Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

how do booming national and international chain restaraunts, hotels, retail outlets, and cleaning servies, and elder care facilities affect treatment and aspiraations of low wage workers?

Consider how market compition and the push for profits drive the nickel and diming of America's lowest paid

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Privatizing all of these institutions makes these companies answerable to their share holders. Profit is the main factor, if not the only factor, for their existence. Patient, customer and employee care factor little in the corporate decision making process. Many of these companies look for low wage workers with little education. This way they can provide minimal training, pay minimum wage and turn maximum profit. This ideology runs straight across the board. Workers have no incentive to do better because there is little chance of advancement in position or pay. For these low wage workers, the system is spirit crushing.