The Crucifixion of WeWork
As I sat down to lunch today I saw the story break about WeWork, the co-working (and soon, potentially co-living) startup based in NYC. The gist of the story, as BuzzFeed would have you believe, is that the people who have been cleaning the WeWork offices were fired, quite conveniently after there was a request from the workers to be given raises up to union wage standards.
Seems an innocent enough request, no? So why the firing? The problem, unfortunately, is that we don’t know.
BuzzFeed would have you believe that WeWork is turning its back on underpaid immigrant workers, even as the company raises funding at a $10 billion valuation. But the weak links of the story are buried deep in the text:
They are employed by a contractor, Commercial Building Maintenance (CBM), which pays cleaners as little as $10 an hour, less than half the standard wage for the majority of New York City’s...
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