As the US continues its march towards restoring Dickensian working conditions, community college instructors in Kalamazoo, Michigan, are depending on donations to make it through January, due to a “miscommunication” over pay schedules.
Some highlights from the article. Serious medical condition? Good luck with that:
When the drive began last week, they first distributed aid to employees who had the greatest needs. “There was someone who has diabetes and won’t get through the month without insulin,” she said. “She got a gift card.”
Speak out about your atrocious living conditions? Careful now - wouldn’t want things to get any worse, would we?
“I have no discretionary money to put aside for this,” said one part-time Kalamazoo Valley instructor, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job.
And my favorite: the luxurious lifestyle of the idle college professor - tinned food and all:
The anonymous instructor said she had received two gift cards and a small check, plus two cans of food—one of apricots and one of corn.
“The full-time teachers have stepped up for us,” she said. “I am not out of the woods yet, but I probably won’t go hungry.”