Originally Posted by listopencil
From when I was about two years old my mother was a single mother of five, with no skills at all. I wouldn't say that she had an IQ of 90 but we were in that situation more often than not. No car. No phone. Sometimes the oil for the heater wouldn't last all Winter. At one point when we lived in a trailer park, someone broke into our "home" in the middle of the day while we were out. The only thing they could find to steal was a five pound chub of bargain hamburger. Dirt poor. By the time I (her last child) moved out for the last time she was a ward supervisor at a private psychiatric facility. She was never a union employee although she was sympathetic to unions when they still appeared to serve a purpose.
That's a fantastic story about your mother (sounds like a great idol growing up), but I'm not sure how that's a response to my point.
I said that your options for jobs are really limited if you're in her stead of life as you originally described it, not the supermarket cornucopia of opportunity that you suggested all employees enjoy. And I also said that employers have by far the most leverage.