A Growing Economic Recovery Bypasses Low-Wage Workers and Their Tables

December 14, 2014

The Working Life

By RACHEL L. SWARNS
NYTimes.com

It is the season of twinkling lights and glittering evergreens, festive parties and holiday bonuses. But not for José Gutiérrez.

He works as a busboy in Manhattan, clearing plates and wiping tables at an Italian restaurant for about $450 a week when the tips are good. It is not enough to keep groceries in the refrigerator, he said, barely enough to cover the rent.

So his heart sank when his 6-year-old daughter handed him her Christmas list. He knew he wouldn’t be joining the throngs of shoppers crowding into toy stores, filling shopping bags with their children’s dreams.

via A Growing Economic Recovery Bypasses Low-Wage Workers and Their Tables – NYTimes.com.

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