"It's all black and Hispanic people downstairs," said Thomas, a 23-year-old African-American from the suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland.
Thomas works in the Senate cafeteria in the basement of the Dirksen building as a dish cleaner. Though there are exceptions, it’s mostly white people drinking and dining, and people like his color always tidy the place every time afterwards.
A group called Good Jobs Nation for past a year and a half has compiled a database of 160 rank-and-file employees it assumes would be eligible to vote if workers filed for a union election.
The demographics of the group after examination found the makeup of the service workforce to be the exact opposite of the senior-level Senate staff.
It was also found out that the low-wage workers were almost exclusively people of color — a whopping 97 percent, according to a demographic breakdown Good Jobs Nation provided to The Huffington Post.
“I think what’s happening at the Capitol reflects a larger trend in our economy — the gap between the knowledge economy workers and the service-sector workers,” said Joseph Geevarghese, director of Good Jobs Nation. “You’ve got a class of workers who are higher paid, and then you have an underclass of service workers who are
low-paid and struggling to make ends meet.”
As The Washington Post reported last year, one employee, Charles Gladden, has periodically been homeless while working as a janitor in the Senate. The bottom line is, as far as you are black, you do not deserve to be paraded to the top amidst whites.