– A longtime Dulles International Airport contract worker, who is an immigrant from Sierra Leone, was recently fired from her job as a custodian and wheelchair agent because they believe she asked for a tip. Although they are allowed to receive tips, the company prohibits them from asking customers for one. (WaPo, 8/1)
Isata Jalloh [the worker] denies doing so but said it doesn’t matter because she was not allowed to defend herself and no investigation was done. She showed up to work one day, she said, and was told she no longer had a job. The ease in which that happened speaks to the vulnerability of low-wage immigrant workers who can stand on seemingly steady ground for years, or even decades, and with the slightest kick, feel it crumble beneath them.
Wheelchair agents, unknown to many in the public, are paid based on the assumption that they will earn tips, and yet they are not allowed to let passengers know that. Many of these workers were earning as little as $7.25 an hour before the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board in January started requiring companies that do business at the Dulles and Reagan National airports to pay contract workers a base hourly wage of $11.55.
– Maryland’s male doctors earn 50 percent more than females, survey finds (Baltimore Sun, 8/1)
PHILANTHROPY | According to a new Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy report, Dissonance & Disconnects: How early- and mid- career practitioners see themselves, their institutions and their field, a majority of respondents believe that their institution’s work is relevant to the issues facing society today, but only 40% feel that their institution is in touch with the needs of the community. (EPIP, 8/1)
TRANSPORTATION | DC Council proposed a bill to ban cashless restaurants a few weeks ago. Now Metro is trying out cashless buses, which will prohibit people from using cash to pay their fare. (GGWash, 8/1)
VETERANS | What’s The Story Behind D.C.’s Old Soldiers’ Home, And What’s The Future Of The Campus? (WAMU, 8/2)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | A Greater Greater Washington contributor has estimated which jurisdiction has the most representation in the Greater Washington region. (GGWash, 8/1)
A few words which continue to echo today from James Baldwin on his birthday.