La Cucaracha by Lalo Alcaraz

La Cucaracha

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  1. indiethink

    indiethink said, about 4 hours ago

    Funny – I don’t recall Lalo chastising the companies that provided the formerly subcontracted security guards.
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    So when do former low wage workers start complaining because they can’t afford goods and services when companies raise their prices to meet higher wages.
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    Just observations.
    Indie “Red Beans and Rice” think

  2. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, about 4 hours ago

    Sounds like a good job to me…but, now what happens to all those guards who don’t get hired as employees? I can’t imagine Google is going to hire all of the sub-contracted guards…too much money, no?

  3. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, about 4 hours ago

    @indiethink

    “‘Red Beans and Rice’” (?)

  4. agrestic

    agrestic said, about 1 hour ago

    @indiethink

    Though Lalo didn’t directly criticize those subcontractors by name, he did have a strip several days back criticizing the general low pay afforded security guards and cleaning staff in Silicon Valley. And as the ultimate client of their services, Google (like other companies that subcontract) has a responsibility to these folks. Similar to how companies such as Apple, Gap, Nike, Samsung, and all those other companies that subcontract major portions of their manufacturing have a responsibility for the working conditions of those workers. Looks like Google decided to step up and do the right thing.


    As far as goods and services potentially becoming more expensive because of higher-paid employees, there are a few solutions. For instance, Google and Apple and other Silicon Valley giants operate with very high profit margins. They could, then, absorb the relatively negligible extra human resources expenditures by slightly reducing profits.


    There is also the fact that wherever minimum wages have been raised, it has either had a neutral or positive effect on the overall economy where it happens. Basically, people at the bottom of the wage scale got increased spending power, without the rest of the economy taking a hit. This is because low-paid employees are much more likely to turn around and spend the money they earn, thereby circulating it and creating more jobs in the process. While a company giving its lowest-paid employees raises isn’t exactly the same situation as a new overall wage floor for everyone in a city or a state, some of the same dynamics may apply.


    As an aside, it’s interesting that when general media discourse talks about low-paid folks getting wage increases, it is much more likely to be accompanied by worries about price rises, whereas when management gets exponentially larger raises and perks and bonuses, that doesn’t come into play. Which I suppose leads to another possible solution: limit the amount the highest-paid company employee gets paid to a reasonable multiple of what the lowest-paid employee gets. Especially since the average US CEO gets paid 331 times as much as the average worker and 774 times as much as a minimum wage earner.


    By the way, there’s a fun song called “Red Beans and Rice,” by Spearhead. You can find the song here and the lyrics here.


    Here ends a much longer post than I had intended. If you have read this far, congratulations. Or condolences. Take your pick.

  5. agrestic

    agrestic said, about 1 hour ago

    @ORMouseworks

    I can’t imagine Google is going to hire all of the sub-contracted guards…too much money, no?


    It’s 200 guards, so really not that much more money, particularly when considering the kinds of revenue Google pulls down.


    Even if each of those guards were to make an extra $50,000 a year—which they won’t—that would be an extra $10 million, compared to over $50 billion in profits last year. That is, it would be 0.02% of last year’s profits.


    Plus they won’t be paying SIS (the subcontractor) for overhead, though I imagine they’ll have other administrative expenses related to bringing the unit in-house.

  6. cdward

    cdward said, 12 minutes ago

    @ORMouseworks

    Google has LOTS of money. It could hire three times the number at full benefits, and the shareholders wouldn’t feel a thing.

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