Decency

Much noise is made by people about decency. Often, the target is verbal usage. Mothers are shocked at their children’s foul mouths. Much is also made of the fare served up to TV and movie watchers. You get the idea. But the real indecency lies elsewhere. It lies in people being so money grubbing, so cheap, so inhumane, that they will rob their employees. No, they won’t burglarize homes, but they will meanly, gratuitously, and maliciously keep them underpaid. A hundred years ago, our grandparents and great-grandparents were the ones being so abused in mill towns throughout the Northeastern USA and Europe. It was our "bantoukhds" who were striking for better pay and working conditions. It was the ARF that expelled some of its own members for being scabs. Today, it is others. It’s incumbent upon us to act in good conscience to help those workers laboring under such conditions to improve their lot in life. We have an opportunity to do the right thing, right in the heart of our own Armenian ghetto. The Glendale Hilton is playing games typical of abusive employers trying to prevent employee unionizing. UNITE HERE, representing hotel workers, has now issued a call to stay away from the Glendale Hilton until they stop impeding the attempts of its employees to organize. We should stop going to this facility in support of those who bust their humps doing work many of us won’t even do in our own homes. Isn’t it just and decent for such folks to expect livable wages? Cancel Sunday brunches, your breakfasts, parties, rooftop cigar sessions, business lunches, events, and weddings scheduled in the Hilton. Tell them why. It will do a world of good for the people most in need and willing to work for a living. Perhaps this will radiate to other Armenian communities and all will honor such just and justifiable boycotts. Think of the credibility it will garner for us. After all, we ask for others’ support in our struggle for justice and decency, isn’t it the least we can do to help others secure a decent living?

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