particular had to work long hours because the only jobs available to them were often low paying. This directly correlates with African-American’s low place on the social ladder during this pre-Civil Rights era. It was also extremely difficult for African-American women to find work during this time, placing the financial buren solely on the father. They took great pride in their earnings, and sometimes abused their power as head of the household.
These workers aren’t being paid nearly enough as they should be paid for all the hard work that they do. I think they should be given more flexibility in the work area and that their employers should be nicer to them. Like for example how one of the people that Barbara met during her job working as a maid, she was not feeling well the entire time and was still working her hardest without getting any breaks to get better. These workers aren’t even getting paid to at least eat a proper meal or to find good housing to live in. If someone who was raising a child alone, it would be extremely hard and a low paying job that only paid about $6 an hour would not be nearly enough to live off
Dangerous and Daring Have you ever thought of who made your clothes? Unfortunately, during the Industrial Revolution child labor was typical throughout the world. Adults were forcing young children to work in deadly conditions with very little pay. Parents of the children needed the money but hated seeing their children suffer through the physical pain. Children’s bosses were greedy and paid them under what they should’ve gotten.
Part 1: Managing Money While Playing Sports Working while participating in sports and other school activities can be extremely difficult. An athlete faces the same expenses as those who aren’t in sports, perhaps even some extra relating to their sport, however they have half of the amount of time to work. Unfortunately, life doesn’t become any cheaper for athletes, so being an athlete myself, I had to learn how to manage my money under these conditions. I quickly found it too difficult to have a “traditional” job while trying to maintain good grades in the time I was given. My experience was like a bad joke, I started out excited but was disappointed with the punchline.
I was surprised too of how much clothe they wash for so little pay that they receive for it. I understand why they did the strike it was unfair to get pay that they were bing pay. When they strike “They sought higher pay, respect and autonomy over their work and established a uniform rate at $1 per dozen pounds of wash” (Atlanta’s Washerwomen Strike). Now a days it does not seem like a lot of money but back then it was better than what they were getting pay. They deserve better pay because what they do its hard work.
I chose the above paragraph, because it really dawns on you the daily cost of living and struggles faced by the working-class people. “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich is an eye opener, as it helps you get a glimpse into the lives of the working-class people and the many hardships endured by them on a daily basis. It is appalling to learn that so many people do not even have access to proper nutrition and healthcare, which I think should be a basic necessity and not a luxury. These people work hard and have absolutely nothing to show for. California is an excellent example of the great divide between the rich and poor, with the middle class almost non-existent.
Many people that are victims who are trafficked are seeking to escape poverty and discrimination, improve their lives and send money back to their families. Often they get an offer of a well-paying job, when these victims arrive at the place of destination; they find that the work they were promised does not exist and they are forced instead to work in jobs or conditions to which they did not agree. I personally think that this is the harshest thing anyone can go
Once they get to America, they realize that life here was not all that it was cracked up to be. They get mistreated, and their daily lives become very challenging. It is very hard for them to find jobs, and once they do, they get paid little to no money at all. Both the Flint Water Crisis and The Jungle have many similarities. They both are real life stories on how government officials let many people suffer due to corruption in the government.
This problem affects not only the health of employees, but also the wellness of customers, and both, should be the most important elements in this kind of business. Finally, workers do not receive a fair compensation for the hard work they do. After having dedicated hours and hours of their time to deliver a good service, many times they only receive a minimum wage salary. Words Cited Gentile, Dan. "Things You Have to Explain to People Who 've Never Worked in Kitchens."