Many Workers Have Problems Attending Caucuses

July 4, 2008 by  
Filed under Analysis & Research, Blog, Workers

People who work evenings or long hours during the day are another group that has problems attending the caucuses. While there is a statute in Texas that requires employers to allow employees to take off work to attend caucuses, the reality is that many evening workers miss the caucuses because they do not want to ask their bosses for time off.

One of the reasons for the reluctance to ask off of low wage workers is that they lack power in the workplace. Barbara Ehrenreich addressed the pressures faced by low wage workers in her book, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America“. A low wage worker may be asked to find a replacement for their shift if they want off. While the law prohibits this, someone working a low wage job knows that if they ask off for the caucuses, the next week they may have to ask off again for another personal reason or the week before they may have had to ask off for one reason or another, so their boss may say well you just had off last week.

Other people may not work in the evenings, but they may still have missed the caucuses because they had to get up early and work all day, some doing physically demanding jobs. They could have voted early at their convenience, but they may not have had the energy after a long day to attend a caucus at 7:15 PM that might last several hours. Low wage workers are also more likely to have trouble hiring a babysitter, so that they can attend the caucuses.

People whose jobs take them out of town on caucus night are also not able to attend a caucus.

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