Fired for Putting out Fire – Raise the Minimum Wage
Raise your hand if you would want your child’s daycare teacher to leave the kids unattended for a moment while she went to investigate the smell of smoke and ultimately put out a fire.
Thought so. Me too. That’s exactly what Michelle Hammack did and she was fired for it. As The Huffington Post reports, the Florida day care teacher smelled something burning and found a small fire in an oven of a nearby room. After putting out the fire she rushed back to her class, woke her napping kids and got them all outside.
Hero, right? Wrong. According to WTEV-TV, hours after putting out the fire, Hammack was fired. Her employer, Olga Rozhaov, tells the TV station Hammack never should have left the children unsupervised.
“I fired her only because she left her room…It’s not acceptable, and if anybody else does the same thing, I will fire again. I will fire them. No question.”
Rozhaov goes on to explain that her first priority is children. Really? So you’d rather have her the teacher huddle in the room with all the kids as fire rages closer and closer? What is wrong with people? Even if it was technically wrong to leave the room, don’t you think an exception could be made for extenuating circumstances?
This kind of crap makes me insane. How about we try to use a little common sense here? Putting out a potentially dangerous fire is putting the children first, even if you have to leave them unattended for a few seconds to do so.
The protest was organized by The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, a coalition of several advocacy groups in Ontario. Members of the group include Ontario ACORN, Worker’s Action Centre, and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. Protesters gathered outside the ministry’s Toronto office to urge it to unfreeze the current $10.25 wage an hour and raise it to $14. The group says this would raise the full-time, minimum-wage annual income to 10 per cent above the poverty line.Minimum wage in Ontario has been frozen for the past three years. “This issue resonates everywhere we go. You cannot survive on $10.25 when all the other costs of living have been going up. The minimum wage needs to also go up,” said Sonia Singh of the Worker’s Action Centre.
Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi says the government is committed to building a stronger economy and fair society for all Ontario residents. http://bit.ly/10rjrSY