I-"Dirty Work" - George Getschow - Wall Street Journal

I-"Dirty Work" - George Getschow - Wall Street Journal

"The Day Laborer's Toil Is Hard, Pay Minimal, Security Nonexistent; In Houston, the Jobless Fill Labor Pools That Retake Part of Each Day's Wage; The System at Krash Cabin"

by: George Getschow | publication date: June 22, 1983 | Publication: Wall Street Journal | pages: p1

"Houston -- It's 5 a.m., and the 120 tenants of Krash Cabin, a filthy flophouse run by one of the many day-labor outfits on the fringes of downtown, are getting their instructions from the burly bunkhouse manager: 'Get your asses out of bed before I throw you out,' he shouts. "One man, exhausted after digging ditches for 10 hours in 85-degree heat the day before, begs to be allowed to recuperate in his bunk. 'I'm too sick to work today,' he tells Bob McClarity, the tattoed bunkhouse boss. 'I don't give a damn,' barks the boss, hauling him out of his bunk. 'This ain't a charity hospital.'"

Getschow lives the life of a day laborer in this,, part one of a two-part series for the Wall Street Journal, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1983.

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