“If I had a dime for every meal or cup of coffee I’ve generated in the North End, I’d have a boat by now.”
The labor and ecological movements must converge, Wallis argues, despite a fraught history pitting “Jobs” against “the Environment.”
This raucous crowd on the picket line—four to five hundred last Friday at the Ritz—are the very people who work in these fancy hotels, providing black-tie service with a smile, the very people who make the booming hospitality industry move.
“People in this country are being taught to think that they don’t deserve pensions, that they don’t deserve good health care coverage ... But it doesn’t have to be this way.”
It used to be that Flaherty was part of a crew of five UMB painters. Together they handled everything from repainting offices for new faculty hires to cleaning up the occasional graffiti to preparing the campus for open houses, making sure that visitors would get only the best impression.