I don’t usually write in to news publications, but with this issue, that has gotten out of hand, I’m going against what I’m comfortable doing and writing in.
I feel that I need to bring awareness to the women out there about what is really going on with the subject we hate and love most, cleaning ladies.
I’m on the market for a new one currently and there’s a shortage of ladies out there willing to clean. I’m not sure if this has to do with the whole corona and the government payments… but I pray that it passes. This puts many women in a position of feeling desperate.
This issue is bringing us into another even bigger problem. I was paying $14 to my last cleaning lady and was open minded enough to realize that perhaps I will have to go up a dollar or maybe $2 for a new one. Well, it seems like they want $20 an hour! That was the response of the last few women that I hung up with. The other day I was fortunate enough to have someone else’s lady by me for a few hours, temporarily. I had a little talk with her, asking her if she has any friends looking for work… and what she told me was astounding that I felt I had to share.
There are a few cleaning lady whatsapp chats, where they network to find work. She says that many times when someone posts a lady looking for household help it’s followed by, “She’s only willing to pay $15 an hour”.
She informed me that on many of these chats the ladies are encouraging each other not to accept any jobs for less than $20 an hour. They say, if they all are on the same page, the Lakewood ladies will have to give in and pay it.
So you see… they’re smarter than we are!
And believe me, they are as desperate to make money as we are to have cleaning help.
When a few Lakewood women agree to this price, it’s all over their whatsapp chats and they all end up demanding the very same thing.
Ladies, I have a question, If they can band together – why can’t we?
I believe it may hurt for a little, being without cleaning help is definitely a challenge. But if they see that they don’t have work because we don’t budge from, say $15 an hour, we have much to gain.
Their husbands are doing back breaking work in rain or shine and are receiving about $15 an hour. They shouldn’t be getting more than that for doing housework.
Many Lakewood women looking for office jobs aren’t even being offered this amount! Does this even make sense?
And if we are the ones giving into this and paying this outrageous amount, then only we are to blame, and we are hurting ourselves and our fellow women who need extra outside help.
They won’t stop at $20. Let’s stop this ridiculousness before it gets more out of hand.
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