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Screw it; I'm gonna move to Massachusetts and become a janitor

Yesterday, the Boston Glob reported on a hearing over a new law being proposed in Massachusetts. It seems that when companies are sold, quite often one of the first things they do is change the cleaning companies, and that's just not fair. So they want to put a 90-day freeze on changing cleaning companies when a company is bought out.

The main witness spoke about her husband, who lost his job with an hour's notice when just the above happened. The Glob is overwhelmed with sympathy for this woman, but a few things jumped out at me:

1) Janitors in Massachusetts make an AVERAGE of $11.80 an hour, which is more than TWICE the minimum wage. And more than I make, for that matter.

2) The woman testified through a translator -- she doesn't even speak English well enough to whine properly.

3) Every single job I've ever held, I've been an "employee at will." That meant my employment could be terminated by either side, with zero notice, for any reason or no reason whatsoever. That's the norm these days. It's dampened my loyalty a bit, but that's the price employers seem willing to pay these days.

4) Who the hell is the STATE to tell anyone who they must do business with? Suppose the new owner has their own dedicated maintenance employees? Or an exclusive contract with another cleaning company?

5) What the hell kind of performance can an employer expect out of a cleaning crew that's essentially just been given 13 weeks' notice? I'm sure that the soon-to-be-unemployed workers will redouble their efforts and perform with even more efficiency and skills, so they can leave the building at the end with their heads held high and filled with the satisfaction of a job well done. And absenteeism will not change in the least.

6) Is there any particular reason why janitors are being singled out for this special protection? Why not all employees? Force the new owner to keep all of them on for 90 days, so they can "prove" their worth.

Personally, I think the basic idea here is a good one -- give the folks a chance to show they can do the job, and maybe even improve in the new conditions. But I find it repugnant in the extreme for the state to coercively demand, under penalty of law, that they do so.

But I guess that's just the Massachusetts way. The State knows what is best for everyone, so just shut up and do what they tell you, when they tell you, how they tell you -- or else.

J.


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Comments (25)

What do you expect from the... (Below threshold)
Vulgorilla:

What do you expect from the state whose US senators are Ted Kennedy and John Kerry? 'Nuf said. Heh.

OK, it's early morning and ... (Below threshold)
Retread:

OK, it's early morning and my brain isn't truly awake yet so I am likely missing something obvious but what happens to the other cleaning company? This stuff should be addressed by the contract between the cleaning company and its client, or in the building lease.

"...a problem that is growing as outsourcing cleaning crews becomes common practice..." Ah, there's the culprit: outsourcing, the current favorite whipping boy.

Based on what state lawmakers are willing to stick their noses in, it's a good thing Kerry is absent from the Senate so often.

How about government aides?... (Below threshold)
epador:

How about government aides? After an election change, you are required to keep the prior encumbant's staff on the payroll for 60 days. I can see some interesting debates in the Massa chews its [own behind] legislature on that one.

My mom was all up in arms a... (Below threshold)

My mom was all up in arms about Right To Work states because she was upset that her company could fire her for no reason whatsoever.

I asked her "Can you quit right now if you want with no legal ramifications?" When she said 'yes', it was immediately followed by an 'ooooh'.

So the law needs to be written that no employee can quit without 60 days notice as well. Watch how well that goes over.

"But I guess that's just th... (Below threshold)

"But I guess that's just the Massachusetts way. The State knows what is best for everyone, so just shut up and do what they tell you, when they tell you, how they tell you -- or else."

Which is part of the reason why Massachusetts was the only state in the country to post a negative population growth. Everybody's bailing out.

Reasonable notice (2-4 week... (Below threshold)
John:

Reasonable notice (2-4 weeks) is something a company should do, but not something they should be forced to do.

Of course, if it wasn't for illegal immigration, $12/hr. for a janitor would probably be a deal, Margarita Restrepo's husband would be able to keep her job. If he was able to get it in the first place. Oh, the irony.

Is this an end-run by the u... (Below threshold)
Neal:

Is this an end-run by the unions, using "poor" Maria as the front? Sure sounds like it.

Yes, $11.80/hr is a good sa... (Below threshold)

Yes, $11.80/hr is a good salary for someone who doesn't speak English.

Ideas born from emotional r... (Below threshold)
LargeBill:

Ideas born from emotional response make for crappy case law.

Ideas born from emotiona... (Below threshold)

Ideas born from emotional response make for crappy case law.

I propose the above (thanks, LargeBill) for the next constitutional amendment.

To be fair, Libertarian Gal... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

To be fair, Libertarian Gal, 1) we don't know what he makes -- that's the average; and 2) we don't know that he doesn't speak English, just that his wife doesn't.

But I would bet you're right on both counts.

J.

Of course, if it wasn't ... (Below threshold)
minnie:

Of course, if it wasn't for illegal immigration, $12/hr. for a janitor would probably be a deal, Margarita Restrepo's husband would be able to keep her job.

Yes, I agree with John. If it weren't for illegal immigration, janitors' wages would certainly be much higher, and that could only help small businesses.

"Suppose the new owner has ... (Below threshold)

"Suppose the new owner has their own dedicated maintenance employees? Or an exclusive contract with another cleaning company?"

Just wait until the new company has dedicated UNION maintenance employees. Just wait. Then the Glob will be in a fix. And the LibTards at City Hall will be have to change drool bibs.

Just more pointless foolish... (Below threshold)

Just more pointless foolishness from the nanny state I call home. Employment at Will is a part of the common law we inherited from England. It is not the norm in Europe or Canada. I doubt that this law will pass or survive judical review if it does pass.

SteveL, you can NOT possibl... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

SteveL, you can NOT possibly think the Mass. judicial system will rule against this? What the HELL are you smoking, and why won't you share?

J.

Somebody in a bad mood? Ja... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

Somebody in a bad mood? Janitors are union; that may have something to do with it.

Cindy

wish I could make that much an hour!!

"Who the hell is the STATE ... (Below threshold)

"Who the hell is the STATE to tell anyone who they must do business with? "

Good question.

Who the hell is the state to tell anyone who they must do business with?

http://www.gnn.tv/articles/article.php?id=942

In short:
For generations, small farmers in Iraq operated in an essentially unregulated, informal seed supply system. Farm-saved seed, agricultural experimentation, and the unrestricted exchange of planting materials among farming communities has long been the basis of Iraq’s cultivation practices. All this is rendered illegal by the new law. The seeds that farmers are now allowed to plant—“protected” crop varieties brought into Iraq by transnational corporations in the name of agricultural reconstruction—will be the property of the corporations.

Although historically the Iraqi Constitution prohibited private ownership of biological resources, the new U.S.-imposed patent law introduces a system of monopoly rights over seeds.

Do you really think you cou... (Below threshold)
John S.:

Do you really think you could line on $11.80 an hour in the Boston area? There’s that income tax we don’t have in N.H. and your car insurance will triple. My wife recently left a job in Boston to take a similar job in Nashua, N.H. She took a $3,000 cut in salary. Her take home rose $2,000 a year. And you wonder why 15,000 Massachusetts boat people flood over the N.H. border every year?

Well, don't move to Virgini... (Below threshold)
Bea:

Well, don't move to Virginia either unless you want to suffer the agony of miscarriage and go to prison if you don't report it to the State.

If Delegate John Cosgrove (R-78) has his way, Virginia HB1677 will become law in a few months. The bill requires any woman who experiences “fetal death” (aka miscarriage)without a doctor’s assistance to report it to a local law-enforcement agency within twelve hours of the miscarriage. Failure to do so is punishable as a Class 1 Misdemeanor. And if you don’t, pack your bags because the penalty is “confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2500, either or both.”

I moved from MA to VA but clearly haven't escaped idiocy...

This is how the Neo-Marxist... (Below threshold)
jim:

This is how the Neo-Marxists and Socialists will take control of the marketplace. One small step at a time.

I'll be looking for my new ... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

I'll be looking for my new job as the Inspector for the Hiring and Firing of Janitors in Big Office Buildings. I think with the required OT, because most of my 'clients' start after 5 and the fact that my contract requires me to clock off at 5, I'll knock down about $150K. And I'm eminently qualified since my wife is the niece of a Congressman. You'll be able to reach me during the day at The Aces High lounge on A Street which will give me quick access to both the Back Bay and Downtown and I'll be driving the Inspectional Services SUV with the Kerry/Edwards and Mayor Menino bumper stickers. I'll be available after 5 by cell when I'm in 'meetings' with my clients, representatives of the cleaning companies, property management companies and the SEUI union reps. At Christmas time your card to me should contain at least $500. And if any of you screw with me your property will be assessed at twice its current value and your car will have it's windows smashed in repeatedly.

"SteveL, you can NOT possib... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

"SteveL, you can NOT possibly think the Mass. judicial system will rule against this? What the HELL are you smoking, and why won't you share?

J."

J - I needed a good laugh tonight - thanks!!

Cindy

Bea - That's what the right... (Below threshold)
bushluv:

Bea - That's what the righties are really about - controlling people, always suspecting Evul, controlling our bodies.

Then they whine when someone wants to help FAMILIES a little bit, to give them time to find a new job as if that's totally horrible!

By the way - Why is it that DIVORCE is so high in red states? Massachusetts has the LOWEST DIVORCE RATE in the country.

All those "family values" types in the red states are the one destroying marriage.

Look at their heroes - double-adulterer and 3-times married Newt, flagrant adulterer Giuliana, 4 times married Rrruuuush.

One wonders if righties ever stop to think what's coming out of their mouths.

Hey Jim - I thought you rig... (Below threshold)
bushluv:

Hey Jim - I thought you righties were for states rights. OH - that's only when it comes to things like banning abortion and submitting laws to execute all gays....

Just to let you folks know.... (Below threshold)
John Smith:

Just to let you folks know...On the west coast, the great state of Washington does not give a damn about its citizens. When your ill they have a state employee who calls to let you know that the state DOES NOT CARE if you loose your house. In addition the D's get ballot recounts till they get what they want....this place needs a good cleaning....and when the lights go on, all the rats scurry for cover. I can hardly wait for that big janitor in the sky to overhaul this place!




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